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John M. Ritch

March 24, 1942 ~ August 4, 2017 (age 75)
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Message from Jim and Kay Jaarsma
August 6, 2017 11:31 AM

So sorry to here about John, Linda. Gary Allen told me he was ill when we saw him in Florida and you've been in our prayers. I remember how you and John met. Kind of a fairy tale because he lived right down the street from you. (I hope I have the story right) Hugs and prayers for you and your family.
Message from College of Health Professions - Academic Advisors
August 9, 2017 10:32 AM

As academic advisors we got to know John in his role and support of students at GVSU. Kind, gentle, wise and caring are words that come to the minds of those of us in the College of Health Professions - Student Services who were blessed to know him. We are grateful that we got to know him - - - if even only for a snippet of his 75 years.
Message from Tom & Eileen Mahern
August 9, 2017 11:18 AM

John was our Friend. He was always positive about life and its trials. Godspeed dear friend.
Message from Jan and Tim Connell
August 10, 2017 7:29 AM

Linda and Family,
Our sympathy to all of you in John's passing. Initially we came together through hospital business and from there our relationship grew on a daily basis. As I transitioned into the GNA world, John was my contact...personally and professionally. There were many long nights when I would be traveling back to the East side of the state and my car phone would ring....my friend John checking to see if I was awake, safe and OK. We travelled together, worked together, did consulting projects together and loved to play golf together.

My world was better because of John. Today our world is saddened because of his passing.
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A MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent on August 10, 2017

Dear Ritch's- Sending all you our deepest sympathies & wishing you all piece & comfort. All our love & support- Aunt Maureen & Uncle Bill, Cousins Melissa, David, Tom, JP, Jenny, Jon, Davis & Ryan

Message from Nancy Ryan
August 12, 2017 10:58 AM

I had the great privilege of having John as a professor at GVSU. He was such a kind man with a warm, contagious smile and always a sharp dresser with his pumas. He had such a fascinating journey with so much wisdom to share with all of us, and we were so lucky to be able to have him share it with us. John made a big impact on my life along with many other students and colleagues. My heart aches with hearing of his passing and he will surely be missed. I hope love and comfort of family and friends and the many great memories of his amazing life help bring peace to those you are hurting.
Message from Dan and Pam Vaughn
August 15, 2017 9:14 AM

Our sincere love and best wishes to the entire family. John was such a positive influence on the faculty and students of the Physical Therapy program at Grand Valley State University during his final years of work. We were tremendously blessed to have him on our faculty. We learned of John's passing while on vacation and regret that we were not in town for the services. Nonetheless, we were and are remembering John and his family in our prayers.
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