Charles Arland Ritchie

05/08/1946 - 01/16/2024


Obituary For Charles Arland Ritchie

Charles Arland Ritchie, 77, of Chippewa Falls passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at home.

Charles was born May 8, 1946 to Clarence Ritchie and Caroline Strawn in Colfax. He graduated from Colfax High School. He was united in marriage to Susan Johnson on August 13, 1969, at St. James in Eau Claire. Chuck was a United States Army Vietnam Veteran assigned to the Stars & Stripes. Upon returning, he studied electronics leading to a career in radio and tv media. Chuck enjoyed fishing, bird watching, model trains, antique radios, and drives in the country. Chuck loved spending time with his granddaughters. He especially enjoyed attending their various events. He will be dearly missed by his family.

Chuck is survived by his sons, Eric (Jill) Ritchie of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Todd (Donna Webb and children) Ritchie of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Zoey, Mia, and Emma Ritchie; brothers Clifford Foslid of Colfax, Wisconsin, Paul Ritchie of Colfax, Wisconsin, Duane (Em-Li) Ritchie of Tacoma, Washington; and sister, Juanita (Marvin) Wright of Niceville, Florida. He is further survived by many other family members.

Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Ritchie; his parents; and brother Dale Ritchie.

A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elk Mound on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 12:00 pm. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at Smith Funeral Chapel from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Friends and family may leave online condolences at


24 Jan


04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Smith Funeral Chapel 2222 London Rd Eau Claire, WI 54701 Get Directions »
25 Jan


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

St. Joseph's Catholic Church West Menomonie Street Elk Mound, WI 54739 Get Directions »
25 Jan

Funeral Service

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

St. Joseph's Catholic Church West Menomonie Street Elk Mound, WI 54739 Get Directions »
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  • 01/24/2024

    I worked with Chuck for a number of years at WQOW 18 and always enjoyed chatting with him. He was a kind soul and dedicated employee, and I always enjoyed our chats.

  • 01/23/2024

    Chuck was a great guy! Becky and I both worked with him at WQOW and he always was a kind soul! Good work ethic and always willing to help others. Wish we could be there to celebrate chucks life but we are out of state at this time. Dan and Becky Hilson.


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