Zebedee Ritchie Jr., 81, of North Vernon died at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2021, at his residence.

Funeral services for Mr. Ritchie will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Family and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to services Thursday, December 30, 2021. Burial will follow at Vernon Cemetery.

Mr. Ritchie retired from Martinrea in September of 2007 where he had worked for 35 years. He had previously worked for Golden Foundry in Columbus for four years before going to Martinrea. Mr. Ritchie was a member of Chestnut Street Community Church and a former member of North Vernon Wesleyan Church. He enjoyed listening to music, hunting, and woodworking. He was a mechanic and handyman. Mr. Ritchie loved spending time with his family.

Born April 30, 1940, in Knott County, Kentucky, Mr. Ritchie was the son of Zebedee Ritchie Sr. and Columbia Wooten Ritchie. He married Barbara S. Collins August 30, 1958, in North Vernon and

she survives.

Other survivors include sons, Gary Lee (Kimberly) Ritchie of Columbus, John David Ritchie of Muncie and Darren Keith (Shelly) Ritchie of Vernon; daughters, Catherin Ann Ritchie, Melinda Kay (Mark) Kuntz and Tanya Renee Kuntz, all of North Vernon; brother, Jimmie Ritchie of North Vernon; sisters, Geneva Young of Commiskey and Rosa Lee (Carroll) New of North Vernon; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Ritchie was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Peggy Sue Ritchie; and brothers, Chester Leo and Cecil Ritchie.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to donor’s choice of charity.