Ritchie was born and raised near Madison, South Dakota on a dairy farm. He graduated from Madison-Orland High School prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy serving from 1967-1971. Ritchie was stationed in Japan and Vietnam near Da Nang and Quang Tri with the Navy Seabees Amphibious Construction Battalion -1 (ACB-1) West Pac Battalion and later assisted with a crew that picked up Apollo 14 from the South Pacific.
Ritchie began his professional career in the private sector from 1972 to 1980. He went on to work 30 years for the City of Rapid City before retiring on January 7, 2011 as an Industrial Waste Technician for the Water Reclamation Facility.
Ritchie has served on the Rapid City Common Council since 2011 representing Ward 2.
Ritchie’s other community leadership roles include serving on the Water Environment Federation, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a past dance instructor for the Career Learning Center of Rapid City.
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