Stanley Dean RitchieSeptember 30, 1937 ~ February 29, 2016 (age 78)
Stanley Dean Ritchie passed away peacefully at Florida Medical Center on February 29, 2016 having fought a courageous battle against cancer.
Stan was born on September 30, 1937 in Des Moines, Iowa to Sterling and Lillian Ritchie. He graduated from Des Moines East High School in 1954. He then attended Drake University.
Stan was the oldest of six children; he was the leader in his family in always looking out for the well-being of his brothers and sisters, David, Bruce, Phillip, Lavera and Phyllis.
Stan was a talented and successful businessman starting with his career in real estate development in Des Moines working for Sears Property Brokers Realty; he also had a very successful career as an executive with Dunkin Donuts in Chicago. He also owned and operated popular restaurants in Kansas City along with owning various real estate development projects in the Kansas City area. Stan retired to Pompano Beach to pursue his true passion, which was playing golf. As a very talented golfer, over the past twenty years, he won many local amateur tournaments along with his playing partner, Jimmy Morrell. In furthering his love for golf, Stan was the head tee-time starter at the Pompano Beach Country Club, where he met many of his lifelong golfing friends.
In his younger years, Stan was very active at the Des Moines Community Playhouse and played the lead in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Ted Kehoe the then Director of the Des Moines Community Playhouse stated that Stan was the finest natural actor he'd ever seen.
Stan had an outgoing and pleasant personality that his friends and associates truly enjoyed. He had a positive and upbeat attitude throughout his life.
Stan always had something nice to say about people. He never complained and always looked at the bright side of life in living his life to the fullest.
Stan loved his family, especially in his many visits with his daughter Tania, including being with his grandchildren, Natasha, Sabrina and Alex, in going for walks on the beaches and in collecting seashells along the way.
Stan is survived by his two children, Tania (Brad) Burt, Blake Mishler; grandchildren, Natasha (Zack) Sayles, Sabrina Ahmed, Alex Burt and great grandchild, Sophia Sayles, including step-grandchildren, Lauren Burt, Sam Burt and his brother David Ritchie. He is also survived by his former wife, Penelope Swan.
A private family service in celebration of Stan’s life will be held at a later date. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed at www.edenfuneralservices.com.