Nancy Lee Ritchie

November 3, 1940 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Nancy Ritchie Obituary

Nancy Lee (Keene) Ritchie of Warsaw, Indiana and formerly of Buchanan, Michigan went home to be with her Lord at 3:13 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the age of 83.  She passed away at home surrounded by her loved ones. 

She was born on November 3, 1940, in Valparaiso, Indiana to Merle Lorene (Hanrahan) and Edward Keene.  Nancy spent her youth in the town where she was born and graduated from Valparaiso High School.  It was there that she met her life-long best friend, Ethel (Weidmann) Giesler.  Nancy went on to attend Indiana University in Bloomington. 

She worked for the Porter County Road Commission then the Porter County Courthouse.  Later she and her husband, Gene, opened the 711 Cycle & Sport Shop in Chesterton, Indiana.  In 1972, Gene found a piece of property in Buchanan, Michigan that would set the course for their family’s future.  He and Nancy, with the help of friends and family founded “Redbud Motocross”, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2023.  Redbud has hosted some of the biggest motocross events in the world.  What Gene and Nancy were most proud of are all of the memories created at Redbud for so many generations of racers and families. 

Nancy was a bit shy but connected with many friends over the years. She dearly loved her children and later enjoyed being a grandmother.  Spending time with family was the most loved part of her life, they were everything to her.  She was deeply loved and will forever be missed by many. 

She leaves behind her son, Tim (Stephanie) Ritchie (Buchanan, MI); two daughters, Amy Ritchie (Niles, MI); and Angie Wagner (Warsaw, IN).  Also surviving is her brother, Delos Keene (Ormond Beach, FL); her beloved seven grandchildren, Dalton, Peyton, Madelyn, Maxwell, Evan, Jacob and Sidney.  Nancy’s first great grandchild, Wrenlee Jo Wagner, began her life on this earth just hours after Nancy completed hers.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Gene Ritchie.

Nancy’s  Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2024, from 2-5 pm at Orchard Hills Country Club, 2841 Niles Buchanan Rd, Buchanan, Michigan.  

She will be buried at Kimball Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana.  Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to RedBud Area Ministries, 708 N. Red Bud Trail, Buchanan, MI  49107, or Life Action Ministries, 2727 Niles Buchanan Rd, Buchanan, MI 49107.

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