Later in life, Oreo and he could be found in his car port with a piece of wood constructing hope chests, Johnny outhouses, tables, wardrobes, china cabinets, potato bins and many others. Projects he started usually developed into a production where one piece became ten and was then given to family and friends.
Ritchie was preceded in death by his father, Luther Willard Epperly; his mother, Helen Furrow Epperly; and his best bud of 18 years, Oreo.
Left to cherish his memory is his son, Phillip Epperly and his wife, Ashley; his daughter, Brooke Epperly and her fiance, Seth Van Hoy; his one and only granddaughter, Vivienne Epperly; his brother, Barry Epperly and his wife, Diane; his niece and nephew, Corissa and Caleb Epperly; and his uncle and puzzle buddy Ray Epperly and his wife, Edith; as well as a number of friends.
Friends meant the world to him, and he was always grateful for the time he got to spend with each of them. The family will receive friends from 4 to p.m. today, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at North Fork Baptist Church, 905 Lusters Gate Rd. Blacksburg, Va. 24060.