Justin Ritchie was born May 24, 1972, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Steven Ray Ritchie and Martha Cooper Ritchie. 

He passed away unexpectedly on April 30, 2022, at his home in the Cannon Creek Community, at a place he loved so much.

Justin was an outdoors man and loved being at one with nature. He enjoyed fishing, planting ginseng, hunting mushrooms, ax throwing (when ax throwing wasn’t cool), collecting artifacts, was a football enthusiast, and was thought of by his family and friends as history “Professor” without the benefit of or need for a degree, always welcoming discussions with others. 

His high school years were spent at Farmington, where his friends called him “Juice”. He attended the University of Arkansas. He just completed his 30th year on the job at United Parcel Service in Springdale. 

Justin’s greatest joy centered on his family. He delighted in every aspect of being a father. He was a Christian with a strong faith in God. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Laura Ritchie, and their young children, Ian Cooper Ritchie and Ava Grace Ritchie; his brother, Jason Cooper Ritchie and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Ritchie. He also leaves behind numerous extended family members and a very special circle of lifetime friends.

Fly high on perfect wings our free bird son, brother, husband, daddy, and friend. Our hearts are broken but our love for you is eternal, and we will see you again.

Private/close friend service was at Moore’s Chapel in Fayetteville, Ark., at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6. 

The family will welcome friends and family to a celebration of life immediately following service at Cannon Creek, 924 Madison 5340, Elkins, Ark.