John was born on March 6, 1956, the son of the late Allen and Vermeil Ritchie.
Survivors include his wife, Denise Swiber Ritchie; one brother, Sonny Deffes and wife April of Livingston Parish; mother-in-law, Marie Mae Swiber; brothers-in-law, Henry Swiber Jr. and wife Dianne, Mike Swiber and wife Paula and Dennis Swiber, all of Morgan City; sisters-in-law, Pat Autrey and husband Ray, Marie Fromenthal and husband Rodney, all of Morgan City, Barbara Strader and husband Tom of Berlin, N.J., and Carlene Swiber of Bayou Vista; and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Henry Swiber Sr.; and brother-in-law, David Swiber.
A graveside service will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, 5200 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at 10 a.m.
Greenwood Funeral Home in New Orleans is in charge of the arrangements, 504-486-0880.