Eldon Ritcheson, 68, of Kibler died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at his home. He was born May 6, 1949, in Fort Smith. He was a retired welder for Rheem, Army veteran of the Vietnam War, member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 42 in Alma and the widower of Jeannie Ritcheson.

He is survived by a daughter, Sherry Ritcheson of Fort Smith; two sons, Brian Ritcheson of Kibler and David Howard of Oklahoma City; a sister, Sharon Wise of Little Rock; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Aug. 21 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel in Van Buren. Burial with military honors was at Gill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brian and Chase Ritcheson, Preston Barker, Joe Presley, Paul Mason and James Perry.