Norman Dritch

obit_dritchNorman Dritch, 74, died Feb. 1, 2015.

Mr. Dritch was born in Ponca City, Okla., and moved to Tulsa with his mother when he was 3 years old. He graduated from Will Rogers High School and was an active member of AZA, BBYO’s program for Jewish teenage boys, serving as president of his chapter. He attended the University of Oklahama and was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu. He served in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, his working career included hotel and restaurant management and retail management, including 20 years with Foley’s Department Stores in Houston. In 1986 Mr. Dritch moved to Great Bend, Kan., where he worked in the recycled metals business, before moving to northern California, where he did restaurant consulting and worked for Sysco Foods. Upon his retirement in 2005, he and his wife, Yetta, moved to Tucson and in 2010 moved to Sun City, Oro Valley. Mr. Dritch was involved in the leadership of two synagogues in Texas and California, and served as president of each. He was affiliated with Congregation Or Chadash in Tucson and served as co-president of the Sun City Havurah.

Mr. Dritch was preceded in death by his son, Marshall Dritch. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Yetta Kalpin Dritch; daughter, Andrea (Jonathan) Scilken of Memphis, Tenn.; and three grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Vistoso Funeral Home, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating. It was followed by graveside services at Shaarei Shalom Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sun City Havurah, 1797 E. Crown Ridge Way, Oro Valley, AZ 85755, or the charity of your choice.