On Thursday, July 13, 2023 emergency responders, including the Osage Beach Police Department, were called to Grand Glaize Airport following reports of a plane crash around 11:58 AM. A witness near the airport observed a plane taking off and then witnessed what appeared to be a crash. Multiple agencies quickly arrived at the scene and conducted an extensive search of the area. Eventually, the wreckage was found in a wooded area southeast of 1252 Highway KK.
What Happened to Hayden Ritchhart ?
Tragically, three individuals were found at the crash site by first responders. Two individuals, Evan R. Vandiver, 19, from Richmond, and Hayden M. Ritchhart, 22, from Carrollton, were pronounced deceased. Another individual, Gary Vandiver, 54, from Richmond, sustained critical injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.
It is believed that Hayden Ritchhart was the pilot at the time of the incident. With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Hayden Ritchhart, a remarkable individual who made a profound impact on our community throughout the years. Hayden’s untimely departure has created an irreplaceable void, but his influence on the lives he touched will always be remembered. As we come together to celebrate his life and bid farewell to this cherished member of our community, let us reflect upon the legacy he leaves behind.
Who is Hayden Ritchhart ?
Hayden Ritchhart’s sudden and tragic passing has left an indelible mark on our community. As we gather to say our final goodbyes, let us honor his remarkable spirit and the immeasurable impact he had on our lives. Hayden’s legacy will endure through the countless lives he touched and the positive change he brought.
In remembrance of Hayden, let us take a moment to reflect on the values he exemplified – kindness, generosity, and selflessness. May we be inspired by his example and strive to make a positive difference in our own lives and the lives of those around us.
During this difficult time, we extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Hayden Ritchhart. As we bid farewell to an extraordinary individual, may we find solace in knowing that his spirit will live on in our hearts and in the cherished memories we hold dear.
Hayden Ritchhart Obituary and Funeral Service
Prayer Vigil and Balloon Release – 7:00 PM, July 16, 2023, Stan Lee Football Field
To commemorate the memory of Hayden Ritchhart, a prayer vigil and balloon release will be held at 7:00 PM on July 16, 2023, at the Stan Lee Football Field. This gathering provides an opportunity for the community to come together, offer prayers, and release balloons as a symbolic gesture of remembrance and love for Hayden. Funeral Home Bittiker Funeral Homes, LLC – Carrollton
In order to honor Hayden’s legacy and support future generations, donations can be made to the Hayden Ritchhart Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be directed to the Carrollton R-VII School District Foundation, Inc., which will oversee the fund and ensure its impact on deserving students.
Let us join in this heartfelt event, standing together as a community to celebrate Hayden’s life, find solace in each other’s presence, and contribute to a cause that will honor his memory for years to come.