Robert L. Ritz age 82 died Tuesday, December 31, 2019. He was born at home in Montcalm County the son of Lester and Cecile (Claypool) Ritz. Bob was a graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns, Class of 1955 and is an Army veteran. He enjoyed hunting, fishing at Derby Lake and spending time with his family. In later years he enjoyed driving the countryside looking for deer, mushroom hunting, playing cards, and sitting in his favorite chair watching TV. Bob worked for General Motors for over 35 years retiring in 1991. He married Dorothy Eldridge in 1960 and she survives him. Also surviving is a daughter, Teri (Cliff) Oles; two sons, Jerry (Sandi) Ritz and Wayne (Vicki) Ritz; grandchildren, Mike Ritz, Amber Beck, Jacob Ritz, Mallory Greenway, Hilary Klok, Dakota Ritz and Morgan Crumbaugh; ten great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; one brother, Paul Ritz; two sisters, Mary Elsea and Barb (David) Nagengast; sister-in-law, Shirley Eldridge; brothers-in-law, Bill (Linda) Eldridge and Jeff (Jean) Eldridge. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Kay Ritz, parents-in-law, Warren and Helen Eldridge, brothers-in-law, Kenneth Eldridge and Bill Elsea, nephews, Duane Ritz and Josh Eldridge. A memorial service for Bob will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Lowe United Methodist Church, 5485 W. Lowe Rd. St. Johns with Mr. Craig Smith officiating. The family would like to give special thanks to Elara Hospice, Warwick Living Center, Vicki Ritz and April Marko for their special care and dedication during Bob’s final months and days. Memorials may be made to Elara Hospice or Disabled American Veterans. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.
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