Obituary for Richard "Dick" Ritz

Richard "Dick" Ritz

Birth Date: Nov. 12th, 1935
Date Passed: May. 22nd, 2014


Richard (Dick) Ritz – 78 years. Passed away on May 22, 2014 to his heavenly home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on November 12, 1935 in Conklin, MI. His parents were Albert (Cap) and Bernice Ritz. On June 22, 1957 he married his wife of 56 years, Sandra Talmadge in Conklin, MI. Dick was a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Conklin, MI for his entire life. He was a machine repairman at General Motors, retiring in 1992. Dick enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and friends, polka dancing, traveling, woodworking, winemaking, and hunting. Dick will be dearly missed, but the memories he gave his family and friends will be cherished forever. He is survived by his wife Sandy; his children – Dennis (Anne) Ritz of Hemlock, MI, Don (Teresa) Ritz of Nunica, MI, Debbie (Tom) Holland of Jenison, MI, Diana (Chuck) Miller of Wausau, WI, and Doug (Kim) Ritz of Hudsonville, MI; his grandchildren – Abe, Andrea, Alyssa & Luke Ritz, Kaylee (Josh) Lockwood, Stacy, Trisha, Ben and Lizzy Miller; his great-grandchild, Braxlee Lockwood; his brother – Wendall (Donna) Ritz of Garland, TX; his sister – Wanda Ritz of Washington Twp, MI; his brothers-in-law – Ted (Carol) Talmadge and Tom (Jean Johnson) Talmadge; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters – Alva (Kent) Haystead and Eunice (Fernando) De Alba, and his in-laws – John and Ruth Talmadge. Funeral services for Dick Ritz will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:00am with Reverend Mark Oswald officiating. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm. The family will also be at the church for one hour prior to services on Wednesday to greet friends. Memorial contributions are asked to be given to Trinity Lutheran Church. We would like to thank all who took part in caring for him on his journey and all who were part of his journey in life. Some of his last words were “I had a good life” and indeed he did. Go to: or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511


2:00pm to 4:00pm and
6:00pm to 8:00pm on
May. 27th, 2014 at Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna
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11:00am on May. 28th, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church
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12:00pm on May. 28th, 2014 at
Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
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