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Harry Ritter
April 23, 1952 - March 22, 2021

Harry Ritter, 68, of Oelwein passed away Monday March 22, 2021 at MercyOne in Oelwein.  Services will be private.  A celebration of Harry’s life will be held at a later date.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Harry was born in Rockford, IL on April 23, 1952 to parents Arthur and Dorothy (Clough) Ritter.  He attended Oelwein schools.  Harry served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  On October 30, 1972 he was united in marriage with Mary Latham in Fayette.  Harry retired from Manatt’s after nearly 30 years.  He was a member of Oelwein Odd Rods Car Club.

Left to celebrate Harry’s life are his wife Mary; his children: Jason (Sue Jurgensen) Ritter of Westgate and Joseph (Stephanie) Ritter of Oelwein; his 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Carol (Darrel) Heidt of Allison, Pat (Dan) Krueger of Minnesota, Richard (Karilyn) Ritter of Oelwein and Mike Ritter of Hazleton; his in-laws: Joan Stolfus of Nevada, IA, Carol Nielsen of Oelwein, Ken (Marilyn) Latham of Danville, IL, Bea (Ted) Leonard of Winterset, Linda (Mike) Steil of Fairbank, Jon Latham of Oelwein and Lowell Latham of Oelwein.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings: Tom Ritter and Cheryl Richman.


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Robin Lentzkow on March 27, 2021 at 3:31 PM said:

So sorry for your loss!
Mary Ricchio Bruns on March 27, 2021 at 6:51 AM said:

so sorry for your loss,many memories ,heart goes out to Mary and the rest of the family,my u find peace ,
Kim Ruden and John Ruden on March 27, 2021 at 4:45 AM said:

So sorry to hear about Harry! My memory is like back in 1980 John and I had a toaster oven and no big oven, we wanted to make apple pies ! We went to Kmart parked in front of building because it was a snow storm! Harry came pulling in pretending to run in to us..... He hit a patch of ice and couldn’t stop!!! Luckily I w as oblivious and kept opening my car door and he slid into the edge of the door instead!! I was uninsured , my door had a boo boo!! Man did John chew him out!! My pie plates however did not survive!!!! But Kmart gave us a replacement set!! We all got a good laugh once we found out there were no human casualties!!! Rest In Peace our friend!
Dona & Tim Lammers on March 27, 2021 at 1:57 AM said:

Our condolences to the Ritter family. Harry & Mary were the first people I meet when I came to Oelwein when Harry put my horses up for the weekend. It was a shock for us to hear the news. Wonderful, wonderful man!!!
Mike Van Raden on March 25, 2021 at 7:48 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers for Harry's family. He was one of a kind. Always a smile on his face and fun to be around.
Matthew Purdy on March 25, 2021 at 3:25 PM said:

Growing up down the road from Harry.... I cannot think of one memory of him that was not funny, entertaining, or a good parenting moment. He had the opportunity for a few good parenting moments with Jake and Joe around. I was there for a couple of them and learned a lot.

Harry will be missed, he had a laugh that could wake you from a nap a block away and a damn good heart to go with it.

Thank you for serving your country, being a great dad, friend and always being you. RIP Harry
Eugene & Joy Purdy on March 25, 2021 at 3:15 PM said:

So sorry to hear about your loss.
Harry was a great Guy that was always there to help friends and family. We are going to miss him.
Rosemary A Brown on March 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM said:

My condolences to you and your family at this time of sorrow. Harry will be missed greatly.
Wayne and Charla Tschumper on March 25, 2021 at 4:49 AM said:

Our thoughts and Prayers are with The family. RIP Harry
Rockie Williams and Jeni Williams on March 25, 2021 at 2:35 AM said:

So sorry for your loss, He will be missed. Rest in peace Harry my friend.
Steve McQueen on March 25, 2021 at 2:03 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers to the whole family. He was a great man and always willing to help anyone. RIP Harry you will missed dearly.
Elaine Gallagher on March 24, 2021 at 7:11 PM said:

Mary, I am so sorry to hear of Harry's death. He was one of the good ones. He will be missed. Hugs to you.
Jake Doudney on March 24, 2021 at 6:31 PM said:

Rest in peace, Harry.
Alice Peeper on March 24, 2021 at 4:45 PM said:

My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories help you through this most difficult time.
Jerry Mundt on March 24, 2021 at 4:28 PM said:

Sorry to hear this, my sympathy for the family.
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