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 John Elmer Ritz

John Elmer Ritz

Remsen, Plymouth County, Iowa, USA
Death 18 Jul 1995 (aged 78)
Remsen, Plymouth County, Iowa, USA
Burial Remsen, Plymouth County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 69884183 · View Source
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John Ritz was born on Saturday, December 9, 1916, in Remsen, IA, the son of John and Margaret (Loutsch) Ritz.

On Tuesday, October 22, 1940, John married Rita Majeres at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens, IA.

John was employed at Wictor's Hardware Store in Remsen for several years prior to establishing Ritz Super Service, a Mobil gas and service station in Remsen, in 1938. Ritz Super Service was built on the same property on which John's father John operated his blacksmith shop. John operated the station until December 31, 1979, when he retired and his son Phil took over the operation. John continued to assist with the business until illness led to his move to the Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen on May 25, 1995.

John was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years, and the Catholic Order of Foresters for more than 50 years.

He was a long-time member of the board of trustees of the Remsen Municipal Utilities.

John's favorite pastimes were bowling, playing pinochle, and rooting for the New York Yankees. For many years he played pinochle every Wednesday night.

John loved meat-and-potato meals. He was known for his long, noisy kisses for his grandchildren.

As a young man, John played first base for the Remsen town baseball team. Then, as his sons were growing, John delighted in hitting fly balls from the station across the street to the wall of Kellen Produce. If a ball went over the building, the homeowner on the other side (Frank Wictor) kept it and put it in his garage; then, periodically, the kids would sneak into the garage and retrieve the balls.

John and Rita had 3 sons and 1 daughter: Jim, Joan, Paul, and Phil.

John, 78 years old, died on Tuesday, July 18, 1995, at Happy Siesta after a brief illness. The cause of his death was diabetes. On Saturday, July 22, following a 10:00 a.m. funeral Mass said by Sibley (IA) cousin Monsignor Nicholas J. Ruba at Remsen St. Mary's Church, John was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Remsen.

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  • Maintained by: Bill Bates
  • Originally Created by: Rose Mary (Loutsch) Mullane
  • Added: 15 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 69884183
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Elmer Ritz (9 Dec 1916–18 Jul 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69884183, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Remsen, Plymouth County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Bill Bates (contributor 47623045) .