Raymond J. Ritger

Raymond J. Ritger, 83, of the town of Mountain, died peacefully at St. Francis Home, Fond du Lac, Sunday, March 26, 2006, after a two-year, spirited battle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 24, 1922, in the town of Addison, to the late Alphonse and Mary (nee Wenninger) Ritger and is a graduate of St. Mathias School in Nabob.

He farmed the homestead farm starting from his marriage in 1944 to Rita Ann Schneider until 1973. They then moved to a farm in the Town of Fond du Lac.

Rita preceded him in death in 1990.

Ray retired in 1999 to live full-time in Mountain.

He was a member of the Crooked Lake Lions Club, a board member of Wisconsin American Mutual Insurance Co., a member of St. Michael’s Parish in Suring and a former member of Our Risen Savior Parish in Woodhull.

Ray is best described as a self-made man with a great love of life, an avid fisherman, winemaker and gardener. He enjoyed his great circle of friends.

In West Bend he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of St. Mathias Parish in Nabob, sold Funk’s seed corn and did custom farm work.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathleen Kouzmanoff (Robert M. Wallace) of Shore-wood, Irene Schneider (Fred-erick) of Eldorado and Janet Miller of Fond du Lac (fiancŽ Paul Anderson of Oshkosh); two sons, Russell J. Ritger of Casa Grande, Ariz. and Thomas G. Ritger of West Bend; four grandchildren, Carrie Ann (Steve) Loew of New Lisbon, Andrea (Brian) Rahlf of West Bend, Eric Ritger of Chicago and SSG Bruce Jason (Jennifer) Hills of Minot, N.D.; and four great-grandchildren, Cassandra Loew, Zachary Loew, Bruce Tyler Hills and Ashley Lynn Hills.

He is further survived by two sisters, Florence Ritger of West Bend and Sr. Lorraine Marie Ritger O.S.F. of Milwaukee; a brother, Roman (Elaine) Ritger of West Bend; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; two brothers, Walter and Leo Ritger; and three sisters, Olive Dricken, Eleanor Dornacker and Rosie Wild.

Visitation for Raymond J. Ritger will be on Wednesday, March 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park Ave., Fond du Lac, and on Thursday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Our Risen Savior Church in Woodhull.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, at 11 a.m. at the church.

Rev. John Simon will officiate and burial will be in St. John The Baptist Cemetery in Woodhull.

A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Ritger’s name.

Additional information and guest book may be found at www.ueckerwitt.com.