Jesse Lee RITTER

March 25, 1920 ~ June 9, 2005

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Mr. Jesse Lee Ritter passed away Thursday morning, June 9, 2005, at Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis County, at the age of 85 years, 2 months & 14 days. Jesse was born on March 25, 1920, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Jesse Lee Ritter & Jennie Beatrice 'Eads' Ritter.

Jesse was: * a member of the First United Methodist Church of Park Hills; * a member & past-Master of the Elvins Ionic Masonic Lodge #154, of Desloge; * he retired from St. Joe Lead Company & * was united in marriage on July 8, 1941, to Mary Lynn Brewen.

Survivors Include: His WIFE: Mary Lynn 'Brewen' Ritter, of Desloge; 2 DAUGHTERS: Janet 'Mrs. Raymond' Hayden, of Keithville, LA; & Ruth Ann 'Mrs. David' Adkins, of Springfield, IL. 1 SON: John (& Carolyn) Ritter, of Desloge; 2 SISTERS: Doris Radford, of Farmington & Pat Callahan, of Granite City, IL; 1 BROTHER: David (& Irene) Hart, of Malden, MO; 7 GRANDCHILDREN: Colleen (& James) Gilliam; Denise (& Frank) Allen; Kenneth (& Traci) Ritter; Kathryn (& David) Lewis; David (& Collette) Adkins; Rebecca & Mark Adkins. 9 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Coy & Grant Judd; Shannon; Jared & Kolten Ritter; Kohl Lewis; Kayla Adkins; Kaitlyn Thompson & Samantha.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, 2 pm, June 13, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church, Park Hills, with Rev. Eddie Bone officiating.

Visitation: Jesse's family will receive friends, starting Monday at Noon at the church. There will be no burial, as Jesse donated his body to the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to: * The Park Hills United Methodist Church

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  1. John & Carolyn, We were so sorry to hear about Jess passing away. We plan to try to make it over there soon. Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you at this most difficult time. With our Love, Bill & Leona

  2. So sorry to hear about Jessie, our love and prayers go out to you Mary and your family at this time of your sorrow. Your old neighbors.

  3. Mary, I wanted to send you my condolences` to you on the loss of Jesse. I recived a e-mail from mom (Marietta and Lanny Jones) on his departure. May god bless him for his wonderfull life he had and the great neighbior he was to us. Chris Gladhill, Buchholz Mortuaries Inc.

  4. My Grandpa…I was fortunate enough to have him in my life for 35 years. Words can not possibly describe how special he was to me. His memory..his voice..his laugh…will live with me for the rest of my life. He was truly one of kind. Rest in peace my very special grandpa.

  5. Mrs. Ritter, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You were both wonderful neighbors when I lived next door to you at Bannister City. Eileen Burley

  6. To the dear family of Jess, we extend our sympathy at your loss but God's gain. We loved him and will always remember my former Elvins Merchants coach golfing buddy. God bless you all.

  7. Mary and Family, We were so sorry to hear about Jess. He was such a wonderful man and we will miss him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jon and Andie Rodgers

  8. To my special Grandpa, you could always get me the food I liked even when it was not on the resturants menu. You will always be in my heart! I love you, Grandpa!!

  9. To the Ritter and extended family with our sympathy and best wishes. We count ourselves privileged to have known Jesse Ritter…a great and caring gentleman who was a lot of fun to be around. Our prayers are with Mary, Ruth and the entire family. Love, Karl, Debbie, Jessica and Brent Freburg.

  10. Grandpa 10-4,Thanks for the wonderful memories and laughter you provided for 25 years of my life. I will take your kind words and wonderful advice with me through the rest of my years. I will miss you! Rest in peace grampy, I love you.

  11. The world is a different place with him. He was one of the best story tellers I ever heard. You would laugh because he laughed. He gave me advise I have used all my life and have tried to pass on. Goodbye Uncle Rit, I loved you and i will miss you.

  12. Mr. Ritter was such a gentleman. He always made us feel very welcomed at church with his friendly smile and greeting, going out of his way to say "hello". He will truly be missed. Mary and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. To Mary, Ruth, and the entire Ritter family ~ Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. I'm glad that I had a few opportunities to meet Jesse. He seemed to be a kind and fun-loving man. Your video tribute to Jesse is a beautiful tribute to his life. May God be with you all. Love, Susan, Mike, Emily, Teresa & Matt

  14. We are saddened to hear of your loss, David Ray and Ruth. We did not know your Dad, Ruth, but do know how difficult it is to lose a father. Our prayers are with you. Emil & Charlotte

  15. To Mary, Ruth, and the whole Ritter family, It was an honor to know Jess. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. we will miss him greatly. Our sincere sympathies go out to all of you. Love, Margie, Rich, Phil, Eric, Scott, & Keith

  16. To the Family of Jesse Ritter: I'm very sorry about your loss and that I was not able to make it to the Memorial Service. Viburnum was a very special place to grow up as a kid. It was people like the Ritters that helped make a wonderful place — as good a place to grow up as anywhere. I have nothing but fond memories of my interactions with Jesse. He was as nice a person as I think I have ever been around. Once again, I'm sorry and God bless the family of Jesse Ritter.

  17. We were very privileged to know Jesse, he was a fine man and a good friend. Dave enjoyed many golf outings with Jesse. We will miss him. Our best wishes to Mary and the whole Ritter family.

  18. Mary, Ruth, & to the rest of the Ritter family: We are saddened to hear of your loss and we feel very blessed to have known Jesse. He was a wonderful man. Love, Diane, Tom, Jim, Beth, & Michelle

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