Richard F. Ritter

September 29, 1941 ‒ February 05, 2020

Bradenton, Florida
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Richard F. Ritter, 78, of Mount Vernon and Bradenton, Florida passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at his home in Bradenton.  He was born on September 29, 1941 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to the late Frank C. and Jean A. (Bailey) Ritter.

Dick was a graduate of Huron High School, Baldwin-Wallace College and the Ohio State University College of Law.  He served as Mount Vernon City Prosecutor and was in private practice for more than 30 years, having practiced with Jack Zeller, William Mosholder, Jim Ronk and Kim Rose and the firm of Critchfield, Critchfield and Johnston.

Dick served in the Ohio Air National Guard as a pilot with the 164th tactical fighter squadron based in Mansfield, Ohio, and as a liaison officer for the United States Air Force Academy.

He served on a number of public boards including the YMCA, United Way, the Kenyon Festival Theatre and the Kenyon Environmental Center.  He also served as one of the first county parks commissioners, as a founder of the local Big Brothers program and was the originator of the Chamber of Commerce Heart Award.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dean Ritter.  He will be greatly missed by his wife, Barbara A. (Body) Ritter, son Travis J. Ritter, daughter-in-law, Kim Briscoe,  grandchildren,  Adam and Isabel Ritter,  brother David (Dayle) Ritter, sisters Peggy Klahn and Laurie (Carl) Cooperider, sister-in-law, Carol Ritter, mother-in-law, Joanne Body, brothers-in-law David (Kathleen) Body and Bruce (Marie Ann) Body, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In following his wishes, there will not be any services.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Richard F. Ritter.

  • Dave and the Ritter family,
    We are so sorry to read of Dick’s passing. He was a very talented and an extraordinary person. As a former Huron native, we are very proud of his accomplishments. People, such as Dick, pass through this life and touch many. We are honored to have known Dick.

  • Barbara and Travis, I can only smile with the memories when I think of Mr. Ritter (and your family).

    Thank you sharing the love and talents of this wonderful man. He will be missed.

    Desi (Frederick)

  • Barb, Travis and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed my seven years of working for Dick. His nickname for me was “A”. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Every time I hear Dick’s name I can’t help but smile. One of my fondest memories is him sitting in his office yelling “ A get in here” I thought I had done something wrong. I went to his office to find Dick and Dean in there. I hadn’t done anything wrong, they just needed cigars. Off to Bullock’s I went to get cigars.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Barb and family, we are so sorry to hear about Dick. You have our condolences. We’ll be thinking of you. Take care.

  • Hello David I,m sorry to see your brother,s passing.It seems to me I remember Richard had a practice high jump setup behind the projects.I think I remember that.Anyway how are you doing I hope good .You know the last time we talked was a few years back I think it was in Hollywood in fact I have a picture of you loading luggage into the back of a Mustang.I hope some time I will hear or see you again. Let me know if you would like to have that picture Good luck David Bob

  • So very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing and offer our deepest condolences to Barb and Travis.
    Dick was a tremendous friend and excellent business partner over the years …
    Dick and Nancy Laslo

  • Dear Barb and family,
    I just now was told of Dick’s passing. I am so sorry. Bob and I enjoyed his friendship very much. I want you to know all of the Coleman’s are thinking of you. ❤️Vicki & family

  • Barb and family;
    So very sorry for your loss. Hold on to the good memories. Your old co worker Debbie Wilson fox davis

  • Barb and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. You have many memories to hold close to your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Michael and Laura Abell

    • Barb,
      Thoughts coming from Fort Meade Fl. I am her til April 29. True snow bird. If you are in FL. Check me out on Facebook. Many hugs and wish you Jeanne and I were playing Jaws in the MVDC pool.

  • Barb,
    Sorry for your loss Barb. I truly enjoyed working with Dick several years ago. He had such a great sense of humor. I miss both him and you.
    Take care and keep working out!
    Tom Stabile