Richard “Rick” H. Ritter

August 14, 1957 ‒ March 22, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Richard “Rick” H. Ritter passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 in Kuttawa, Kentucky. He was 61.

He was born August 14, 1957 in Mansfield to parents Tom & Lois (Poorman) Ritter of Bellville. He went on to graduate from Clear Fork High School with the class of 1976, and married the love of his life Robin Davis on January 24, 198l. The pair was married for 38 years.

Rick was a long time truck driver, and most recently drove truck for the last 10 years for Dick Lavy Trucking Inc.

Known as the “Grill Master”, Rick loved to cook and entertain family and friends. He was the happiest when he was joking and teasing everyone, especially his grandchildren with silly nicknames. He was also an avid Buckeye fan and very passionate about his involvement with the special needs community.

He is survived by his wife Robin Ritter; his children Jenny Sykes, Katie (Tyler) Hughett, and Joshua Ritter; grandchildren Jaylan, Blake and Mackenzie Sykes and Leighton Hughett; brother John (Ernie) Mills; half-sisters Linda (Deb) Weller, and Kathy (Spencer) Weller Harris; his dogs Rocky and Adrian; his grand-dogger Morgan; and many friends and extended family, including his Dick Lavy Trucking Inc family.

In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by stepfather Bob McKee.

The Ritter family will receive friends Friday, March 29, 2019 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home with service honoring Rick’s life immediately at 3 p.m. Pastor Harry Strachan will officiate.

Contributions in Rick’s memory to Calvary Baptist Church in Ashland may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Rick’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


  • Rick was a magnificent man! I surely enjoyed knowing him and he was an outstanding truck driver and a solid man. He was always positive and had that comedic personality that I will miss. Keep smiling Rick!

  • So Sorry for you and your family loss.Rick was a dear friend.
    And very nice person to be with.Very proud to have know Rick!

  • Dear Robin and heart breaks for you..Keith and I loved Rick like a brother…Dearest and very best friend Keith could ever have..May God ease your pain..I love you all..I know just what you are going thru..It makes me smile to THINK of Rick and My dear Keith together again.Robin you and Rick taught Keith so much about your loving heart and kindness on Sunset Dr.I think of them together again drinking coffee and play dice and teasing Kim and the girls before church. I love you my dear God Bless you and someday help heal your broken heart. Patti Kiser and family..

  • Robin, I’m so sorry for your loss. Rick was always a fun guy to hangout with. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Dureen

  • Hello, I want to express my condolences to your family. Rick was a great guy, him and I grew up as Neighbors in Lucas when we were kids. We used to build forts and go frog gigging. We wore a path out between his house and mine. One time we went fishing in the woods down across the street, he always put the worm on my hook. He told me to cast it in and when I did I caught his ear on accident. We were still friends later when he got older he surprised me at my restaurant. He told me about his wife and family and how happy he was. I’m so glad that I got to see him. He will be missed greatly. You were blessed to have him in your life and so was I.

  • Robin
    I so wish I could have been there today with you and the kids, yes I probably will always call them kids, Josh and Katie and Jenny have grown into such magnificent adults I have heard so many wonderful stories about them from you and enjoyed our talks since I’ve moved to Florida. When you can and whenever you want to I will be here for you. May angels surround your home as they always do and give you comfort
    Loving You Always Pam Keith