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Harry "Skip" Louis Ritchart

November 7, 1947 - October 12, 2019
From: Royal, IA
Harry "Skip" Louis Ritchart

Harry "Skip" Louis Ritchart

Born: November 7, 1947
Died: October 12, 2019
Age: 71

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     Harry Louis “Skip” Ritchart, the son of Harry and Jimmie Ritchart was born November 7, 1947 in Orlando FL. Skip’s childhood was spent in Mallard, IA, until moving to Spencer, IA his junior year. He was baptized and confirmed member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mallard. Skip enlisted in the US Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam until returning from the war in a full body cast with serious injuries taking many years to recover. Skip was honorably discharged in 1969.

     Skip married Bertha Ann Nelson on April 10, 1974 In Spencer, IA. They moved to the Royal, IA area where they made their home for 45 years until his death. He enjoyed working on the farm as well as driving truck, moving agricultural products down the road.
Skip was a member of the Royal Fire Department, Royal Lion’s club and a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America’s Chapter 888. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, serving on the church council until moving his membership to First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.

     Skip was a Lincoln Lions 4H leader for several years. He enjoyed the Clay County Fair, whether working with 4H activities or volunteering at the Train Depot helping to keep the trains up and running. Skip enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and watching Nascar. He especially loved attending his grandchildren’s activities from sports to FFA and 4H. He loved spending time with people and sharing stories.

     Skip passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Sanford hospital in Sioux Falls S.D. at the age of 71. He is preceded in death by his mother Jimmie.

    Left to cherish his memory are his wife Ann of Royal; 2 children Jennifer Findling of Royal and Harry William Ritchart (Kara) of Royal; 2 daughters from a previous Marriage Ona (Jeff) Johnson of Harrison, NE and Ami Steffen (Jay) of Sibley, IA; 14 Grandchildren; 5 Great-Grandchildren; His father Harry of Ruthven, IA; other relatives; and many friends.

SERVICES
Funeral services will take place 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 17, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer
OFFICIATING
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
CASKET BEARERS
Nelson Findling
Austin Steffen
Wesley Whiteside
Clinton Nelson
Marty Nelson
Casey Nelson
HONORARY CASKET BEARERS:
Greg Toft
Gary Toft
Dean Troug
Duane Hudson
VISITATION
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 16, at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, starting at 5:00 P.M., with family present from 5-7:00 P.M.
MUSIC
"Lift High The Cross"
"Who Am I"
"Children of the Heavenly Father"
"Mighty Fortress"
INTERMENT
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Condolences

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 8:50 PM
“We have been gone and just got home. I got on this website tonite and when I saw that Skip had passed, I knew I had to write.
I will pray that God has given you all peace and understanding as you walk through this time of sorrow in your lives.
Most sincerely,
- Audrey Schmidt
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:21 AM
“Dear Anne,
Kathleen and I are sorry to hear of the passing of Skip. We will always remember the kindness he showed to mom while she lived in Royal. You have our sincere sympathy.
Jim J ”
- Jim Jespersen
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“Ann and family, my condolences to all. I love you guys and i will remember you in prayers. Such a loss of a great dad, son, husband and nephew. May God bless you during this time and future days. I love you all very much.
- Brenda Keith Hadden
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss!! He was a great man. And will be missed by many!!”
- Shannon Parks
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“Jennifer and family
I’m so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. ”
- Michael and Amy Ivie
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 2:09 PM
“Ann,
So sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed Skip! He always had so many stories to share. He will be missed! Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. ”
- Tasha
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM
“Ann, William and Family, Skip is home now, enjoying the Kingdom we are all seeking with God! I pray for God's blessings on you as you go through the coming days.”
- Bill Kersting
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM
“I am sending hugs and prayers for comfort, to the family of Skip, during this sad time of saying good-bye for now. Cherish your memories with him, forever, until you see him once again in Heaven. His legacy lives on at the Train Depot display at the Clay County Fair.”
- Brenda Whiteside
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“Ann & Family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort knowing he is with Our Lord. God's Peace to you all.”
- Tami Diekmann
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:59 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the family! I worked with Skip many years ago at Spencer Grocer.”
- Jay Santage
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:59 AM
“Ann and family
So sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.
Deb Brune ”
- Deb Brune
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:59 AM
“Ann, Jen & family, our deepest sympathies. Always hold onto your memories! Skip was one of a kind! ”
- Sande & Randy Geidl
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:59 AM
“sorry to hear about Skip, nice guy and always had a story and an opinion on everything under the sun....Godspeed Skip.... ”
- Steve Essick (goobe)
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:59 AM
“My thoughts and prayers to you, Ann, and all your family. ”
- Tracy Hoben
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10:10 AM
“Ann and family. Sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.”
- Sharon Franker
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 8:09 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about Skip. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the memories.”
- Bob and Lavon Montgomery
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:02 PM
“We’re so sorry to hear about Skip. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Tim and Edna Lawson
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:47 PM
“Ann and family.... So sorry for your loss. ”
- Deb Kout
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:47 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss Gene is so glad that he went to see him a month or so ago . I did not know him well but was always a good friend to Gene.”
- Gene and Joyce Hall
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:47 PM
“Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all. Skip will be missed by so many, but remains in our hearts and thoughts forever. ”
- Lenny & Mary Luchtel
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 12:26 PM
“Ann and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories.”
- Bob & Lavon Montgomery
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 9:23 AM
“So sorry for you loss. Lifting you up in prayer.”
- Angie Hagedorn
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:48 AM
“I'm so sad to read this. My sympathy to all of you... God bless.”
- Lorries Nelson Waggoner
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:48 AM
“Ann and family so very sorry for your loss! You all as a family are very close and he will truly be missed!!! Take time to smell the roses! God bless you all and take care ”
- Shirley Dykshoorn
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:48 AM
“Gonna miss ya Skip!!!!! You were a great 1st cousin (older brother really).. I'll never forget Santa Claus sightings. I"m glad your at peace now.”
- Valarie Larsen
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