Ellis “Red” Ritter – Bedford
February 7, 1920 – January 18, 2017
Ellis “Red” Ritter, 96 of Bedford, died at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.
Born February 7, 1920, in Heltonville, he was the son of Otto and Oma (Sowder) Ritter. He attended Donica and Needmore Schools, and retired from General Motors after thirty years. He married Bernice Sharr on November 25, 1944 and she preceded him in death. He was a member and elder of the Judah Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during WW II serving on the Pacific and European fronts.
Survivors include two sons, Danny Ritter and wife, Linda, Larry Ritter and wife, Jamie, all of Bedford; six grandchildren, Jay Ritter and wife, Joy, Jeff Ritter and wife, Summer, Jade Ritter and wife, Beth, John Ritter and wife, Stacy, Chad Ritter and wife, Sharon, all of Bedford and Magen Craig and husband, Neil, of Indianapolis; ten great grandchildren, Shawn, Jathan, Faith, Jacob, Carter, Alexis, Reese, Reid, Chase, and Austin Ritter; sisters, Ada Deckard and Lucy Hedrick.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of seventy years, Bernice; four brothers, Ervin “Bud”, Ermil “Joe Buck”, Elbert “Honey” and Oatis; two sisters, Evelyn and Mary Louise (in infancy).
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Larry Ritter and Don Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the Judah Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post#33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 21st at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Judah Park.
Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.