David Earl Ritta - April 14, 2014David Earl Ritta, 86, of Marquette, died on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Aurora. Funeral services will be Monday, April 21 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Central City with Rev. Kevin McReynolds officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Interment is in the Central City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com
Dave was born on June 3, 1927, in Waukegan, Ill. to Lewis Earl and Emma (Kuebker) Ritta. He grew up in Illinois and graduated from Lake Zurich High School in 1944. Dave served in the United States Navy when World War II was nearing its end. On June 7, 1947, Dave was united in marriage to Marion Geffe at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Lake Zurich, Ill. They farmed in the Grayslake, Ill. area until coming to Nebraska in 1962 and settling on their farm in Hamilton County. Dave farmed until quitting in 2007 but continued to live on the home place. Marion died on April 25, 2010.
Dave was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Central City. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. His greatest love was for his family, and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children - Barbara and Steve Connelly of Omaha; Don and Judy Ritta of Marquette; and Nancy Ritta and Eric Heninger of Waverly; three grandchildren - Theresa and Brad Olson; April and Adam Dueland and Doug and Steph Ritta; four step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and 11 step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Dave was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and one brother - Ralph Ritta.