Edwin Ritterspach

Edwin L. Ritterspach, formerly of County Highway 59, Nevada, and of Upper Sandusky for the past 14 years, died Saturday, April 12, 2003, at 3:05 a.m. at Wyandot Manor Nursing Home. He was 84.

Born on May 20, 1918, in Antrim Township, he was a son of Lester and Mary Alice (Gordon) Ritterspach. He married Ruth de Alva Saffold on Jan. 7, 1944, in Lyons, Ga. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Carl, Medina; five daughters, Donna Cole, Dawsonville, Ga.; Judy Hall and Karen Ritterspach, both of Upper Sandusky; Jo Anne Wilson, Lebanon; and Cyndi Janeczek, Loudonville; 10 grandchildren, Sgt. James Robert Tayner; Zachary Ritterspach; Rebecca Ritterspach; Adam Ritterspach; Jason Hall; Beth Ricketts; Renee Wilson; Angie Carpenter; Jeremy Brown; and Haley Engard; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Carey.

A 1936 graduate of Nevada High School, Mr. Ritterspach earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio Northern University in 1940. He taught history and social studies at the Nevada School and in the Wynford School District for 34 years. He also drove a school bus for 27 years.

Mr. Ritterspach was a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army and attaining the rank of first lieutenant.

A life-long member of Nevada Lutheran Church, Mr. Ritterspach was active in the choir for more than 70 years and directed it for eight years. He taught Sunday school, served as Sunday school superintendent and also served on the church council.

Mr. Ritterspach was a member of the Wyandot County Retired Teachers Association, American Legion Robert Case Post No. 462, a charter member of the Country Gentlemen Chorus and a former member of the Nevada Lions Club. He served on Nevada Village Council and was a member of the Crawford County Retired Teachers Association, Ohio Education Association and of the Side Door 4 Quartet, where he sang bass. Mr. Ritterspach enjoyed singing, photography, bird watching, reading history, especially about the Civil War, and watching sports, especially the Cleveland Indians and Browns.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Nevada Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in Nevada Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted. Visitation is Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 at Lucas Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, and for an hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wyandot County or Nevada Lutheran Church in care of Lucas Funeral Home, P.O. Box 207, Upper Sandusky OH 43351.

--Daily Chief-Union, Upper Sandusky, OH, Monday, April 14, 2003