Delbert John Ritten, age 85, of Clarissa, died Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Central Todd County Care Center in Clarissa.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River with Fr. Dave Petron officiating. Music will be provided by vocalist, Mary Halvorson. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Delbert John Ritten was born June 10, 1927, to Joseph and Josephine (Kuhne) Ritten in Spruce Hill Township, Douglas County, Minnesota. He grew up in Spruce Hill Township and attended country school. He was active in 4-H and attended the Minnesota State Fair two times as Grand Champion with his prized Holstein. He was united in marriage to Loretta Schmidt June 2, 1964, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River. During his life, Delbert worked for the Avon Silo Company until he retired in 1982. His wife, Loretta died August 7, 2003. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting and gardening in his earlier years. He especially enjoyed playing cards, games and jigsaw puzzles with his daughters.
Delbert is survived by his three daughters, Donna Ritten of Hermantown, Dena Nickel of Clarissa and Diane Ritten of Sauk Rapids; grandson, Joseph Allan Ritten of Fergus Falls; and sister, Marcella (Clarence) Drexler of Tucson, Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loretta; two brothers, Marvin and George and sister, Josephine Drum.
Pallbearers will be Curt Schburn, Teddy Bjerkevedt, Joey Hellerman, Dennis Feda, Andy Schmidt and Gary Drum. Honorary pallbearer will be Mark Ritten, Joe Halvorson and Joseph Ritten.