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Obituary for Col. Richard R. Ritter

March 1, 1932 - June 13, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 85


Doctor Richard (Dick) Ritter, Colonel, USA (Retired), of San Antonio, Texas went to be with the Lord on June 13, 2017 at the age of 85.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie, his children: Richard (Christina) and grandchildren Ross and Hannah; Mark (Teresa) and grandson Nicholas; and Eric (Kristina) and grandsons Kyle and Joshua. His brother Joseph Ritter and preceded in death by his brother David Ritter and his sister Judy (Ritter) Reedy.

Dick was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Joseph and Elizabeth (Simpson) Ritter. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and in 1958 he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with his Bachelor's Degree and Medical Degree. He joined the Army in medical school. His first assignment was Hawaii. Dick so enjoyed Hawaii and returned many times. His vacations there with grandkids were so very special.

After his internship, he was assigned to Walter Reed General Hospital (WRGH) for his residency in Anesthesiology. While stationed at WRGH he met the love of his life, Bonnie, who was an army nurse. They married in 1963.

For the next 15 years, they were assigned to Germany, San Francisco, WRGH, and Fort Sam Houston where Dick retired in 1981 after 21 years of active Army service. During his time in the service he was awarded many awards and commendations most notable the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. A new chapter of Dick's life started when he joined University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) as a professor of Anesthesia where he worked for the next 20 years. During that time he was also the Chief of Anesthesia and Operative Service at Audie Murphy VA Hospital. Over the many years of service he trained and mentored so many medical Physicians/Nurses/Professionals who have continued to provide medical service to others.

Two of his sons are graduates from Texas A&M University, so UT money went directly to Texas A & M. He laughed about this. Dick would not put Aggie stickers on his car while parking in the UTHSC garage.

Fully retired he enjoyed spending time with his family at the Ritter lake house and family trips to Hawaii. He enjoyed attending the San Antonio Spurs, the Majestic Theatre, the Symphony and the Texas A & M Football games. He also loved attending and cheering on his five grandchildren in their various sporting events. Dick loved music. He played the piano; he marched in the University of Pittsburgh band and played in a combo group during college.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

A Mass of celebration of life will be on the Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2 PM with visitation one hour before mass (1:00 pm) at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 20523 Huebner Rd. A reception will follow at the church. Interment will be at a later date at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Fisher House, 3623 George Beach Rd., Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234 for wounded veterans and their families at SAMC.


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San Antonio, TX 78209

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