James A. Ritter

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James A. Ritter

November 04, 2019

James A. Ritter James "Tex" A. Ritter
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The funeral Mass for SFC James "Tex" A. Ritter, U.S. Army (retired), 67, of Jacksonville, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, with Father Thomas Nattekkadan officiating. Burial will follow at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, at a later date. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
James Ritter passed away Nov. 4, 2019, at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his father, James M. Ritter, and stepmother, Neva Ritter.
Jim was born and raised in La Crosse and had been a resident of Jacksonville, since 1988. SFC Ritter served his country with honor in the U.S. Army and retired in 1992, after over 22 years of service. During this time, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze service star, the Army Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He had numerous stateside assignments and three overseas tours. SFC Ritter was a nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) instructor. After retiring from active duty, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Gadsden, Ala., and retired with 20 years of service. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and also attended St. Joachim Mission Church in Piedmont, Ala.
Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Maggie Ritter; mother, Helen Naysmith and her husband, Ronald; daughter, Tricia Thornton and her husband, Joey; son, Jason Ritter and his wife, Candace; grandchildren, Haley, Lexi, Emma and Macy Ritter; stepgrandchildren, Alex Warren, Autumn Phillips, Hollie Thornton and Hunter Thornton; sister, Wanda Blocker and her husband, Greg; brothers, Robin Ritter and his wife, Sammye, Kevin Ritter, Kyle Ritter and Bruce Ritter; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He always had a helping hand to lend and had a life-long passion for classic cars. He was a strong husband, devoted father, loving grandfather, cherished brother and uncle, and a friend to everyone. He's already missed more than words can convey. Farewell, Jimmy Ritter, until we meet again...
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 308 East 7th Street NE, Jacksonville, AL 36265; Paralyzed Veterans Of America, P.O. Box 758589, Topeka, KS 66675-8589 (www.pva.org); or The American Heart Association, 1449 Medical Park Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213-1901 (www.heart.org).
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.klbrownfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 8, 2019
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Wednesday November 20, 2019
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Mom Helen
Nov 13, 2019
See you in Heaven Love Mom
June Smutny
Nov 09, 2019
To a dear cousin, you're way to young.Alot of good memories at picnics,Lake Wissota family vacations,and the tradition of Tom n Jerry's at Aunt Dorothy and Elwood's.Say " hi" to everyone up above! Love you cuz.June
Wm & Sue Riley- Soap Lake, WA
Nov 09, 2019
I am Jimmy's Uncle and his mother's brother. I remember him from the day he was born. As he grew we shared many family events and both like cars, hunting, and fishing. He always had a smile and a Happy disposition. His 22 year service in the US Army made us proud. I talked to him 10 days before his passing. May he RIP.
Michael P Riley & Renate Riley of Cedarburg, WI
Nov 08, 2019
Whoever wrote this memorial about Jim got it right !
He was a special high class guy and soldier !
Always friendly-helpful-polite-considerate and capable.
As his uncle I will miss him dearly.
Jim brought joy & peace to a lot of people.

Until we meet again Jim, I will hold unto all the memories.
Anita Crandall
Nov 08, 2019
Lighting a candle and remembering my little Sea Hunt watching buddy on Saturday nights long ago. What a blessed life you experienced! Condolences to all your loved ones.
Karen Kleven
Nov 08, 2019
I was saddened to read this. I was your first babysitter as well as your first cousin.you had a life well lived. I know there are many loved ones to welcome you home. Sympathy to the family. Rest well Jim.