OBITUARY

David Eliot Rittmann

April 23, 1960February 26, 2021
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David Rittmann, age 60, passed away at his home surrounded by his family, on February 26, 2021 following a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born April 23, 1960 in Kokomo, Indiana.

David, a life-long resident of Indiana, was the son of loving parents, Albert and Thelma. After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Technology he worked many years in his chosen field.

David was caring and hardworking. He was an avid researcher who liked to think outside the box and held a great passion for designing things. David deeply loved his wife Bernadette. He also loved his sons and only wanted the best for them.

David is survived by his loving wife Bernadette, his sons Matt and Ivan, as well as his mother Thelma, brother Kenneth, and four sisters Barbara Rittmann, Jean Rittmann, Nancy Whitney, and Susan Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his father Albert.

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 2-4 PM followed by a service at 4:00 PM at Leppert Mortuary- Carmel Chapel, 900 N. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, Indiana. To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.

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    Sunday, March 7, 2021

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Jean Rittmann

March 7, 2021

DAVID'S LIFE HAD PURPOSE: he sired the only 2 male children that will carry forth the Rittmann name. He jumped through hoops to find an amazing wife: Bernadette. Despite his pain, David worked tirelessly to support his family - up till the end.

I didn't really know my brother David, but through what my parents have told me. David was 10 when I left home. ~45 years ago, dad asked if David could stay with me a few weeks. And I saw him at one Thanksgiving.

Recently, after hearing David was ill, I began emailing him. As before, all conversation seemed limited to his dreams of fantastical projects.

Last year, brother Ken gave David substantial monies, do do with as he pleased. That great gift, at a time of stress, granted David the happiness freedom to indulge his project fantasies. Over the last few months, David wrote me of his fantastical new projects, like trying to make a computerized drill to make forged rollers, trying to make a power supply, and altering a tank cannon as "the right way to outer space".

It may be that David's condition was instigated by an illness he had as a teen: Epstein-Barr. Life can be strange that way.

All my best to his cherished family, Bernadette, Matt, and Ivan. Perhaps someday I will meet them.

Jean Rittmann - sister of David

Jim Wachob

March 4, 2021

Bernadette, Matt and Ivan
Thelma, Barbara, Jean, Nancy, Ken, Susan

I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time with the passing of David. Please know that I am thinking of all of you and your loved ones, I will pray for your peace and comfort. I was deeply saddened to read of his passing. As your Neighbor growing up I have many wonderful memories of David and your entire family. I will cherish them always.

It’s difficult to see beyond your heart felt sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you all in the days to come. I am physically unable to attend his memorial gathering or service, it makes it even harder not be with you during this time to share in his memories and to celebrate his life.

Our thoughts and prayers are with
you all during this difficult time.

- Jim and Chris Wachob

Michael Gasperi

March 4, 2021

David always had a tremendous imagination. When I first met him, he was 13 and trying to build a pinball machine from parts. Later it was more complex projects like a high speed computer, hydraulic robot, gravity communication system, and a steel boat. He was always eager to talk to me about his latest ideas. One time we worked late into the night at Functional Devices making a waterbed and the police called Al to make sure we weren’t burglars.
My sincere condolences, Mike

Christine Francisco

March 3, 2021

You will always be remembered, Uncle Dave. We may no longer see you physically but the memories you've shared with us every time you visit Philippines with Auntie Dette, Matt and Ivan will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace!

Michele Compton

March 3, 2021

David was an extremely dedicated and smart guy when it came to the computer programs he was responsible for when I worked with him at the BMV. My deepest sympathies to his wife and sons.

Shirley Wagle

March 2, 2021

Thinking of you Bernie
Shirley

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Biography

David Rittmann, age 60, passed away at his home surrounded by his family, on February 26, 2021 following a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born April 23, 1960 in Kokomo, Indiana.

David, a life-long resident of Indiana, was the son of loving parents, Albert and Thelma. After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Technology he worked many years in his chosen field.

David was caring and hardworking. He was an avid researcher who liked to think outside the box and held a great passion for designing things. David deeply loved his wife Bernadette. He also loved his sons and only wanted the best for them.

David is survived by his loving wife Bernadette, his sons Matt and Ivan, as well as his mother Thelma, brother Kenneth, and four sisters Barbara Rittmann, Jean Rittmann, Nancy Whitney, and Susan Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his father Albert.

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 2-4 PM followed by a service at 4:00 PM at Leppert Mortuary- Carmel Chapel, 900 N. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, Indiana. To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.