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McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home & Cremation Services

11924 East 47Th Street, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

James T. Rittel Sr.

May 28, 1933September 13, 2019
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James “Jim” T. Rittel, Sr., 86, of Sugar Creek, MO passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 13, 2019. Rosary and Mic-O-Say ceremony beginning at 4pm followed by visitation from 5-8pm on Sun., Sept. 22nd at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence, MO. Funeral Mass 11am Monday at the church followed by inurnment in Mt. Washington Cemetery.

Jim was born in Independence, MO on May 28, 1933 to Irving Charles and Laura Ellen (Woods) Rittel. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1952. Jim retired from the Kansas City Terminal Railroad.

Jim married Patricia Ann Bean on September 14, 1957. He devoted his life to his family providing a lifetime of love, faith and many hugs. Jim was actively involved in his church and dedicated 50 plus years to Boy Scout Troop #221; receiving countless awards, including Scouting’s highest recognition, The Silver Beaver Award and was Medicine Man in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia and their six children; Jean Golden (Jim), Jim Rittel, Jr. (Patty), Kathy Calvert, Patrick Rittel (Charlene),Mary Jodts (Vic) and Laura Rittel; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, a brother, John (Jack) H. Rittel and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Mary’s Boy Scout Troop #221. Please send to McGilley & Sheil. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mcgilleysheil.com. Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., KCMO 64133, 816-353-6555.

Services

  • Rosary Service Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Mic-O-Say Ceremony Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Inurnment Monday, September 23, 2019

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Diane Wright-Gadomski

September 21, 2019

I have wonderful memories of Uncle Jimmy, a good man, who valued family. He was funny and always welcoming to us Chicago relatives. To all of the Rittel family, my heart hurts for your loss.

Debra Stephens

September 20, 2019

Jean, I want you to know that my heart and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Our Dear Father in heaven has gained another Angel.

Patty Austin Wike

September 18, 2019

Growing up in the St. Mary's parish and school family, I have such lovely memories of your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and praying you are lifted up and surrounded by love.

Daylin Simons

September 18, 2019

It was an honor to meet you, I’m so thankful for the legacy you’ve left the world.

Drayton Riley

September 18, 2019

Jim was one of my favorite people when I was teaching/coaching at St. Mary's. He was very supportive of his kids and of all the programs. A straight shooter. Great sense of humor, and humble. He could tell you what he thinks, pin your ears back and then pat you on the back and smile. He was genuine. He cared deeply. And, the apples didn't fall far from the tree. I see Jim (and Pat) in all the Rittels. That's a high compliment.

Anita Brown

September 18, 2019

What an inspiration and role model he has been! Whenever I would see him, it was like I was the most important person in the room at that moment! We would exchange kisses and hugs and catch up with life happenings. My husband, Lane and our 2 sons, Adam and Gabe, truly enjoyed sharing many scouting adventures with him! I sure hope there are campfires to sit by, trails to hike, and lots of folks to exchange stories with in heaven. Rest in peace, Jim. Sincere sympathy , love and prayers to all family and friends.

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