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H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA

OBITUARY

Richard Glen Ritenour

June 28, 1956September 8, 2020
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On September 8, 2020 Richard (Rick) Glen Ritenour, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 64 at his home in Marietta, GA after a lengthy and hard-fought battle with cancer. Rick was born on June 28, 1956 in Anderson, IN to Glen W. and Mary Patricia (Pat) (Hoff) Ritenour. He spent his childhood, along with his parents and sisters, Nancy and Beth, living in several locations including Indiana, Tennessee, California and Connecticut. A lifelong Beatles fan, Rick’s love of music, particularly rock ‘n’ roll, began in California when the Beatles hit the airwaves with I Want to Hold Your Hand. Enamored by the disc jockeys on both coasts and after visiting a cousin who worked at a radio station, Rick created his own radio station in the basement of his home in Connecticut. Rick’s pursuit of photography began at an early age also, inspired by his granddad’s and father’s recording of life events in pictures and on 8mm film. In 1978, immediately after receiving his BA in Radio and Television from Purdue University, Rick joined IBM’s Media Center in Rochester, MN as a production assistant, eventually becoming a senior AVID video editor. He relocated to Atlanta, GA when IBM moved the Media Center there. Rick retired from IBM in 2019 after 41 years with the company. He married Mary Beth Johnson of Austin, MN on May 28, 1983 in Rochester, and by the end of that year they had made their home in Marietta. In 1990 they welcomed their only son, Lewis Martin, into their lives. Rick was preceded in death by his father, Glen; grandparents Lewis B. and Gladys (Cunningham) Hoff; Millard and Nettie (Crane) Ritenour; one uncle and several aunts. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Mary (Johnson); his son, Lewis (Megan); his mother, Pat, Denver CO; sisters Nancy (Steve) Foxwell , Marietta, GA and Beth (Don) English, Colorado Springs, CO; brothers-in-law Darell Johnson, Cold Spring, MN; Duane (Kathy) Johnson, Carmel, IN; Dan (Emma), San Jose, CA; sisters-in-law Lyn McCoy, Fountain Hills, AZ; Kathy Johnson, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; nieces, nephews and cousins. Due to Covid, a private memorial service will be held at H. M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel, Marietta, GA. We encourage you to celebrate Rick’s life in your own way. The family would like to express their profound gratitude to Dr. Don Shaffer, MD, FACP, and the nurses and staff of Northwest Georgia Oncology Center, Marietta, GA. If desired, friends may make memorial donations to Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, 995 Roswell St. NE, Suite 100, Marietta. GA 30060 or at their website https://lovingarms.support/.

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Chris Estby

September 15, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that brings us together. Rick and I went to high school together and had some great times during those years as well as in our early adult lives. As with many careers, ours separated us by miles but were always able to stay connected particularly with annual Christmas Cards and updates. The good times will not be forgotten as we celebrate Rick, his life and the time he was with us to enhance our lives!
Thoughts and Prayers with Mary, Lewis and Rick's family!
Rest well my friend!
Chris

Steve Foxwell

September 13, 2020

I could not have asked for a better brother-in-law, than Rick. He was the nicest, most laid back, easy going, happy-go-lucky guy I have ever had the honor to know. I never saw him get mad, or say a bad word about anything or anybody. He was the happiest person I knew; always with a smile or a laugh on his face.

I asked myself, what was the secret to Rick's happiness? What made Rick so darn happy?! After giving it a lot of thought, I came up with three things that I believe were the secret to Rick's happiness.

The first secret was “His Love of Family"; family was everything to Rick. The foundation of his happiness came from his loving wife Mary and their son Lewis; and extended from his Mom Pat, his Father Rit, and his sisters Nancy and Beth; a very happy life they had indeed as evidenced by the many family photos and movies his father took. And Rick subsequently did the same, documenting his family in many photos and movies as well.

The second secret was “His Love of Music”. We all know how important music was in Rick’s life; especially “The Beatles”. And what better music than “Beatles” music to generate happiness? Rick’s love of their music (and all other pop and rock 'n roll music) produced the soundtrack of his life and his happiness.

Lastly, the third secret was “His Love of Life Itself”. Rick “loved his job and his friends at IBM", and looked forward to going to work everyday. Rick also loved “having fun and a good party”; and he knew how to put a party on! Especially Rick and Mary’s annual “Halloween Party”! Who could forget those? And the ingredients? Good friends, plenty of “Hot Prairie Fire" dip, “Chicken Wings”, “Fried Onion Rings”; and of course, what would a good party be without a “Hot Fudge Sundae” for dessert (with vanilla ice cream)!

So that was Rick’s secret to his happiness; love of family, love of music and love of life itself.

Thanks Rick! You were one of the "good guys". I will never forget you!


Steve Showalter

September 13, 2020

"Crazy Rick"

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year.
Running over the same old ground, what have we found? The same old fears...
Wish you were here.

You are a great friend and I have wonderful memories of our many adventures. I love you, man.

"Perf"

Dennis Casey

September 13, 2020

Rick brought music, laughter and love to everyone around him. Rest in Peace Rick, we’ll see you on that long and winding road.

Dennis & Twylla Casey

Nancy Foxwell

September 13, 2020

To my most loving, admired and amazing little brother Rick,

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday”

I will miss and love you forever....I’ll look forward to our walks everyday❣️

Your sister, Nancy

Barb Hermanson baldy

September 13, 2020

Ricky changed our lives when he and his family moved in next door to our family in Denver. We have shared some wonderful memories over the past 47 years. I won’t forget those wild hawiian shirts he would show up in, one in every color.
Your friendship has always meant so much to me, and my family.
Thank you for letting us be a part of your world...🐢
Rest In Peace Ricky...

Julie Seckman

September 12, 2020

Mary & Lewis,
Our hearts go out to you both. This loss is huge and no one will ever replace this wonderful man. Ricko was the best of the best. He will never be forgotten, be missed dearly, and be loved forever.
Love & prayers for you and your family,
Julie, Jim & Josh Seckman

Kathleen Johnson

September 12, 2020

To my "favorite" brother-in-law:
Rest in Peace.
With love, Kathy

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