Bisch & Son Funeral Home

505 East Allen, Springfield, IL


John E. "Eddie" Ritz, Sr.

July 3, 1946August 4, 2019

John E. “Eddie” Ritz, Sr., 73, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born on July 3, 1946 in Springfield, the son of the late Chester Earl and Isola E. (Spain) Ritz, Sr. He married Doris Lee Draper on March 7, 1980 and she preceded him in death on October 14, 2011.

Eddie served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era. He worked for 30 years at Lake Area Disposal Service and he was a member of NSPOA Campground in Petersburg, IL.

He is survived by 2 children, Melissa (husband Jerry) VanMeter of Sherman, IL, and John Ritz, Jr. of Springfield; 3 step-children, Ronald (wife Shannon) Estes, Jr. of Chatham, IL, Janet Estes of Tallula, IL, and David (wife Krista) Estes of Pleasant Plains, IL; 14 grandchildren, Nikki (husband Nevin) Tauchus, Allie (husband Greg) Farmer, Danielle (fiancé Jonah Kadyk) VanMeter, Zayne Ritz, Kandice (husband Ronald) Byers, Katie (husband Joe) Nelson, Jami Birchard, Amanda Birchard, Jeffrey Seals, Alexis (husband Brandon) Hatcher, Nathan Estes, Ryan Estes, Payton Estes, and Sydnee Estes; 12 great-grandchildren, Tegan Tauchus, Kanin Tauchus, Grady Tauchus, Kinley Farmer, Trenton Byers, Paige Nelson, Ayden Smith, Madison Smith, Khloe Smith, Isabella Seals, Callie Seals, and Ellie Hatcher; 4 siblings, Pamela (husband Mark) Hart, Carb (wife Vicky) Ritz, Patty (husband John Lowery) Estes, and Gary Ritz, all of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by 3 siblings, Chester “Earl” Ritz, Jr., Larry Ritz, and Harold Wayne Ritz.

Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield. Memorial services will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 10:30 am at Pasfield Southern Baptist Church, 411 W. Lenox Ave., Springfield. Per his wishes, cremation rites were accorded. Inurnment will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, where military rites will be provided by the U.S. Army and the Interveteran’s Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, or to the Disabled Veterans of America.


  • American Cancer Society
  • American Lung Association
  • Disabled Veterans


  • Memorial Service Monday, August 12, 2019


John E. "Eddie" Ritz, Sr.

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Caitlyn Draper

August 11, 2019

My uncle Eddie was one of the best uncle ever my favorite memory of him was out at the campground and him hideing my bike all the time he enjoyed it so much and I am sorry for everyone's loss he will be very much missed I love you uncle Eddie rip ❤❤❤

Carb and Vicky Ritz

August 6, 2019

Eddie, Carb and I have so many wonderful memories of you...Family was always so important to you and you Loved them all the same..So many family get-togethers either playing cards, gambling , yard darts, Ship Captain Crew, tossing a coin to a line anything involving money (lol) we played..Everybody loved you, you have such a Big heart and that smile and laughter filled the room..You will be missed....RIP Eddie!!! We Love you ....Forever in our heart.........❤️❤️😘😘😢😢

Brenda and Frank Croll

August 6, 2019

Ed , was a very good man....always there whenever anyone needed anything...he had a good heart and great sense of humor.....he will be missed by many....RIP Ed , give Doris a big hug.......

Kandice Byers

August 5, 2019

He was the best grandpa I could of ever asked for. I’m gonna miss you soooooo much ole man! Love you sooo sooo sooo much.