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Herman M. Ritterbeck

Herman M. Ritterbeck age 82, of Granville, Ohio, passed away Monday August 1, 2022 at Middleton Senior Living under the care of Ohio Living Health & Hospice. He was born February 8, 1940 in Caldwell, Ohio, a son of the late Carl and Freda Hill Ritterbeck.

After graduating from Caldwell High School, he was employed with Western Electric. He worked there until he was drafted into the United States Army. After he returned, he was employed with Lucent Technologies, formerly known as AT&T/Western Electric, from where he retired after 39 years 7 months and 16 days. Herman also worked at Bookmark Farms in Pataskala for 15 years. After retirement he drove cars for Bob McDorman Automotive. He was an avid football, baseball, and volleyball player, but his real passion was a sport that he played for 55 years, softball. Herman was an avid rabbit and later a coon hunter. He raised prize winning coon dogs, one of those growing up to be his favorite, better known as Moe. He was a devout Catholic that was raised in the St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulda, Ohio, and was currently a member of St. Edwards the Confessor in Granville, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Agnes (Francis) Ritterbeck Weisend; Rita Ann (James) Ritterbeck Zwick; and Theresa Ann Ritterbeck Matheney; brother Harold E. Ritterbeck and infant brother, Francis Ritterbeck.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Lavaughn Piatt Ritterbeck, whom he married February 24, 1968; a brother, Howard (Beverly) Ritterbeck of Bolivar, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Neil (Carrie) Piatt of De Soto, MO, and caretaker niece Diann Jennings of New Carlisle, Ohio. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family.

The family will receive friends for visitation Wednesday, August 10, 2022 with a vigil service at 4:00 p.m. with visitation continuing to 7:00 p.m. at the McPeek-Hoekstra Funeral Home, 133 S Prospect Granville, OH 43023, and Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Chandler Funeral Home, 609 West Street Caldwell, OH 43724. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Caldwell, with Rev. Father Tom Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Fulda, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed in Herman’s honor to the St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulda, 43700 Fulda Road Caldwell, OH 43724.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses, aides and staff of Middleton Senior Living and Ohio Living Health & Hospice for the excellent care they not only provided Herman but his family as well. Please join us in remembering Herman by visiting his memorial at

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