John "Frank" Ritz

August 29, 1925 ~ April 21, 2021 (age 95)


John Franklin Ritz “Frank” was born in the upstairs bedroom in the house his father and grandfather built in Irondequoit, NY. It was the last house on a dirt road near a small wooded area where he spent many of his childhood years. His favorite childhood memory was searching through the freshly plowed fields for arrowheads. Frank served in the Navy during WWII in the South Pacific earning the rank of Quartermaster Second Class. Upon his separation from the service he received an Honorable Discharge. Frank moved to San Diego, CA where he was very active in his church and their young adult group where he met the love of his life, Phyllis. They were married over 65 years and raised 5 children. His family owned their own newspaper business in New York where he learned a lot about printing. After his time in the service he started his own printing business for a short time. His skills in printing helped to land him a job as a lithographer for the San Diego Gas and Electric Co. where he retired from after many years. Frank was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He had a great sense of humor and knew many quirky songs from way back for every occasion. During his retirement he spent time volunteering for Hospice, camping with family, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his children Steve (Rose) Ritz, David (Kathy) Ritz, Liza (Daniel)Gomez, Joseph (Cherie) Ritz and Cynthia (Gabriel) Moran. And sixteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

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Funeral Mass
May 15, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
800 SE Court Avenue
Pendleton, Oregon 97801

June 25, 2021

10:00 AM
Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92518
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