Vincent Ritter, age 92 of Chokio, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019, at Fairway View in Ortonville, MN.
Visitation for Vincent Ritter will be Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. and a rosary to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chokio, MN. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chokio, MN.
Funeral services for Vincent Paul Ritter will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chokio, MN, with Father John Paul Knopik serving as celebrant for the service. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Chokio, MN.
Vincent was born on Oct. 10, 1927 in Morris, MN, to Jerome and Ethel (Noll) Ritter. He married Virginia Lenore Schuster on Mar. 26, 1951 in Chokio, MN. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Dehavan from Oct. 11, 1945 to Sept. 8, 1947.
Vincent operated a dairy and crop farm in Everglade Township until retirement. He also did carpentry work, custom baling and field measurements for ASCS. He was active in the Stevens County Farmers Union and served as Minnesota Farmers Union Vice President in the 1970s. Vincent promoted progressive l public policy and was an advocate of family farming in the Minnesota DFL Party. He also served as a 4-H leader and on the ASCS committee, church advisory committee and township board. He served on the Farmers Union Marketing and Processing Assn. board in the late 1970s.
Vincent was a devoted Catholic and lifelong member of St. Mary’s Parish. He received the honor of Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. He enjoyed traveling, square dancing, watching old westerns and making “something out of nothing” and “sawdust” in his farm shop.
But more than anything, Vincent loved being surrounded by his family and telling stories. He especially loved to tell Ole and Lena jokes (with accent). He was kind, generous and big hearted and believed in working hard.
He is survived by his wife: Virginia of Chokio, MN; seven children: Stephen Ritter of Buffalo, MN, John (Roger Holmin) Ritter of Lebanon, TN, Dale (Gail) Ritter of Morris, MN, Daniel (Jane) Ritter of Oak Harbor, WA, Mark (Julie) Ritter of New Prauge, MN, Suzanne Ritter of Morris, MN, and Patrick Ritter of Chokio, MN; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; one sister: Joan (Herbert) Karpinsky of Mankato, MN; and one sister-in-law: Lillian Ritter of Morris, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law: Kathy Ritter; and siblings: Veronica Golombiecki, Robert Ritter, Eileen Riley, Edward Ritter, and Fabian Ritter.
Funeral services are with Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.