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Robert Eldon Ritter June 25, 1942 - March 11, 2020

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Robert Eldon Ritter, age 77, died suddenly on March 11, 2020 at his home in Chandler, Arizona.

Eldon, as he was known to his family, was born June 25, 1942 to Chauncey Clay Ritter and Augusta Frances (Redmon) Ritter of Ritchey, Missouri.  He spent much of his youth exploring those Missouri hills, but lived in and called Arizona home for more than 50 years.

He enjoyed working in the yard, browsing antique stores, and spending time with family.  He was mischievous in nature and loved to “stir the pot” to see whom he could rile up, but it was always done with love and laughter.  His twinkling eyes and special laugh will be deeply missed by those who loved him so very much.

He was a devoted and loving husband for more than 29 years to wife, Debbie.  During their years of marriage, he selflessly and generously dedicated himself as father and “Papa” to his stepchildren and grandchildren, all of whom adored him.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Ritter; stepdaughter, Stacey Peace, her husband, Rich and their two daughters, Alexa and Jessica Peace; stepson, Aaron Asbury, his wife, Katie and their two children, Ava and Weston Asbury; extended family, brother-in-law, Mike Atterberry; sister-in-law, Tonya Curtis and husband, Shawn; son, Jerry Ritter; daughters, Dee Ann Ritter, Brenda Allen, and Melisa Ritter; granddaughter, Amber Ritter and grandson, Chris Bredahl; brother, Harold Ritter; sisters, Pauline Austin and Joan Williams.

His parents, three brothers, and one grandson precede him in death.

His memorial service will be officiated by Rev. Phil Adams at the Legacy Funeral Home in Chandler, Arizona on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 2pm – 3:30pm.

Visitation and Memorial Service to be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Legacy Funeral Home - Chandler, 1374 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225, from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.


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    We are remembering you all in our thoughts and prayers. I wish that we could be there. We have so many wonderful memories . . . Some of them going all the way back to childhood and probably more so the stories told than the actual memory . . . with Eldon and dad constantly trying to one up the other in their “trading” deals. And then Tammy and I were remembering a game night around Christmas time (when Tim was just a baby/toddler) and Eldon putting on Tim’s hand a sticky Christmas bow. Eldon laughed and laughed with the little guys puzzlement and efforts to shake it loose. A few years later Eldon conjured up the imaginations of our little ones with the invention of “Pinkie the Elephant.” He took them out into the back yard and had them convinced that Debbie’s finger poked through a knothole and wriggling around was its trunk. His eyes seemed to light up the most when he was in the midst of mischievousness. We loved him much and are surely going to miss him. Love and Prayers, Dan and Tammy Williams and family.

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