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1943 James 2022

James Ritter

April 3, 1943 — January 31, 2022

Crack open a Bush Light in the garage and put on your best sweatpants to celebrate the life and memory of Jimmy Ritter. Jim (born in 1943) and his brother Bill were the children of a butcher for Acme and the secretary of Copley schools. He talked how it was a better time back then because everyone wasn't on their stupid phones. Married 46 fun and wonderful years to his wife Margie they had four children, Debbie, Danny, Kimmy and AJ. He tolerated his kids but preferred the company of their spouses more; Jenny, Mike and Aimee. His grandchildren: Maria, Jimmy, Jake, Kolten, Vince (Duke), Kelly (Peaches), Grayson (Snowflake) and Ash (Meatball) were collectively known as "pukes" (a term for all kids). A millwright of Goodyear for 35 years he was known as a prankster and was retired almost as long as he worked for "Uncle Charlie". A sports fan he loved watching the Buckeyes, Cavs and Indians play in and win national championships. The family hopes the Browns will be pallbearers so they can let him down one more time. The only thing he loved more than sports was fishing in Lake Erie aboard the Nutsea and putting his kids and their friends to work around the yard. He loved visiting Marathon key, fishing with his cousin Jerry, and watching his oldest son make a spectacle of himself at Fantasy Fest in Key West. A legendary complainer he often directed his frustrations to "kids and dogs and cars". He once sat and griped while his son, grandson and their friends loaded his porch with firewood and didn't stack it strait. Jimmy hosted the Corn Roast for 40 years and would only gift his youngest son the secret recipe for the Ritter family sausage "over my dead body". At his request there is no formal service because "that costs too much damn money" but a celebration of life will be held during the 2022 Corn Roast. Thank you to the staff of Western Reserve and the family's apologies for any inappropriate jokes he may have told to the female nurses.

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