- 90 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 30, 1924
- Place of birth:
St. Charles, Missouri, United States
- Date of passing: Oct 18, 2014
- Place of passing:
Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
|"Dance then, wherever you may be. I am the Lord of the Dance, said He! And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be. And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!"|
"Happy Birthday in Heaven, Daddy! Miss you and LOVE YOU always."
"Today is a sad day. 59 years ago, I was brought for the first time to the home of Hugh and Harriette Ritter as a 6 week old infant to be placed for adoption. Daddy would call me on this day to wish me Happy Birthday as this is my birthday with them...... Wish he could still call......"
"I Did Not Die
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die."
God looked around his garden
And found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, ‘Peace be thine’.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
"A year has now come and gone since Daddy has passed - the year of firsts - first Thanksgiving, first Christmas, first birthday, etc. So, I light the first candle to represent our grief. I light the second candle to represent our courage to confront our sorrow. I light the third candle in your memory for all the times we had together. The fourth candle I light for our love - your light will always shine.......... We love you and we miss you........."
""If there ever comes a time when we can't be together,
Keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."
Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne)"
"The day after Christmas, December 26, 2014, we lost my dad's brother, Paul Ritter, MD. I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with the family and say my goodbyes to my dear Uncle Paul. I know Daddy was there to greet Paul as he transitioned to Heaven. I was also able to reconnect with family members I had not seen in decades. My cousin, Missy McCoy, is also a "daddy's girl" so we grieve together in the loss of both our fathers. So, Missy, to honor the men we love - our husbands, Tim and Tom and our beloved daddies - Hugh and Paul, I leave the words to a song composed by John Denver - Perhaps Love.
Perhaps love is like a resting place
A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home
Perhaps love is like a window
Perhaps an open door
It invites you to come closer
It wants to show you more
And even if you lose yourself
And don't know what to do
The memory of love will see you through
Oh, love to some is like a cloud
To some as strong as steel
For some a way of living
For some a way to feel
And some say love is holding on
And some say letting go
And some say love is everything
And some say they don't know
Perhaps love is like the ocean
Full of conflict, full of pain
Like a fire when it's cold outside
Or thunder when it rains
If I should live forever
And all my dreams come true
My memories of love will be of you
Songwriters: J DENVER"
"As Christmas approaches, I think of this - my first Christmas without him - and am saddened. We held a memorial service the beginning of November at his beloved St. Mary's Health Center. I so appreciate all those who were able to attend and pay their last respects to Daddy. Merry Christmas, Daddy! I love you and I miss you forever.
"Dr. Hugh Ritter had so many accomplishments in his lifetime there is hardly space or time sufficient to remember them all. Hugh was a nationally recognized physician, having served as president of the Missouri Medical Association and the Board of the American Medical Association for 10 years. He delivered hundreds of babies in his years of practice and served as Chief of Staff in OB at St. Mary's hospital. He spent many late nights and early mornings at the hospital taking care of his patients and never concerned if it was a weekend or holiday. Even with his busy career as a physician, he shared his spare time with his family and friends and supported numerous community groups. He was an accomplished sportsman and was a nationally ranked skeet shooter. He shared his passion of duck hunting with me and provided many memorable experiences for me hunting ducks, upland birds and deer. Later in life he took up golf and became quite good at that as well. Most of all I will always remember him for having the knowledge and experience to recognize that Lisa was in distress prior to delivery of our daughter, Jennifer, and recommended Lisa enter the hospital early. Luckily his judgment was correct as Jennifer had the cord wrapped around her neck 4 times. Had he not had that wisdom, Jen may not be here today. He was a man larger than life and will be missed by many. He was a dear friend. May he rest in peace."
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