Alfred E. Rittman, 88, of Naples, Florida, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Born December 25, 1926, in Seymour, Indiana, he was the son of Albert F. and Luella (Hackman) Rittman.
On September 7, 1952, he married Mary Lou Nolting.
Prior to moving to Naples in 1990, Mr. Rittman was a farmer for 50 years. After moving to Florida he became a realtor and was active in real estate for another 10 years. Mr. Rittman was a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Naples and was an Elder for several years before becoming an Emeritus Elder. He was a member of the American Legion No. 135 of Naples and VFW No. 7721 in Golden Gate, Florida. He had been a member of the VFW Ritual Team.
Mr. Rittman was a service connected veteran of World War II. He took his basic training at Camp Walters in Texas. His company was trained for the Invasion of Japan, but because Japan surrendered, he was sent to Europe with the 3rd Infantry Outfit to serve in the Honor Guard, meeting with dignitaries from the U.S. who were sent to Europe. He spent a year in Berlin and was discharged in 1946. He received the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal.
He is survived by his children, Michael (Debra) Rittman and Tina (Don) Espiritu; grandchildren, Tiffany (Todd) East, Nathan (Jamie) Rittman, Michelle (Rowe) Hudson and Mary (Sebastian) Saitta; great-grandchildren, Kelian and Kelis East and Anna and Sara Hudson; stepgreat-grandchildren, Jessy Chaney and Jake Cope; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ruth Kruse.
Funeral services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Ralph Blomenberg officiating.
Friends may call at Voss Chapel on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until time of service.
Burial will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Seymour, Indiana, with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post No. 1925, American Legion Post No. 89, Disabled Veterans No. 47 and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Memorial checks may be written to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hope Hospice of Fort Myers, Florida, or Faith Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home Website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.