Walter Theobald (Ted) Ritter, Jr.
Ted Ritter, 81, died peacefully Dec. 12 at Christus St. Joseph Villa in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born in Holland, Mich., and living most of his life in and around the Chicago area, he graduated from Oak Park High School in 1944. A proud Fighting Illinii, he received a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois in 1951 after serving in the Army during WWII as a radio operator.
Ted raised his four children with his late wife, Joan Raines Ritter, in Evanston, Ill. He was an active participant in local politics; participating in the Young Republicans, serving on the Evanston Planning Commission and a founding member of Evanston’s H.O.P.E. (Homes of Private Enterprise). Ted was also a lifetime member of the Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, and then contributing as a scout leader and being instrumental in the founding of the Chicago Sea Scouts. Ted was also an active member of Rotary International and a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church.
Ted was a passionate HVAC engineer and worked until the age of 78 in his beloved profession. He was the recipient of numerous awards and honors in energy conservation from the innovative approaches he used in designing heating and air conditioning systems in buildings in the Chicago area.
Ted’s friends and family knew him as a fun loving, kind and generous man whose greatest joy came from racing sailboats on Lake Michigan. He was a member of the Chicago Yacht Club and attained the coveted status of "Old Goat" as part of the Chicago to Mackinac Race, sailing in 32 consecutive races before moving to Salt Lake in 2003.
Ted is survived by his sister Claris Clapp (Charlie), Salt Lake City, Utah, his four children; Walter Theobald (Trey) Ritter, III (Janet), Libertyville, Ill.; Jean Ritter Dale (John Glass), Glendale, Calif.; Laura Ritter (Dick Peek) Park City, Utah; and Claris Ritter (Jamie Marvel), Kennett Square, Pa. He is also survived by six grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews who will all miss him dearly.
The family is planning a memorial service and celebration of Ted’s life in Salt Lake City on Feb. 9, 2008. Please contact a family member for more information.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Next Generation of Care Capitol Campaign at St. Joseph Villa.
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