Alfred E. Rittman, 88, of Naples, Florida, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Born Dec. 25, 1926, in Seymour, he was the son of Albert F. and Luella Hackman Rittman, both of whom preceded him in death. On Sept. 7, 1952, he married Mary Lou Nolting.
He 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. He was in the honor guard, meeting with dignitaries from the U.S. that were sent to Europe. He spent a year in Berlin and was discharged in 1946. He received the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.
Prior to moving to Naples in 1990, he was a farmer for 50 years. After moving to Florida, he became a Realtor and was active in real estate for another 10 years.
He 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 also was a member of American Legion Post 135 in Naples and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7721 in Golden Gate, Florida. He had been a member of the VFW Ritual Team.
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.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Kruse.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour with the Rev. Ralph Blomenberg officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Voss Chapel in Seymour and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.
Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47 and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Florida, or Faith Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be made at vossfuneralservice.com.