Obituary for John Ransom Ritter
John Ransom Ritter, retired OSU Landscape Architect Professor, age 79, passed to his Heavenly Home to reside with the “Chief Architect” Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma due to complications following Open Heart Surgery. Family will greet friends at Strode Funeral Home Wednesday evening, February 1, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Funeral services to be held Thursday, February 02, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel, 610 S. Duncan, Stillwater, Oklahoma with Mich Dershem officiating. Interment will follow at Lawson Cemetery, Yale, Oklahoma. Strode Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
John R. Ritter, born January 05, 1938, in the family home near Perkins/Mehan area of Payne County and was the third of five children born to Elmer Milton and Mona June (Lewis) Ritter. He attended school at Eureka, Quay, and graduated High School at Yale, Oklahoma with Honors in 1955. He then enrolled at Oklahoma A&M, Stillwater, Oklahoma (name later became Oklahoma State University) where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. He later received his Master Degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
Following two years service in the United States Army, John worked in Cambridge, Massachusetts for an Architecture Firm which led to several years of employment abroad. He worked in Landscape Architecture in Yugoslavia, Greece, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. John was working for Bechtel Corporation in Kuwait at the time of the Iraq Invasion (Desert Storm) in 1990 and became a Civilian Hostage. Upon his release, John elected to return home to Oklahoma and subsequently became an Associate Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department of Oklahoma State University where he taught for approximately 20 years before retiring in June of 2011. He took great pride in his students and enjoyed his teaching career at OSU; education and the success of his students were of the utmost importance to John.
John is predeceased by his parents (Elmer and Mona Ritter) and two siblings; Elmona (Ritter) Potts, and Geary Ronald Ritter. He is also predeceased by Niece Michelle (Riley) Nichols and brother-in-laws, Paul Potts and Lloyd Dawes.
He is survived by two sisters; Dorma Dawes and Donna K. Riley (Ray), Nieces, Judy Hite (Alfred) and Stacy Riley-Kleim (David) as well as Nephews, Larry Potts (Vicki), Tony Potts (Jinni) and Jeffrey Riley (Karol). Because John was never married or had any children of his own, he considered all of his Nieces and Nephews along with the Great-Nieces and Great- Nephews as his dearly beloved family as well as numerous Cousins. John also leaves behind many dear and close Friends and Colleagues made during his tenure at Oklahoma State University and through his travels to other parts of the world.
Memorial Contributions may be made in John R. Ritter’s name to the Elmer and Mona Lewis Ritter Family Memorial Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma State University Foundation, Stillwater, Oklahoma or the Wounded Warriors Fund.