Richard "Rick" Allen Ritland, 63, of Hampton, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, at his home in Hampton. He was born February 14, 1957, to Roy and Marjorie (Duit) Ritland.
Rick graduated from Hampton High School, class of 1975. He furthered his education at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, and then transferred to Iowa State University, receiving his two-year degree in Ag Studies. Rick was united in marriage to Debra Ruley on February 10, 1990, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in rural Geneva. He was a lifelong farmer and was a member of the Franklin County Fair Board, FSA, Pheasants Forever, AKL Fraternity at Iowa State and the Grant Lee Township Fire Department. Rick was also a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in rural Geneva.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and tractor pulling. Rick also enjoyed grilling and having a cold drink with his friends. He attended many Iowa State football games and NASCAR races, as well as various sporting events throughout the years for his children and granddaughter. He loved spending time with his family and looked forward to family gatherings.
Rick is survived by his wife Debra Ritland of Hampton; daughter Sarah (Mike) Wessels of Ackley; son Tyler Ritland of Peoria, Illinois; daughter Michelle (Dustin) Pierce of Shellsburg; granddaughter Taryan Barrick-Wessels of Ackley; parents Roy and Marjorie Ritland of Bradford; sisters Kathleen Ferguson of Hampton and DeeAnn (Gary) Chaplin of Ackley; brother-in-law Scot Horner of Geneva; father- and mother-in-law Donald and Susan Ruley of Central City; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister Donna Horner, brother-in-law Russell Ferguson, paternal grandparents Oscar and Alma Ritland, maternal grandparents John and Sarah Duit.
Services will be held at a later date.
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I have many fond memories of the Ritland family from the school bus from K-12. FFA in High School with Rick. Always with a smile when our paths would cross over the years. Much too early to lose such a great person.
To Deb and family Rick was a great loving man and will be missed very much. Always had a smile laugh and a hug for you .You are all in our prayers
Deb and Family,
Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you all. May all the fond memories of Rick bring you comfort. We enjoyed all the times we have spent with you, Rick and your family. It will be different not having him at our future gatherings, but we will always remember and keep him in our thoughts.
We will miss you Rick - Rest In Peace.
Joel , Shari Messmer & family
Deb ,family and friends of Rick, my deepest condolences! May you find strength in your memories and with those who thought the world of Rick! He definitely was a great guy and will be missed!!
Deb, I’m lost for Words!!! it’s hard to know that Rick has passed., Kevin and Rick were good friends we were too,,,, all the crazy stuff we talked about and drinking beer and having a fire.. Rick was gentle and kind and loved his friends . I will miss him Deb I’m here for you we can Cry together,,, So sorry my friend
I grew up next to the Ritland family and spent lots of time at their home, especially riding horses. I have very fond memories of Rick. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
RITLAND FAMILY - Vicki, my wife, and I visited Monday, November 9. This was most difficult as I felt a special relationship with Rick, almost like a brother. Rick was such a honest, trustworthy and hard working individual. In 25 years as our renter, Rick and I never spoke a harsh word and enjoyed each others company. Rick and I parted with tears in our eyes.
God Bless!! 11/22/20 Dennis L. Wright
My condolences to the Ritland family for the passing of Rick..my prayers go out to all of you. Marcia Diemer Zimmer, Burleson, Texas