Richard Paul Ritter

Richard Paul Ritter

September 2, 2021, 85, Goldsboro –

Richard Paul Ritter passed away peacefully on September 2, 2021 at the age of 85.

Mr. Ritter was born on June 13, 1936 in Auburn, NY to Mabel (Houghton) and Ralph V. Ritter. He attended school in Forest Port NY before entering the US Air Force.

He married Eileen Nerea Hughes on November 7, 1959, and was a devoted and loving husband for 61 years.

During his service in the US Air Force, Mr. Ritter spent most of his career as a Flight Standardization Steward for the 89th Special Air Missions (SAM FOX) which included Air Force One. During his military career, he received many military achievement accommodations and retired from active duty with the Air Force as a Senior Master Sargent after 26 years of service. He had a second career in the civil service working as a Fuels Operator at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY from which he retired in 1994.

Mr. Ritter was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. During his retirement, Mr. Ritter and his wife traveled extensively across the United States in their RV, before building a home in Goldsboro, NC where he enjoyed his many friends and neighbors.

Mr. Ritter is predeceased by his parents, his brother Ralph Edward Ritter and sister-in-law Ruth Ritter.

Surviving Mr. Ritter is his beloved wife Eileen, his sister and brother-in-law Martha and Gary DuBray of FL, and brother and sister-in-law David Hughes and Gail Barnaby of VT. In addition, he leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews that were precious to him as well as the two women who he loved like daughters, Dana Kay Randall and Sally Sayer Pearce.

At Mr. Ritter’s request, no funeral or calling hours will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Vets of Goldsboro, NC.

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