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“Sorry to hear about your dad. You have our prayers and sincerest condolences. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Robin and Shelly Shaw - Mission, SD

“Delbert was a very good friend to my husband Ralph. He would stop by when Ralph could no longer drive to see how he was doing. Delbert was...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Mildred Kenzy - Iona - friend

“So sorry for your loss, Becki and Family. Delbert was a good neighbor and friend to many in Pukwana. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Allen - Pukwana, SD

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Everrett & Marie Reagle - Mission, SD

“Delbert will surely be missed. It was my pleasure to take care of him. And I can speak for the rest of the staff at the clinic and hospital that he...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Beau Braun - Chamberlain, SD

“Words cannot express our sorrow at losing Delbert. Our prayers are with Becki, Doyle, Norman, Cory and the grandchildren and great grandchildren. ...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: VICKI - dallas, OR

“Delbert will be missed be many. It was a pleasure to have met him. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: TroyLyn Joseph - Brandon, SD

“Condolences to Norman and Becki and especially Danielle. So sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Gwen Felix - Mission, SD - Friend

“My dad used to like to visit with Mr. Ritter quite a bit. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Dwight Meyer

“Becky, Norman and family I'm so very sorry for your loss. Delbert was a very special and wonderful person. He'll be missed by all who knew him. ...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Sandy Soesbe - Gregory, SD

“Lots of good memories with this wild and crazy guy and Carol. Delbert was such a good friend to Ed and me when they lived in Mission. Lots of...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Brookens - Sturgis, SD

“Delbert and Carol Ritter were my first employers. I worked for them for about 3 years and learned so much from the both of them. They taught me...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Michelle Chauncey - Mission, SD

“My first meeting with Delbert was when he arrived in Chamberlain with a plan....and with a lot of ambition and drive, he and Carol opened their...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Jeannine S Hickey Reuer - SD

“Delbert came to the auction when my parents sold the farm. I was just a little girl and had to sell my pony. I felt so bad and Delbert talked to me...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Brown - Bassett, NE - friend

“Delbert and I became friends when we were both in our mid teens. Then what a blessing because he became part of my family through marrige. He will...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Janell Millian - Winner, SD

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Kim Nagel

“So sorry to hear of this. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Yvonne (Varilek) Grewell

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I've always enjoyed visiting with Delbert, he treated everyone well and was always kind to me and made me laugh. May all...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Nell Heying - White River, SD

“He will never be forgotten he was a very kind man and always very pleasant to visit with. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Eric Coke - Pukwana, SD

“Sorry for your loss I will always remember the sweet kind man I knew. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Jenn Andersen


Delbert Lee Ritter was born June 29, 1947 in Gregory SD, to Hilda Ann (Sexton) and Eugene Patrick Ritter. Delbert had four sisters, Patricia, Mary, Nancy, and Ellen, and two brothers James and Raymond. Growing up, Delbert enjoyed working with horses, fishing and hunting.

Delbert spent his entire life working hard to provide for his family, as well as helping anyone in need. He worked on the farm with his step-father Hugh Hannett in Iona, SD. He was a police officer in Winner, SD. His true love was driving semi and working with heavy equipment, which he did off and on until he retired.

Delbert met Carol Womeldorf in 1962 and they married on December 28, 1966. Their first child, Norman, was born in 1967. Six years later in 1973 came their daughter Becki. They have eight grandchildren and three great grandchild with one on the way.

Delbert and Carol owned Ritter's 1883 in Mission, SD. It was a restaurant, gas station, pawn shop, and car dealership. In 2006 Carol and Delbert moved to Pukwana, SD and opened up the Sugar Shack in Chamberlain, SD. His last business adventure in Chamberlain was Shack Auto. He retired at age 65, due to his health.

Delbert's enjoyments of life were having coffee with friends, playing cards, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Delbert passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 resulting from a car accident.

Delbert is on his journey with his mother Hilda, father Eugene, and stepfather Hugh, two sisters Patricia Ritter and Mary Heying, as well as his wife of 45 years, Carol. God called this cowboy home to be reunited with his angel. May they spread their wings together once again.

Delbert is survived by two children Norman (Clorice) Ritter of Mission and Becki Ritterand husband Doyle Valandra of Mission, SD; eight grandchildren Steven McDaniel, Zachary McDaniel, Danielle Valandra, Jeremy Ritter, Seth Novak, Hunter Ritter, Jerred Ritter, and Leona Ritter; three great grandchildren Kaydence McDaniel, George Greaves, and Vetal Manuel-Lee Valandra with one on the way; sisters Nancy (Robert) Rohla of Presho, SD and Ellen (Mike) Harroun of Mitchell, SD; brothers James (Lynelle) Ritter of Mitchell, SD and Raymond (Deb) Hannett of Winner, SD; and brother-in-law Ed Heying of Kansas.

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Memorial services for Delbert Ritter of Pukwana, SD were held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer officiating. A visitation and prayer service was held Friday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Music was provided by Sara Klein, pianist, and Geoff Smith, vocalist, singing "Amazing Grace My Chains are Gone." Congregational hymns were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "It Is Well with My Soul."

Inurnment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Gregory, SD.