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The Crescent News
November 5, 2008
Defiance businessman Donald Rittenhouse, 76, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, in Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.
He was born June 20, 1932, in Mt. Victory, Ky., the son of Thelma Garrison and his stepfather, Floyd Rittenhouse. In 2005, he married Cindy Sisco, who survives. He owned R&R Trucking, Vanilla Hut, Westwood Saloon, South Side Tavern and D.R.'s Cars and was co-owner of L&R Motors. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland, a buyer for Stykemain's Pontiac-Buick-GMC Ltd., and general manager at Beckman's Chevrolet Cadillac. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1974 as command sgt. major after serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars and receiving a Purple Heart and many other military awards. He was a life member of AMVETS Post 1991, DAV Chapter 36 and VFW Post 3360, and attended St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Also surviving are two sons, Donald (Julie) and Brandon, Defiance; two stepdaughters, Amy (Kevin) O'Mara and Erin Pixler, Toledo; three sisters, Minnie (Cleon) Hohenberger and Edith (Larry) Szabo of Defiance and Edna Seeds, Naples, Fla.; and a grandchild and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Doyle and Floyd.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home with Rev. David Brobston officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery with military rites accorded by VFW Post 3360. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com.