ROCK HILL -- Mr. Francis G. Ritter of Rock Hill passed away peacefully on March 18, 2008. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was a practical man with strong values, deep faith, a keen wit and a gentle nature.
Francis was born on Nov. 13, 1921, to George and Lucille Ritter in Weiner, Ark. He served in Panama during WWII as an Army Corporal. While on leave, he met Carmella (Molly) Grasso and the two were later wed on Jan. 19, 1946, in Rome, N.Y.
They had four children and were happily married for 62 years. Francis worked as an expediter for General Electric in Syracuse, N.Y., before being transferred to Illinois and hired by Harris Intertype. The couple retired in 1986 and moved to Rock Hill.
Francis is survived by his wife and family, Nick of Long Beach, Calif., Veronica (Ronnie) and husband, Craig Flansburg of Fort Mill, S.C., and Joanne and husband, Michael Welch of San Rafael, Calif. His youngest son, David, passed away in 2003. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Christi and husband Ricardo Campos of Charlotte, N.C., their two children whom he adored and by his sister, Isabel Hallmark of Jonesboro, Ark., and her family.
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A graveside memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at Crown Memorial Park, 9620 Rodney St., Pineville, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to York County Adult Day Care Services, c/o United Way, 105 Lestina Court, Fort Mill, SC, 29715 or Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas, P.O. Box 5627, Charlotte, NC 28299.