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Obituary: Arthur Joseph Ritter

Arthur Joseph Ritter 1933 ~ 2005 Arthur Joseph Ritter, born August 1,1933 in Dayton, OH to Max Edward and Vera Elizabeth Ritter passed away on September 14, 2005 in AZ. His first love, flying, led him to a career in the Air Force, from which he retired in 1973. He fulfilled his second life ambition by attaining his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah Law School in 1976. He was able to combine his passion for flying and his zest for law by later teaching aviation and law at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. Upon his retirement in 2001, he headed to Arizona to hone his golfing skills. Though life dealt him many medical challenges, he never gave up and lived his life to the fullest whenever possible. Art is survived by his wife and soul mate of 28 years, Colleen; His children Stephanie Tanner, Howard "Chip" D. (Hally) Ritter, Cynthia (Edward) Uhl, R. Patrick Ritter, Christine (Ralph Symes) Hansen, and Heather (D.J.) Woods; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; special cousins Middie, Betsy and Georgia; numerous nieces and nephews; and his former wife Jane Gramlich. His sister Jean preceded him in death. A visitation will be held on Sunday September 18, 2005 from 4-6 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State St. Murray, Utah. Funeral Services will be held on Monday September 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. with a visitation one-hour prior at the Mortuary. Interment will follow at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Meldrum Mortuary in Mesa, AZ and Jenkins-Soffe in Murray, UT handled the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Art's memory to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014 or at www.hospiceofthevalley.org, who made his final transition a peaceful one.