Hu Duane Ritter, 80, of Moatsville, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at his home, following an extended illness.
He was born June 30, 1932, at Moatsville, a son of the late Fredrick Paul and Pansy Pearl Nestor Ritter.
On Dec. 20, 1950, he married the former Beatrice Gertrude Boner, who preceded him in death Nov. 5, 2012.
Surviving are four daughters, Donna Snider and companion, P.J. of Fairmont, Deborah Hobaugh and husband, Randy, of Erwin, Pa., Barbara Collins and Betty Ritter, both of Moatsville; three sons, Freddie Ritter and wife, Miranda, and Jeff Ritter and wife, Rhonda, all of Moatsville, Brian Ritter and wife, Robin, of Glenville; four brothers, Eugene Ritter and David Ritter, both of La Plata, Md., Don Ritter of Belington and Michael Ritter of Parsons; and 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Ritter.
Mr. Ritter was a retired equipment operator and foreman at Century Limestone and was a former employee of Elkins Limestone. He was an avid hunter and a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed playing string music, especially the guitar and mandolin. He particularly enjoyed working on automobiles and general "tinkering." He was a member of Moatsville Free Gospel Church.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, from Moatsville Free Gospel Church. The Rev. James E. Johnson will officiate, and interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at Stemple & Forman Funeral Home, 385 S. Main St. in Philippi from 4 until 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 until 11 a.m. Friday, when Mr. Ritter will be moved to Moatsville Free Gospel Church where friends may call from noon until 1 p.m., the funeral hour.
Stemple & Forman Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.