George J. Rittal, age 92, of Fallon passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Prairie Community Nursing Home in Terry.
George was born in Tolstoy, South Dakota on March 8, 1919 to Christian and Christina (Baer) Rittal. He spent his growing up years in Circle, MT. In 1938 he met and married the love of his life, Katie Kaul. At the time of their marriage he was working on the Fort Peck Dam. Their daughter Ann was born in McCone City, MT during this time. He worked various jobs during their years together which included construction and a stint on the oil rigs in the Baker Country. He served in the US Army during WWII, receiving an honorable discharge. They built their home in Fallon in 1941. It was during this time that three boys were born, Jerroll, Dean and Tim. In 1961 George went to work for Buffalo Rapids Irrigation Project in Terry, retiring in 1991. George was well known as the person in Fallon to call when something needed to be repaired. He enjoyed helping people.
He was an active member of Fallon Evangelical Church since 1940 and held various positions throughout this time, including that of Evangelical Youth Leader. He was very dedicated to working at the church. He loved the Lord and if the church doors were open, he was there. In his younger years he coached the Babe Ruth Baseball Team. He was active in Fallon PTA, Fallon Park Board, Fallon Sewer Board and the Garbage Board. George enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He and Katie were staunch Terry Football Team Supporters.
George was preceded in death by his wife Katie in 2009, having shared 70 years together; his brothers, Jacob, Samuel, Edwin, and Ray; his sisters Minnie Wagner, Elsie Gaub, Eva Hertl, Ruth Montgomery and Hulda Young. He is survived by their daughter Ann, sons Jerroll (Barb), Dean (Louise) and Tim (Deanna), nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Church of Fallon. Interment will follow in the family lot of the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Evangelical Church of Fallon, the Prairie Community Hospital Foundation or to the charity of one’s choice.
Published April 13, 2011