Official Obituary of

Emerson Riter

June 6, 1929 ~ August 22, 2020 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Emerson Riter Obituary

Emerson Riter

   COLUMBUS GROVE - Emerson Riter, 94 passed away on August 22, 2020 at Van Crest in Holgate Ohio. He was freed of his earthly trials to be united with his Lord and Savior.

   Emerson Riter was born in Findlay Ohio at the old homestead. He was born to Stanley Riter and Anna (Sampson) Riter on June the 6th, 1926. Emerson attended Arcadia Ohio schools

his whole 12 years. After which he joined the Army on March 6, 1945, and served his country for two years during WWII. After serving his country, he returned home to farming. He

married Evangeline Joyce Klingel on March the 31st, 1951 in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. They then resided in Fredericktown, Ohio where Emerson farmed.  

   Farming was his occupation until he was hired at General Motors in Mansfield in 1960. He retired from G.M in 1989. Emerson loved to travel anywhere his car would take him and his wife would let him go. He was a quiet but stable man. His family loved his dry sense of humor; he always had a lot of good one liners.

   Emerson was preceded in death by his father Stanley Riter and his mother, Anna (Sampson) Riter. Emerson had 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Preceded him in death were Aldine Riter, Thurman Riter, and Bernard Riter. His sister who preceded him in death was Doris (Riter) Thomas. He was also preceded in death by his grandson Jeremy Todd Riter.

   He is survived by his sister Carol (Riter) Baker who resides in Columbus, Ohio.

   He is also survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Evangeline Joyce Riter. For friends and family they were known as the E and E duo. His wife will miss him greatly and everyone else will also.

   Emerson is also survived by his son, Steven Lee (Donna Gail Paul) Riter, daughter, Lynda Kay( Riter) LeMaster, both of Defiance.

   Grandchildren are as follows, Jason Scott Tackett (Brittnay Momeyer Tackett), Justin David Tackett, (Melissa Adkins Tackett), Jeffrey Paul Riter, (Christa LaRue Riter) and Hannah Joyce Riter.

   Great-grandchildren are Riley Saige Meek, Grady Todd Meek, Joel Todd Riter, Kinley Ann Perkins, Charlotte Rae Tackett, Isla Rose Tackett, and Oakley David Tackett. 

   Dad, Grandpa, we all love you, and we will see you when we get there!!!!!!!

   Funeral services will be held at11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Columbus Grove with Rev. Geoffrey Eubank officiating.  Burial will follow in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove where military rites will be by the Columbus Grove American Legion and VFW.  Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.  Due to restrictions regarding COVID-19, masks are required when entering the funeral home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Vancrest health Care Center of Holgate.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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August 25, 2020

10:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Columbus Grove

Funeral Service
August 25, 2020

11:30 AM
Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Columbus Grove


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