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Robert E. Ritter

Died: Monday, September 30, 2013
Age: 88
Robert E. “Bob” Ritter, 88, of Topeka, formerly of Junction City, died Sept. 30, 2013 at Atria Hearthstone in Topeka. Bob was born Sept. 19, 1925 on a rural Junction City farm during the dust bowl and depression , the son of Emil and Mildred Duffy Ritter.

He attended Spring Valley Rural School and graduated from Junction City High School in 1942. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp., serving in World War II, and later attended Kansas State University, earning an Engineering degree and a commission in the United States Air Force after graduating in 1952.

Employed by ExxonMobil for 33 years, Bob worked in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama as a licensed professional engineer. In 1968, Bob and family were assigned overseas, initiating offshore petroleum operations and production in Australia, North Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, and Egypt, retiring as a board member of Esso Suez.

Returning to Junction City in 1985, he was elected to the city commission and served three terms as mayor. Bob was a licensed aircraft pilot, and his principle interests were as an artist and his extensive Jazz record collection.

Bob was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ, and a former member of the Egyptian-American Chamber of Commerce.

Bob married Phyllis Vawn Caley on Jan. 25, 1952 in Junction City. She survives. Other survivors include: a son, Robert E. Ritter II, New Orleans, La., two daughters, Sue Ferguson, Topeka, and Sally Bagheri, Placentia, Calif.; a sister, Mary Thompson, Gladstone, Mo.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Fredrick Ritter.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at Zion United Church of Christ in Junction City, with Rev. Nikki Woolsey presiding. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Thursday, 9 a.m. until service time at the church.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Zion United Church of Christ, 1811 McFarland Rd, Junction City, or the Mayo Clinic Cancer Research, 200 First St., SW, Rochester, MN. 55905.

Please visit www.penwellgabeljunctioncity.com to leave a condolence for the family.

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