Edward William "Ed" Ritola
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April 19, 1944 ~ August 26, 2015

Edward "Ed" William Ritola, 71, was born on April 19, 1944 to Charles and Sophie (Niska) Ritola in Jamestown, ND and passed away on August 26, 2015 at home in La Center, WA surrounded by his family.
Ed worked as a sawmill design engineer and was known for his quiet nature. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, fishing and gardening. He was a lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church.
Ed is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary (Hallstrom) Ritola, at home in La Center, WA; three sons, Daniel with Bonnie (Broderson) Ritola of Toledo, WA, Steven with Nicole (Feuerhelm) Ritola and Ward with Sheila (Halme) Ritola of La Center, WA; seven daughters, Michelle Ritola of Kelso, WA, Melissa with Jean Kysar of Woodland, WA, Wendy Homola of Vancouver, WA, Annette Ritola of Kalama, WA, Carmen with Jacob Paso of Kalama, WA, Carol with Duane Sarkinen of Battle Ground, WA, and Jeane with Dale Lindberg of Kalispell, MT; two brothers, David with Lorraine Ritola of Brush Prairie, WA, and Irvin Ritola with late wife, Ethel of Yacolt, WA; one sister, Rosemary with Les Hallstrom of Brush Prairie, WA, and sister-in-law, Lola (Jack) Massie of Battle Ground, WA. He was blessed with 40 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Sophie Ritola; his brother, Paul Ritola; and his grandson, Sammie Ritola.
Services will be held at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 16603 NE 142nd Avenue, Brush Prairie, WA at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, with viewing at the church on Monday, August 31, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Burial will be at Elim Cemetery, Brush Prairie, WA.

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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 30, 2015.
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September 4, 2015
Mary and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Toni and I were out of town and didn't return until after the services.

Ed was a terrific family man, an exceptionally good person, and very talented. I used to enjoy immensely when you and he would visit us when he came to the Spokane, Coeur d'Alene area.

I feel honored yet that he was my Little Brother in our fraternity.

Lynn Manus
August 31, 2015
With much respect from a TEKE fraternity brother for his life and family. May God's peace be with all!
Richard Kunter
August 31, 2015
God's Peaace Mary and your children and extended family. I am sorry to hear of Ed's passing but joyful for him reaching his reward, with no more pain or suffering. Salutations from us here in Chatham, MI.
Karen Deel
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