EDWARD "ED" WILLIAM RITOLA
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.
Please sign Ed's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits