John R. “Dick” Rittenberry November 1, 1930 – February 11, 2017

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Dick Rittenberry was born on November 1, 1930, in Duncanville, Texas, where he lived almost his entire life.

He graduated from Duncanville High School in 1948. After graduation, he worked briefly for the FBI in Washington, D.C., and then served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Hood, after which he returned to Duncanville and married the only love of his life, Mary Jane McVey, at Wheatland Methodist Church. They were married for 58 years and had three children, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Of utmost importance in his life was Dick’s faith in God and love for his family. He was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church of Duncanville. He taught Sunday School for numerous years and served in many other service and leadership positions. He was a faithful and devoted servant of God and loved his church. He taught not only by word, but also by example, whether at church, work or at home.

Dick and Janie worked side by side in their florist shop for several years. Dick also worked many years in the banking/savings and loan industry, after which he established a third career in the funeral industry that lasted almost 25 years. His calling was to help other people, especially during their times of grief, and he continued to work on a part-time basis until just a few months ago.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife Janie Rittenberry and granddaughter Taylor Rittenberry Tanner.

He is survived by daughter Karen Rittenberry, son Scott Rittenberry, and son and daughter-in-law Norman and Nancy Rittenberry; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Keera and Tim Ketterman, Kelsey and Gustavo Salcedo, and Eve and Brian Terrell; grandsons John Rittenberry and companion, Catherine DeVore, Stone Rittenberry, and grandson-in-law Paul Tanner; and great-grandchildren Gage, Madi, Megan, Macie and Griff Terrell, Shelby Tanner, and Simon Salcedo; his brother and sister-in-law Bill and Dorothy Rittenberry; and by many other cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends which number too many to list by name.

Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, February 14, from 6-8 p.m. at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville.

Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church Duncanville at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15.

Interment will be at Little Bethel Memorial Park immediately after the service.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of First United Methodist Church of Duncanville, Texas, 403 S. Main, Duncanville, TX 75116, or to the charity of your choice.