David K Ritter
MAY 29, 1945 – MAY 18, 2019
David K. Ritter May 29, 1945-May 18, 2019
It is with great sadness that the Ritter family announces the passing of David K. Ritter, 73, on May 18,
2019, in Palmetto, Florida. He was married to the love of his life, Rhonda Wical Ritter on September
15, 1978, who survives him. She will miss him dearly.
Dave was a second generation harness horseman born in Piqua, Ohio, and the son of Admiral and
Gladys Ritter, brother to Ed and Dewey Ritter who all preceded him in death. A brother Ralph Ritter,
and sons Brian Ritter, Mike Wilder, and David Wilder survive as well as many grandchildren and great
Dave raced horses for over 25 years at Ohio Racetracks and Fair Circuits. Some of his most notable
horses were Rusty Night, Lusty Time, Super Crab, and Fleet Countess. Dave trained his stable at the
Shelby County Fairgrounds, in Sidney, Ohio.
Dave retired from racing in 1996, but stayed involved through his son, driver Mike Wilder. Dave loved
the racing dearly and watched daily.
Dave enjoyed spending time in the summer with all of his sons and spent several weeks in Ohio yearly.
Brian and Dave spent quality time landscaping and remodeling. He made it a point to watch David
shoot on Tuesday's at the Sportsman's Club.
Dave was the President of Terra Ceia Manor HOA for nine years. He was dearly loved by all of the
residents and the wonderful friends that he had made there.
Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital at
www.stjude.org or mail to:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105