DOWS | James "Jim" Ray Ritter, 70, of Dows, Iowa, passed away, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, peacefully, while sleeping in his home.

A private service for family and close friends will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at the Andrews Funeral Home, 516 1st Street S.E., Belmond. Stan Watne will be officiating. A Private inurnment will be scheduled at a later date. There will be no visitation.

James Ray Ritter was born Sept. 10, 1946, to Ronald and Bessie (Boone) Ritter. He was baptized and confirmed at Vernon Lutheran Church in rural Dows. He attended Dows Schools, graduating with the Class of 1964. During his school years he was active in FFA.

Jim joined the National Guard in 1966 and spent his tenure in the United States.

Jim was united in marriage to (Romona) Jean Denger in Sept. 14, 1968, at the First Presbyterian Church in Dows, Iowa. Jim and Jean farmed in Dows for almost 50 years. He enjoyed farming and the cattle, sheep, and pigs. Jim could often be seen tooling around on his Gator and going to the shooting range. Other favorite past times included playing solitaire on the computer, watching Fox News and was always up for visiting with others. Jim also enjoyed traveling, John Wayne Movies and Top Gun, as well as listening to country music.

Jim is survived by his wife Romona "Jean" Ritter, Dows, IA; daughters Stephanie (Eric) Shields and their daughter Emma, Lamoni, IA; and Sarah Ritter, Fort Dodge, IA; brothers Robert (Judy) Ritter, Dows, IA, and Doug (Pam) Ritter, Webster City, IA; and a sister Cindy (Jim) Schaeffer, Clarions, IA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ronald and Bessie (Boone) Ritter.

Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial or card in Jim's memory may wish to consider the America Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, or to the family at: 2762 Dows Williams Road, Dows, IA.

Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, IA 641-444-4474.

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