Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline, with a celebration of life service immediately following. Private family burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, on Monday, April 7, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 246, Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to charities that especially touched him, The American Diabetes Association, Papa's Homeless Vets, Rock Island, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Ritt was the middle son born to Merrill E. "Doc" and Hilda V. "Mary" Trowbridge on March 2, 1929, in Moline. Raised in Geneseo, he was a proud graduate of J.D. Darnall High School. After graduation, he hitchhiked across the country before enlisting in the Army. He served with the 25th Army Military Police in occupied Japan. After serving his country, he returned home and graduated from Monmouth College.
In 1954, he married Annette Egert, who blessed him with four wonderful children.
Ritt's passionate hobby was golf. He won the Richmond Tournament six times. Ritt was too humble to brag, but he had seven holes in one during his golfing years. In 1961, he set a course record at the Geneseo Country Club with a score of 29 (6 under par).
Ritt knew how to charm and that gift made him a natural in the real estate field. He retired from Mel Foster Real Estate Company in 1984. That same year, he married Sonja Morrison Trone. He was blessed with two more offspring with their union.
Always a dog lover, Ritt was never without the companionship of his beloved dogs.
Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Sonja; daughters, Cristine (David) Nelson, Cambridge, and Karen (Tim) Shannon, Geneseo; sons, David (Frankie) Trowbridge, Geneseo, and James (Robyn) Trowbridge, Lake Ozark, Mo.; stepdaughter, Kirsten (Kevin) Kirkbride, Rock Island; stepson, Terry Trone (Brea Larson), Golden, Colo.; grandchildren, Chad Nelson, Eric Nelson, Ashley Parrish, Marisa Nelson, Jessica Trowbridge, Michael Trowbridge, Jennifer Johnston, Kathryn Farmer, Danielle Akey, Stephen Trowbridge, Hannah Trowbridge, Kayla Plutschack, Roman Trowbridge, Keely Kirkbride and Konnor Kirkbride; as well as 19 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his brothers, John and Kenny.
A special thanks to UnityPoint Visiting Nurses, Rock Island Ambulance EMTs, UnityPoint Trauma staff and Frankie Trowbridge for her loving assistance in caring for Richard.
Condolences may be left at RaffertyFunerals.com.
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