Orville Ritterling

July 31, 1933 ~ December 23, 2020 (age 87)


Orville Ritterling,

On Wednesday, December 23rd, Orville Ritterling, age 87, peacefully passed away at his residence. Orville was born July 31, 1933 in Byron Nebraska to Werner and Sophia (Hoops) Ritterling. On November 27, 1957 he married Elaine Haisch. They resided in Lincoln, Nebraska while Orville completed his Master of Science in Engineering at the University of Nebraska.  In 1963, Orville began working for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, and remained as an engineer with the company for over 30 years. He and Elaine eventually retired to Florida in 2007. They spent 59 happy years together before her passing in 2017. Orville spent the last three years as a resident of The Inn at Northwood Village in Dover, Ohio.  Orv was a dedicated husband, father, brother, and friend. He was active in his church communities throughout his life. He could fix or build anything, and he spent hours working to complete various projects around his homes, with his elaborate, two-story box houses for his grandchildren being a particular favorite project. He was a Nebraska Huskers fan, and he was known for his gentle manner, his constant smile, and his kind and caring nature. Orville was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Norman and Laurence; his eldest son, Scott; and his wife, Elaine. He is survived by his brothers Marvin (Tobe) and Verland (Mary) Ritterling, son Timothy Ritterling of Toledo, his daughter and son-in-law Suzanne and Braden Kail of Waynesburg, his grandchildren Jake Kail (Morgan), Luke Kail, Ellie Kail, and Addison Kail and great granddaughter Rena Elaine Kail. Orville will also be forever remembered by numbers sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.  A video celebrating Orville’s life will be produced and available for friends and family to view in the future. Memorial donations in memory of Orville may be made to the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill 1225 Dublin Rd., Suite 125 Columbus, Ohio 43215, or Cross Eyed Missions, PO box 688, Waynesburg 44688.  Condolences may be left at

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