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Dr. Gerald William Ritter

August 8, 2020

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Dr. Gerald W. Ritter, age 75, of French Lick, Indiana, entered into eternal rest on August 8th, 2020 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, after a short illness.

He was born in French Lick, Indiana on February 7th, 1945 to Gerald and Loraine “Dixon” Ritter.

Gerald married Susie Owen and she survives.

He was proceeded in death by his parents.

Gerald was a 1963 graduate of Springs Valley High School, attended Hanover College, and earned a Master of Science and his PhD at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

He was a professor of Psychology at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi until he retired Professor Emeritus in 2007 to move back to French Lick.

He served on the board of the French Lick West Baden Museum, The Melton Public Library, and the Springs Valley Education Foundation.  

Dr. Ritter is the author of the book “Letters to Margaret – the Correspondence of Dr. John A. Ritter from the 49th Indiana Regiment in the Civil War”, and was an avid history and civil war buff.
His family heritage in the Valley included his great grandfather’s funeral parlor and dry goods store and the Ritter Furniture store and funeral home at the corner of College and Maple Streets in the building that bears the Ritter name.

Gerald is survived by:
Wife Susie Owen Ritter French Lick, Indiana

Also, Cousins, golfing buddies and lifelong friends from the Valley.

Cremation was chosen and a private graveside service will be held at a later date at Ames Chapel Cemetery in the Ritter family plot.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Friends of the Library, c/o Melton Public Library, 8496 W. College Street, French Lick, IN 47432 or the French Lick West Baden Museum, 469 S. Maple Street, #103, French Lick, IN 47432.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, French Lick, Indiana. 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – 

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Private Committal

Ames Chapel Cemetery
5368 West US Highway 150
Paoli, Indiana 47454

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