May 27, 1946 – Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo
May 16, 2011
Gary Clarence Ritari, age 64, of rural Buffalo, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
He was born on May 27, 1946, in Wadena, Minnesota.
Gary and Elizabeth Kent were joined in holy matrimony. God blessed their marriage with three children.
Gary was a decorated Vietnam veteran serving in the United States Navy 1964-1968 as a Marksman supporting ground operations and a military policeman. From 1969 to 1996, Gary worked as a Police Officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, retiring as a decorated veteran with 27 years of Police Service. He spent the rest of his career in public service to the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the State of Minnesota. At the time of his death, Gary was the Manager of Intellectual Properties for the State of Minnesota. He dedicated his life to public service.
Gary enjoyed his farm and working the land. His cows and his tractors gave him hours of enjoyment. Most of all, he got great joy from his eleven grandchildren, who provided him endless entertainment. He generously shared the stories of interaction and love for them all.
Survived by his loving wife: Elizabeth “Betty”; a son: John (Jeni Becker); daughters: Tammy Steil (Peter) and Jennifer Cameron (Douglas); brothers: Douglas, Daniel (Jeanne) and Richard; sisters: Judy Boyd (Dennis), Sharon Mason (Ron) and Alice Hanson (K.C.); eleven grandchildren: Jeffrey and Matthew Steil, Megan, Michael, Janell, Nicholas, Christopher, and Alexander Ritari, Jack, Gary, and Joseph Cameron; many loving nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Gertrude Ritari and in-laws Jack and Velma Kent.
Funeral services for Gary Ritari will be held on Monday, May 16th at 10:00 A.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Police Chaplain Jeff Stewart will officiate.
Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Monday May 16th at 1:00 pm Assembly Area #3.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 15th from 3-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held on Monday one hour prior to services.
Honorary Casket Bearers will be Steve Kulzer and Bill McNamara.
Casket Bearers will be grandsons: Jeff Steil, Matt Steil, Jack Cameron, Michael Ritari; brothers: Douglas Ritari, Daniel Ritari and Richard Ritari and friend: Maurice Melchert.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for The Minneapolis Police Honor Guard.
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo is proud to have served the family.