Ritzo, Eugene, Lt. Col. USA (Retired)
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Dec. 9, 1919 - Nov. 24, 2013
Eugene (Gene) Ritzo, age 93, who served God, family and country with honor, passed peacefully at his home in Venice, FL.
Gene was born in Newburyport, MA to Edith Davis (Ritzo) Spaulding and Eugene Ritzo. He was raised in Exeter, NH. Following graduation from Exeter High School, he entered military service with the NH Army National Guard and served in WWII in the Southwest Pacific. He entered the Korean War in 1950 as a 2nd Lt. and member of the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He fought in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir and authored a book, "Danger Forward: Korea, The Forgotten War Remembered". Gene was awarded numerous decorations and medals including a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He retired as a Lt. Col. in 1966 as chief of training for the New England U.S. Army Reserve. After retiring from the Army, Gene received his degree from Northeastern University and worked as a civil engineer for RCA Corp. and Textron Industries in MA and throughout the Philippines.
Gene was a member of the NH Legislature (1987-1993), a founding father of the NH State Veterans' Cemetery in Boscowan, NH, a Boy Scout Leader, an usher for 25 years at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Rye, NH, a member of the NH Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Military Officers' Association of America (MOAA), the VFW and American Legion Post 159.
Gene is predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Mary Griffin Ritzo of Portsmouth, NH. He is survived by his wife, Donna Peaker Ritzo of Venice, FL and S. Bristol, ME, his brother Richard Spaulding and wife, Jean of Exeter, NH, his six children: Julia Ritzo of Warner Springs, CA, James Ritzo and wife, Carol of Portsmouth, NH, John Ritzo and wife, Patricia (Patty) of Falmouth, ME, Jean Briggs Badger and husband, Michael, of Rye, NH, Janet Foss DeLuca and husband, Michael, of Holden, MA, Joseph Ritzo and wife, Tracy, of Rye, NH, stepson, Todd Erickson and wife, Lisa of S. Portland, ME, stepdaughter, Julie Erickson, of S. Bristol, ME, nineteen grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren.
Memorial Day was significant to Gene. He advocated for the NH Bill designating the last Monday in May as the day to honor fallen veterans. He was honored as Grand Marshall for the Memorial Day parade in Portsmouth, NH. A date for memorial mass at St. Theresa's Church in Rye, NH is to be announced. His interment with full military honors is on Memorial Day, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the NH Veterans' Cemetery in Boscowan, NH. Contributions may be made in his name to the scholarship fund of your choice.
Gene fought the good fight and is at peace with battles won. He now shares eternity with those who have gone before and is in the company of heroes.
Published in Herald Tribune from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013