R.J. "Tex" Ritter on August 22, 2013, passed away holding the hand of his loving wife of 56 yrs, Alice Mae Aupied Ritter, and his three devoted children, Nadine M. Ritter, R.J. Ritter, Jr., and B.J. Ritter, after only a few days' illness. Friends, family and colleagues mourn his sudden loss.
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He led a very active professional life, first in the Navy then Coast Guard. He was in the first underwater nuclear test, Operation WigWam. He then became a marine engineer, working for decades with firms like Ingersoll-Rand, Grasso, and Sullair. Most recently, he was an advocate for atomic veterans' health with the National Association of Atomic Veterans (NAAV), ultimately becoming National Commander, a position he held until his death. He produced the documentary "One-Thousand Suns" on the history, with declassified images, of global atomic bomb testing. He became the Atomic Veterans' representative on the Veterans' Advisory Board on (Radiation) Dose Reconstruction chartered by Congress. As hallmark of his tireless engagements, he was a guest in the White House with President George W. Bush for a wreath-laying ceremony on Veteran's Day, 2005. He was a legendary local member of the American Legion, VFW, and Loyal Order of Moose. His children and grandchildren, by nature and by nurture, have inherited a great legacy by his example. The family respectfully requests that donations be made in honor of R. J. Ritter, Sr. to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org). Condolences can be made on his online Guest Book at forestparkeast-fhc.com.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm with the service starting at 2:30pm at Forest Park East Funeral Home.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 29, 2013