He was born Sept. 5, 1919, in Tremont to George William and Elsie Mae (Staker) Ritthaler. He married Patricia A. Workman on Sept. 20, 1947, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 2008.
He also was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Surviving are two daughters, Judy (Mike) Volle of Morton and Jan (Lee) Powers of Pekin; one son, Jim (Kathy) Ritthaler of Morton; six grandchildren, Jill Bachman, Greg Volle, Ryan Powers, Sam Ritthaler, Katie (Justin) Herman and Joe Ritthaler; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor Bachman and Crosby Herman.
Dale graduated from Tremont High School in 1937 and later served in the United States Army during World War II as a combat medic with the 5th Infantry Division in Europe. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for action in France. After the Army, Dale attended Bradley University and graduated in 1949.
Dale worked for the First National Bank of Morton (now PNC Bank), retiring as executive vice president in 1983. He remained on their Board of Directors until 1988. He was a member of Morton United Methodist Church and VFW Post 5921 in Morton, where he served as past commander. He was the last surviving charter member of the Morton Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Dale served many years on the Morton Zoning Board of Appeals and as township auditor. He also was a volunteer for the Mennonite Relief Sale for more than 50 years.
Dale was an avid hunter, trapshooter and fisherman and received numerous awards for his trapshooting skills. In 2012, he was named the Morton Pumpkin Festival Parade Marshal. He also enjoyed St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Morton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gary Motta officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at the Groveland Mennonite Church Cemetery, where full military rites will be conducted.
Memorials may be made to the Morton United Methodist Church Building Fund or VFW Post 5921 in Morton.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.
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