Ernest "Ernie" Henry Ritts Jr., 74, of Conrad, Gallatin Scales owner and Army National Guard veteran, died of natural causes Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Pondera Medical Center Extended Care in Conrad, Mont.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday at Conrad Mission Church, with burial with military honors to follow in Hillside Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, MaryAnn Ritts; sons, Brian Ritts (Connie) of Manhattan and Kevin Ritts (Junko) of Valley Center, Calif.; stepdaughters, Loretta Breding (William) of Dupuyer and Janet Prevost (Shane) of Billings; brothers, Kenny Ritts (Nancy) of Knights Ferry, Calif., and Willy Ritts (Gail) of Sonora, Calif.; sisters, Diana Rivera (Philip), Judy Vejar (Luke), and Joyce Bonnett (Chris) all of Oakdale, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Traci Ritts and his parents, Ernest and Margaret Ritts.