Austin Ritter of Clallam Bay left a hole in the hearts of everyone who knew him when he tragically passed away on July 23, 2013. He used his 18 years in this world to leave his mark on every person he met in the form of a smile, a genuine laugh and his characteristic willingness to put others before himself.
He will be greatly missed by all. Although he is gone, he will always be loved and forever in the hearts of all who were lucky enough to know him.
Austin was born on April 1, 1995, to Jennifer Ritter.
He graduated just a few short months ago from Clallam Bay High School.
Austin was always willing to share the best parts of himself and loved to watch over the younger kids in his life as if they were his own family. He also loved spending time outdoors, playing football and basketball every chance he had.
Austin leaves behind his uncle Calvin Ritter and Jessica Hansen of Clallam Bay; mother Jennifer Ritter of Hayden, Idaho; grandparents Calvin Ritter of Clallam Bay and Connie Hoover of Hayden; great-grandmother Connie Ritter; uncle Andy (Kandy) Ritter of Clallam Bay; sister Kendall Ritter; and cousins Calvin Ritter, Chelsey Ritter and Frank, Brooklyn and Noki Hansen.
Austin also leaves behind his "bros," Kevin, Jeremy, Joey, Drew, Tyan and Kai, as well as his "sis," Court, all of Clallam Bay.
His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of everyone who knew him. And while we grapple with the pain of our loss, we are comforted to know that his spirit is always with us.
A graveside service will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Odd Fellows Memorial Park, 3802 Cleveland Avenue Southeast, Tumwater, Washington.
A reception will follow at 4325 Black Lake Belmore Road Southwest, Olympia, Washington.
There will also be a memorial at the Clallam Bay High School gym, 16933 state Highway 112, on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 3 p.m.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 26, 2013