William Peter Ritzheimer (07/13/1937 - 01/28/2011)

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William Peter
"Pete" (Age 73)

William Peter "PETE" Ritzheimer passed away at his home in Bayview Friday, January 28, 2011. He was born in Coeur d'Alene to Fred and Elinore (Halvorsen) Ritzheimer July 13, 1937. Through his school years Pete was noted for his participation in all sports, especially baseball. As an adult, he spent a number of years playing Fast Pitch and Modified Fast Pitch, as a catcher for local teams. At an extremely early age his father taught him the love of hunting and fishing which he continued as long as his health allowed.

Pete served two years as a cook in the U. S. Army, while stationed in Korea. Pete had a variety of jobs over the years but was most noted for working at Coca-Cola, LaVoie Distributing and finally the Washington-Idaho Laborer's Union. Pete's greatest joy was his family. He loved the stories of his great-grandfather arriving at Fort Coeur d'Alene, with the Army, and how the family settled in Coeur d'Alene.

He is survived by his wife Marsha, at the home; his sons Fred Ritzheimer (Tammy) of Hayden and Peter Paul Ritzheimer (Renee) of Post Falls; daughter, Kimberly Ritzheimer of Aurora, Colorado; three stepsons: Ladd Serwat (Rita), David Serwat (Angie) of Rathdrum and Allen Serwat (Cari) of Ketchikan, Alaska. Pete has eleven grand-children: Amber (Ritzheimer) Billingsley of Athol, Samantha (Ritzheimer) Williams (Brandon) of Post Falls, Katy Ritzheimer of Cheney, Washington, Kayla (Serwat) Eide (Tim) of Ketchikan, Richard Serwat of Anchorage, Alaska, Ladd Serwat (Carley) and Lindsey Ritzheimer of Coeur d'Alene, Lacey Serwat, Michael Serwat; two step-grandsons Jesse Coe and Stephen Coe, all of Rathdrum; his two great-granddaughters are Madilyn Billingsley of Bayview, Brooklyn Williams of Post Falls; and his sister, Carol Ritzheimer of Portland, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his son Michael Ritzheimer in 1986.

There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kootenai Humane Society, 11600 North Ramsey Road, Hayden Idaho, 83835. Please visit Pete's online memorial and sign his guest book at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com. YATES FUNERAL HOME, COEUR D'ALENE, ID.

Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2011
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