Rev. Dr. Paul R. Ritter
February 20, 1929 - September 11, 2013
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The Rev. Dr. Paul R. Ritter, 84, of Franconia Twp., PA, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in the Souderton Mennonite Homes.
He was the husband of Edith (Pyle) Ritter. The couple would have celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary on September 15, 2013.
Born in DuBois, PA, he was the son of the late Paul R. and Melda (Terry) Ritter. A 1946 graduate of DuBois High School, he served as a Radio Operator Third Class with the U. S. Navy aboard light cruisers from 1946 to 1948. Following his service with the Navy, he studied at Penn State University, attaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy in 1952. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity Degree in 1956 from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, and his Master of Theology Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1966. In 1976, he earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary.
Following his ordination on May 5, 1956, in Washington, DC, he served at the Columbia Presbyterian Church, Columbia, PA, from 1957-1960, the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, Liberty Corner, NJ, from 1960-1967 and the Kennett Square Presbyterian Church, Kennett Square, PA, from 1967-1977.
Pastor Ritter was a counselor/chaplain resident of the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, VA from 1977-78 until returning to pastoral ministry as an interim pastor to the Presbyterian Cooperative Parish in St. Georges, DE. From there, he was called to Frieden’s United Church of Christ, North Tonawanda, NY, where he served until 1985, when he was called to St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Perkasie, PA, where he served as Senior Pastor until his retirement in 1998. Then, he served as a part-time Stated Supply Pastor for Carversville Christian Church, Carversville, PA, until resigning in 2008. He then worked as a part-time Minister of Visitation at the Pleasantville United Church of Christ, Chalfont, PA, until retiring in August 2012.
In 2001, he was selected and profiled by the Board of Advisors of “Who’s Who in America”. Dr. Ritter has served ecumenically in numerous ways in the United Church of Christ denomination through ministerial groups and other community-based endeavors.
Surviving with his wife are three sons, Dr. Timothy M. Ritter and his wife Marie A. Amero, of Fayetteville, NC, Paul L. Newhart, of Durango, CO, and Glenn P. Newhart and his wife Stacey, of Newark, DE; a daughter, Denise L. Ritter, of Coatesville, PA; a daughter-in-law, Susan Ritter, of Voorhees, NJ; and five grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David P. Ritter, on September 10, 2013, and a brother, William Ritter.
His Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 16, 2013, at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, 110 N. Sixth Street, Perkasie, where family and friends may call from 9:00 AM until service time. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grand View Hospice, 700 Lawn Avenue, Sellersville, PA 18960, or to the Souderton Mennonite Homes Agape Fund, 207 W. Summit St., Souderton, PA 18964, or to Phoebe Richland Health Care Center, 108 S. Main St., Richlandtown, PA 18955.
Arrangements are by the Bernard Suess Funeral Home, 606 Arch Street, Perkasie, PA.