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“Wish I could have come to funeral, but school just started. My thoughts and prayers to the whole Ritter family! Till we meet again!!! ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Patsy (Johnson) Thompson - MN

“Lee was just a joy to spend time with. There was always a twinkle in his eye and a good story to hear. What a green thumb! I know that he was loved...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Marion Bergemann - Albert Lea, MN

“My deepest condolences to the family of Lee . Lee was a really awesome person and was special to many . he will be missed by many . ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: roxann hughes - elmore, MN

“Thoughts and prayers to all you all. I bet he had an amazing birthday with the angels :) ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Barb Ziegler - Winnebago, MN

“We will miss you Uncle Lee...I too always looked forward to spending the night at the farm when our family came to visit....many memorable times. ...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Susan Maine Foust - Navarre, FL

“We all loved Uncle Lee dearly. So many fond memories of he & Aunt Morna and the farm. As a child, I misunderstood his nickname and thought it was ...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Janet & Stan Newsom - Tallahassee, FL

“Dear Mike, Deb and family, We are thinking of you these tough days and saying prayers for you. I met your dad at Parker Oaks for the first time a...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Sue Stauffer - Winnebago, MN

“So sorry for your loss... He always had a smile, and was whistling a tune! ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Bonnie and Ryan Quade - Kennesaw, GA

“So many wonderful memories of Uncle Lee. We couldn't wait to get to MN every summer and getting out to the farm was first on our list. He and Aunt...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Sweatman - Kingwood, TX

“Second time I have put something here. We will miss my favorite Uncle. He hired me at the viner, saved me when Uncle Ole fired me,(as he did my...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Tom Maine - Bloomington, MN

“It was wonderful seeing him just a few days ago. Although he couldn't quite put names to faces he said "I know you belong to me". We talked,...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Maine Doig - Gulf Breeze, FL


Lee D. "Port" Ritter, age 99 years and 364 days, of Winnebago, died Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Parker Oaks in Winnebago. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 11:00 AM, at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth, with Rev. Penny Jane Ritter officiating. Burial will be in Basey Cemetery, Winnebago. Visitation time will be one hour prior to services at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th Street in Blue Earth. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com Memorial donations are preferred to the Basey Cemetery or United Hands Hospice. Lee was born September 9, 1912, on the family farm in Winnebago, the son of Henry and Louise (Nagel) Ritter. He was married to Morna I. Maine on October 4, 1933 in Amboy. Port farmed for many years in the Basey area and had driven bus for the Huntley School District. He worked seasonally for Stokely Van Camp Co. for many years and was a Trojan Seed Corn Dealer. He was a lifetime member of Basey Methodist Church and the Jim Beam Bottle Club. Port loved hunting and fishing and exotic animals such as his many birds and peacocks and Barney, his bull buffalo. Family was very important to him and he especially loved being with his grandchildren and other family and friends. Lee D. "Port" Ritter is survived by his daughter, Pat (Ralph) Messer of Granada, his son, Jack (Peach) Ritter of Amboy, his daughter, Pam (Buzz) Hanson of Blue Earth, his daughter, Deb (Mike) Butler of Winnebago , his sister, Marge Poole of Winnebago, fifteen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parent, wife, Morna in 2000, sons, Dickie in 1937 and Gary "Punk" Ritter in 2002, daughter, Ramona Alcott in 2004, three sisters and two brothers.