Richard Ritzema

Date of Death: Nov 02, 2015
Richard Ritzema
[highlight_text]1927-2015[/highlight_text] Richard “Dick” Ritzema, 88, of Waupun, passed away Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Christian Home and Rehabilitation Center in Waupun.


[leftcolumn]Dick was born October 6, 1927 in the Netherlands the son of Freerk and Grietje Rozema Ritzema. On April 16, 1948 Dick married Edith Knott in the Netherlands. The couple moved to Fulton, IL and then to Waupun in the mid 1960’s where Dick and Wes Dykstra owned R&D Construction from which Dick retired. Dick was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun where he served as deacon and elder. He was an avid fisherman and found great joy being on the water. Dick was a real “people person” and enjoyed conversations with everyone he met.

Dick is survived by their children: Klaaske “Clara” (Ted) Mensonides of Modesto, CA, Margaret (Bill) Bergen of Waupun, Patricia “Pat” (Mark) Uttech of Watertown, Frederick “Fred” (Vicki) Ritzema of Waupun, and Martinus “Marty” (Laura) Ritzema of Modesto, CA, Loretta “Lori” (Jeff) Riel of Waupun, and Richard “Rich” (Debbi) Ritzema of Waupun; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Edith, in 2013.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives may call on the family on Thursday at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 5-7 p.m. and on Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Dick Ritzema will be held Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Jeff Brower officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.


  1. Peggy Betgen Says: November 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man & will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to all his family.

  2. Tjeert Mensinga Says: November 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Wish you all the strenght and God’s blessings with this great loss!

  3. Lori Lemmenes Says: November 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Sympathies to the whole family! So glad to have had a visit with Marty and Laura when they said good bye to Dad several weeks ago! Hugs to all of you!

  4. Garret and Marcia Jansma Says: November 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Sorry to hear that Dick passed away. When Dick was a elder at Bethel CRC he was a comfort and help to us. He was very concerned about people.

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