Gilbert Lloyd Ritter passed away June 1, 2012 with all his girls by his side. Gil was born Aug. 26, 1949 to Lester and Jackie Ritter in Newport, Wash. He attended Newport schools until 1968 when he joined the U.S. Army and went to fight for his country in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1970 and returned to the Newport area, and then made his home in Priest River to raise his family.
Gil chose work in the lumber industry. He worked for Louisiana Pacific for 21 years driving a log truck for them until the Priest River mill shut down; he then worked out of the Hayden, Idaho, branch driving long haul until he grew tired of being on the road.
Gil made a career change in 1993 and went to work for Tidewater Barge lines as a deck mechanic until he was forced to retire in 2011 due to his illness.
Gil touched the lives of many people, and was loved and respected by all. His smile would brighten the day like no other.
Gil was preceded in death by his father Lester Ritter, mother Renna Jackie Ritter, a brother Charles Ritter, and a nephew Timothy Ritter.
Gil leaves behind his pride and joy, daughters, Leslie Ritter-Meek and Julie (Jerod) Turner of Priest River, sister Roberta (Bob) Thompson of Green Acres, Wash., a brother Dick Ashdown of Newport, grandsons Dausen and Rees O’Brien, granddaughters, Harlee and Haylee Meek, and Raygn Turner all of Priest River, his beloved Stephanie Reynolds, her daughter Niki Parenteau, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held June 7 at 11 a.m. at the Sherman Knapp Funeral Home in Newport with interment to follow at the Newport Cemetery with Military honors, followed by a celebration of Gil’s life with a potluck at the Newport Eagles.
Donations may be made in Gil’s name to the American Legion Post 217, PO Box 272, Cusick, WA 99119
Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Priest River is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com