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Donald J. "Don" Ritter, age 77 of Grey Eagle, died Thursday, January 20, 2011 at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, January 24, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Ronald Dockendorf officiating. Interment will be in St. Bernard's cemetery in Ward Springs.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church in Grey Eagle. Parish prayers will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the church.

Donald Jerome Ritter was born August 16, 1933 in Ward Springs, Minnesota to Peter and Laura (Knoll) Ritter. He was united in marriage to Doraine Douvier on October 23, 1954 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Melrose. Don worked for Frigidaire in St. Cloud for over 30 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Don enjoyed the peace and tranquility that the outdoors provided while cutting wood.

Survivors include his wife, Doraine Ritter of Grey Eagle; sons, Lonnie (Nancy) Ritter of Grey Eagle and Mike Ritter of Grey Eagle; 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary (George) Dumas of Blaine, Josephine Huhne of Mounds View, and Monica (Warren) Schrier of Apache Wells, Arizona.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Pamela Smith; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Ritter; brothers, Duane Ritter, Harvey Ritter, and DelRoy Ritter; and sister, Rena Beach.

Serving as casket bearers will be Tim Ritter, Travis Ritter, Tyler Ritter, Josh Ritter, Andy Ritter, and Cody Ritter. Cross bearer will be Chris Ritter and scripture bearer will be Tiffany Ritter.