July 15, 1931 - December 13, 2022
Eugene J. Rittman, 91, of Hamilton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 while at home surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Milltown, he lived in East Brunswick until moving to Hamilton in 1982. He moved to Toms River in October. Eugene was an honorably discharged US Army Veteran having served his Country during the Korean War, receiving both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was employed as a Facilities Manager with Johnson and Johnson and retired after more than 40 years of service.
Eugene (Gene) was an avid fisherman. Nothing made him happier than the times spent out on his boat, fishing and crabbing with his kids and grandkids. He was also a talented woodworker and craftsman. He had an amazing woodshop in his home where he made everything from tables and chairs to toys, pictures, and gifts, many of which he would donate to church fundraisers. Gene had a real gift for gardening. From vegetables and flowers to his immaculate lawn, Gene’s landscaping skills were to be admired. He shared his love of gardening with the church, where he and his wife worked hard for many years to keep the grounds beautiful! Most of all, Eugene loved his family, and he set an outstanding example through his faith and love for the Lord.
Predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Mary (Younger) Rittman, and his brother, Roy Rittman; he is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Eleanor (Tischhauser) Rittman, his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jim Neuman; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Diane Rittman; grandchildren, Melissa (Ian) McAnlis, Holly (Charles) Rowand, Christopher (Maddie) Neuman and Matthew Rittman; great grandchildren, Kelly, Claire and Megan McAnlis, and Caleb and Jacob Rowand; as well as other relatives and dear friends.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 from
5:00-7:00p.m. at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, 30 Yardville-Allentown Rd., Yardville.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, with Pastor Doug Hoglund, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, North Hanover Twp., NJ.
Due to flower restrictions at the veteran’s cemetery, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any veteran’s charity of the donor’s choice.
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