August 18, 1942 - May 13, 2022
Richard H. Rittenhouse, 79, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 13, 2022 at home surrounded by the love of his devoted wife, and loving daughter and son-in-law.
Born and raised in Trenton, he was a longtime area resident until moving to Vero Beach Florida in 2014. Richard worked for many years for the Cooper-Jarrett Trucking Company and went on to retire from Hill Refrigeration. He was a proud, honorably discharged Navy Veteran having served on the USS Amphion (AR-13). He also served with the Coast Guard Reserves.
Fixing cars in his Uncle Mike’s garage, racing cars with his best friend Chuck, and fishing out on the boat with his fishing buddy Don, he also enjoyed bowling and was on many leagues throughout his life. He was a huge NASCAR fan and
Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was his hero.
Richard had a great sense of humor and was huge jokester and was always flirting with the ladies and teasing those he loved. He was a devoted son who moved into his mother’s home and took care of her until her death. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and adored his canine companions, Josie, Snickers and Miracle.
Predeceased by his parents, Herman R. “Dick” Rittenhouse and Mary Grace Kovacs Rittenhouse, his longtime companion, Kathryn Krakowski; he is survived by his loving wife, Deborah (Carlucci) Rittenhouse; his adoring daughter Jennifer O’Donnell and her husband Joseph; Jennifer’s mother, Diane Rittenhouse; grandchildren, Heidi Steinemann (Dean) Poolos, Richard (Kyleigh) Rossi, Nicholas Rossi, Danielle Rossi and Ryan O’Donnell; 2 great-grandchildren, Cole Michael Rossi and Addilyn Mae Rossi; he shared a strong bond with his Kovacs cousins who were more like siblings to him; as well as other relatives and dear friends.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home 30 Yardville-Allentown Road, Yardville.
A celebration of life will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Ste. 840, Washington, DC 20036. https://nchv.org
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