Obituary: Keith Rittgarn
May 26, 2016
Keith Rittgarn passed away peacefully at home in Gordon, Neb. on May 17, 2016.
He was born to Robert and Kathryn (Arbuckle) Rittgarn on November 24, 1946 in Lexington, Neb. He was joined over the years by younger siblings Karen, Ken, and Kevin. He attended school and graduated high school in Elwood Neb. After high school, he was drafted and spent two years as a Sea Bee in the Navy, serving in Vietnam and Virginia Beach, Va. While in Virginia he was blessed with his first son, Robert Lyn Rittgarn. After returning from Vietnam, he met his first love, Candis Jane Hardesty, by hitting her horse with his vehicle. They were married in 1975 and had a second son, Chad Curtis Rittgarn. Keith and Candy worked for the Monahan Cattle Company and lived south of Long Pine, Overton and Stapleton where Keith worked for Kenny and Ann Rogers until Candis' death. In 1997, Keith heard the call of the mountains and moved to Grand Lake, Colo. For the next five years he worked at Sombrero Stables and Winding River Resort doing trail, hay, carriage and sleigh rides. It was in Colorado where he met his second love, Diane Howell. He later moved to Tabernash, where he worked for Becky and Andy Arnold and Beaver Village before retiring. After retiring, he and Diane spent as much time as they could travel in their fifth wheel throughout the southwest U.S. Even after moving back to Nebraska to be closer to his family, Colorado remained home and he returned every chance he could get.
Keith was preceded in death by wife Candis; brother Kevin; and father Robert. Remaining to mourn his passing are his mother, Kathryn; his "lovey" Diane; sons Rob (Darla) and Chad (Sara); grandchildren Rochelle, Taylor, Zach, Charley, India, Aspen, and Curtis; siblings Karen and Ken (Gwen) and many extended family and friends.
Memorials have been established for the Gordon, Neb., Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash. The funeral service was held in Lexington, Neb., on May 21, 2016 and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at the Church of the Eternal Hills.