The funeral procession and graveside services were live streamed and are available via the Hempfield Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page.  The links to the videos are also available at the bottom of this page.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and safety concerns, a private family funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA with Rev. David A. Dobi, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating.

The service on Tuesday will be available to the public via Live Stream on this page.

Public services for a Celebration of Life Gathering will be planned when conditions improve.  Private committal prayers, a fireman's last call and military honors rendered by Greenville VFW Post #3374 will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery.

Roy H. Ritter, age 95, formerly of E. Greenville Dr., Greenville, passed away Monday afternoon, March 30, 2020 in St. Paul's Senior Living Center.

He was born in Plum Boro, PA on January 3, 1925 to Ralph S. and Mary (Huston) Ritter. Roy was a 1944 graduate of Plum Boro High School and served in the U.S. Army 8th Infantry 28th Regiment in the European Theatre from 1944-1946. He was employed for 35 years at the Bessemer & Lake Erie R.R., retiring in 1983 as a chief train dispatcher.

Roy had also been employed for 25 years as an EMT with the former Greenville Ambulance Service and from 1962-2016 he was the owner/operator of Ritter & Sons Fire Fighting Equipment Company. He was a member of First Pesebyterian Church, Greenville, where he had served as a Deacon and an Elder.

Roy was a dedicated volunteer firefighter for 72 years. He was a life member of the Albion (PA) V.F.D. and Hempfield V.F.D. Roy had served in various positions with the Hempfield Department, including serving as the Fire Chief for many years. He was a life member of the Mercer County Fire Chief's Association, the Mercer County Fire Man's Association. He also served for several years as the EMA coordinator for Hempfield and Sugar Grove Twp's.

He was a member of Greenville V.F.W. Post #3374, Greenville American Legion #140 and was a life member of Transfer Sportsman Club. Roy was dedicated to his community and had been active with the Boy Scouts and Greenville Little League. In addition, throughout the years he and his wife had taken in nine foster children. His hobbies included, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling and gardening. For many years Roy hunted with his two sons and three grandsons.

On August 18, 1946 he married the former Aldra Hacke, she survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Linda Sedler and her husband Dana of Virginia, Jeanne Schulz and her husband Alan of Girard, PA, Kathy Scobbie of Greenville and Susan Hullihen of Beaver Falls; two sons, Ralph Ritter and his wife Ouida of Pottstown, PA, and Robert Ritter and his wife Melanie of Beaver Falls; three sisters, Margaret Hergenreder of Florida, Jane Kirchartz of Florida and Jeannette Underwood of California; a brother, Ralph Ritter of Plum Boro, PA; eleven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Hazel Keirstine and son-in-law, Thomas Hullihen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hempfield V.F.D., 20 Sixth Avenue, Greenville, PA 16125.

Funeral Procession
Part 1

Funeral Procession
Part 2

Burial and Military Honors
Shenango Valley Cemetery



  1. Ron & Tanya Jackson Ron & Tanya Jackson
    April 2, 2020    

    Extending our deepest sympathy to Roy’s family, friends, and HVFD members. Many great memories of a wonderful man. We will miss you dear friend.

  2. Lee Ann Landfried Micsky Lee Ann Landfried Micsky
    April 2, 2020    

    Susan and Family,
    I am sorry for your loss. What a great Man to his family and community. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Matt and Cindy Blaschak Matt and Cindy Blaschak
    April 2, 2020    

    Aldra and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. He will be missed.

  4. Bob Gruver Bob Gruver
    April 2, 2020    

    My sincere condolences to the entire Ritter family.

  5. Terri Burleson Terri Burleson
    April 2, 2020    

    So sorry to hear about Roy. He was a good friend and a wonderful man. He will be missed. RIP Roy

  6. Gary and Robin Hughes Gary and Robin Hughes
    April 2, 2020    

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family. I have many pleasant memories of fishing with Roy and Bob, even though that was many years ago.

  7. Greg and Nancy Nickelson Greg and Nancy Nickelson
    April 3, 2020    

    So sorry to hear about Roy. We have so many wonderful memories to cherish! He will be greatly missed. Thinking of all of you at this time. Prayers to all.

  8. Pamela Taranto Dunn Pamela Taranto Dunn
    April 3, 2020    

    My condolences to the Ritter family for your loss.
    He was a very pleasant man.
    Growing up acrossed the road from the Ritters I have many memories of them
    Wonderful people.

  9. Joann Strader Joann Strader
    April 4, 2020    

    My sincere condolences to the whole Ritter family. He was a good neighbor.
    Les, Joann and Ken

  10. Sharry Glass Holdren Sharry Glass Holdren
    April 5, 2020    

    So many happy memories at the Ritter home. What a nice man and a wonderful legacy he leaves behind. God bless the entire Ritter family.

  11. Jeannette Ritter Underwood Jeannette Ritter Underwood
    April 7, 2020    

    Grieving with you altho 3,000 miles away.
    Roy’s “Little Sister”

  12. Kathy Conner Sankey Kathy Conner Sankey
    April 7, 2020    

    Prayers and condolences to you all.

  13. John and Jennifer Forbes John and Jennifer Forbes
    April 7, 2020    

    Aldra and family, we are so very sorry for your loss!! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Dave and Karen Shilling Dave and Karen Shilling
    April 7, 2020    

    Dave and I have wonderful memories of lots of years of friendship and many happy times with many laughs
    . May God give you comfort as you adjust to life after Roy’s passing. We will continue to remember all of you in our daily prayers.

  15. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 7, 2020    

    Prayers to the family. Roy I will miss your smile and laugh!

  16. Bill and Mary Jane Fay Bill and Mary Jane Fay
    April 7, 2020    

    Aldra and family…we are so sorry to learn of Roy’s passing. What a kind and gentle spirit Roy was and such a gentleman. We know he will be missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. So sorry we are unable to see you in person, but rest assured you are in our hearts and on our minds at this sad time. God bless you and keep you in his loving arms.

  17. Melissa Thompson Melissa Thompson
    April 8, 2020    

    Rest In Peace Chief. It was an honor and a privilege to work hand in hand with you. My live, thoughts and prayers to Aldra and the rest of the family.

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