Copied from the original newspaper by E. Rowley, Researcher

The Goldendale Sentinel - April 24, 1986

William H. Ritzschke

"William H. Ritzschke was born in Centerville on December 7, 1886 to Frank and Minnie Andre Ritzschke. He passed away in The Dalles April 17, 1986.

Mr. Ritzschke farmed in the Centerville area until his retirement in 1958 and lived in The Dalles since 1970. He was preceded in death by his wife Anna in 1977.

He was a charter member of The Centerville Pioneer Association, and a member of the Centerville Grange for 54 years.

His hobby was gardening, and the family home was a showplace of beautiful flowers and vegetables.

He is survived by two daughters, Iris Neal of The Dalles and Margaret Jeanette Correa of Echo, Ore.; three sisters, Esther Jaekel of Goldendale, Minnie Strahl of The Dalles and Ilene Spencer of Portland; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the Knosher-Erdman Funeral Home in Goldendale, with Mr. Eldon Wiidanen officiating. Interment will be in the Centerville Cemetery."

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