Fred R. Ritschard Jr.

Born: Tue., Oct. 23, 1928
Died: Thu., May 31, 2018

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Tue., Jun. 05, 2018
Location: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

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 Fred R. Ritschard Jr., 89, of South Bend, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018 in his residence. He was born October 23, 1928 in South Bend, to the late Fred Ritschard Sr. and Remedios Ojanguren. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Donald Ritschard on January 15, 2009. Fred graduated from South Bend Central High School, and served in the Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. During his life time he was associated with Fred Ritschard & Sons and later with Ritschard Bros. Inc. Excavating & Demolitions Company. He retired from there on December 31, 1993.
On October 14, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Hunt, who passed away April 14, 2003.
He is survived by three children, Linda Ritschard, Fred Ritschard lll (Julie), and Randy Ritschard (Diane), granddaughters, Bridget Murray and Lauren Ritschard (Sarah), grandsons, Brandon Ritschard and Jordan Ritschard, great-granddaughter, Brianna Murray, great-grandson, Roemello Murray, great-great grandson, Roemello Murray Jr., Fred’s brother, Carmelo Ritschard, and sister, Delores “Dolly” Fischer, cousin, Juliet McDowell, several nieces and nephews, and Fred’s fiance and loving caregiver, Mary Ziebell.
Fred’s hobbies were playing the accordion, horseback riding, traveling, and jitterbug dancing to “Rock around the Clock”, “Hound Dog”, “Kansas City”, and many more.
Since 2008, Fred, Mary Ziebell, Pam Geirnaert, Sherry Kurzhal, Larry Corpe, and Dick Houston have been operating the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Per Fed’s wishes, there will be no visitation, but all are invited to the graveside funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5th, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, with Military Honor’s to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN., 46545. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Fred's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

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Dale Kaley
   Posted Sun June 03, 2018
My most sincere condolences to the family. Fred was a dear friend and one of my best buddies. He will be missed greatly. My prayers are with you all.

Kathy & Jim Nova
   Posted Mon June 04, 2018
Linda, Fred, & Randy
Sending hugs and prayers to all of you at this sad time. He was a great dad and will be missed. You have many wonderful memories to cherish. Our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Kathy & Jim

Patricia Glon Stump
   Posted Tue June 05, 2018
So sorry to read about your Dad! Hang on to the good memories! My best to all three of you!

Bruce Waggoner
   Posted Thu June 07, 2018
Bernard and Shirley Waggoner of South Bend wish to send their condolences to Fred's family. My dad, Bernie, worked with Fred for many years at Ritschard Brothers as an operator.