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Michael Rittenhouse

December 27, 1963 - January 2, 2014

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Monday, January 6, 2014 7:00 PM Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Visitation

Monday, January 6 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Michael D. “Mike” “Chicken” Rittenhouse, 50, of Urbana, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 in Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus.


He was born December 27, 1963 in Urbana and was a 1982 graduate of Urbana High School. Following high school, he served his country in the United States Army. Mike worked as a screen printer for W Productions in Urbana and was a Humane Society Volunteer. He enjoyed football, music, film and art of all kinds. Mike was known for his generosity to others and will be truly missed by all who knew him.


He is survived by his parents, Rodney and Phyllis (Branham) Rittenhouse; sisters, LaDeana L. (Alan E.) Fryling of Bellefontaine and their daughter, Elizabeth Fryling of Urbana, and Karen S. (Chadd M.) Rozmus of Lexington, SC and their sons, Brandon M. Rozmus, serving full time LDS Mission in Papeete, Tahiti and Jeramia A. Rozmus of Lexington, SC; former spouse and dear friend, Lisa Rittenhouse of Springfield; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and close friends who loved him.


Mike was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Homer & Minnie Alice Rittenhouse and maternal grandparents, Mitchell H. & Mary Lou Branham.


A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4400 Derr Rd., Springfield, OH 45503 with Bishop Bruce Jensen officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 4-7 p.m. A private graveside service will be held at Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana.


Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vernon Funeral Home, 235 Miami St., Urbana, OH 43078 to help offset funeral expenses. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Condolences

Jim Dwyer - Jan 4, 2014

I first met Mike playing basketball at Cottrell’s outdoor court in Urbana some 40 odd years ago. We, like everyone who knew him, loved him right away. He was always quick with a smile and loved to laugh. It was infectious. We lost touch after high school while he was in the military and later while he worked on cruise ships. We saw each other again years later on the softball fields of Springfield Ohio and I invited him to start playing on my teams, which he did for many years. In addition to be a great player, we just loved being around him. His Harry Cary impression always had everyone in stitches. I remember one game in particular where the umpires allowed us to play in the rain after we begged them to let us continue. It was raining cats and dogs. Mike was on 1st when someone hit a ball into the outfield. Mike rounded second and did a head first slide that he started halfway (maybe a little exaggerated) between 2nd and 3rd. He not only made it all the way to third, but halfway to the fence beyond it. It was awesome. We still talk about it, and his Harry Cary impression, to this day. Many times Mike would come to my house in those years, where we shared a lot of good times. He made those times even more special because of his love of people and sense of humor. We all loved Chicken, and will missed him terribly. May the good lord bless and keep the friends and family of Mike Rittenhouse in this time of sorrow. To Mike, I love you my brother.

Jim Dwyer - Jan 4, 2014

I first met Mike playing basketball at Cottrell’s outdoor court in Urbana some 40 odd years ago. We, like everyone who knew him, loved him right away. He was always quick with a smile and loved to laugh. It was infectious. We lost touch after high school while he was in the military and later while he worked on cruise ships. We saw each other again years later on the softball fields of Springfield Ohio and I invited him to start playing on my teams, which he did for many years. In addition to be a great player, we just loved being around him. His Harry Cary impression always had everyone in stitches. I remember one game in particular where the umpires allowed us to play in the rain after we begged them to let us continue. It was raining cats and dogs. Mike was on 1st when someone hit a ball into the outfield. Mike rounded second and did a head first slide that he started halfway (maybe a little exaggerated) between 2nd and 3rd. He not only made it all the way to third, but halfway to the fence beyond it. It was awesome. We still talk about it, and his Harry Cary impression, to this day. Many times Mike would come to my house in those years, where we shared a lot of good times. He made those times even more special because of his love of people and sense of humor. We all loved Chicken, and will missed him terribly. May the good lord bless and keep the friends and family of Mike Rittenhouse in this time of sorrow. To Mike, I love you my brother.

Jim Dwyer - Jan 4, 2014

I first met Mike playing basketball at Cottrell’s outdoor court in Urbana some 40 odd years ago. We, like everyone who knew him, loved him right away. He was always quick with a smile and loved to laugh. It was infectious. We lost touch after high school while he was in the military and later while he worked on cruise ships. We saw each other again years later on the softball fields of Springfield Ohio and I invited him to start playing on my teams, which he did for many years. In addition to be a great player, we just loved being around him. His Harry Cary impression always had everyone in stitches. I remember one game in particular where the umpires allowed us to play in the rain after we begged them to let us continue. It was raining cats and dogs. Mike was on 1st when someone hit a ball into the outfield. Mike rounded second and did a head first slide that he started halfway (maybe a little exaggerated) between 2nd and 3rd. He not only made it all the way to third, but halfway to the fence beyond it. It was awesome. We still talk about it, and his Harry Cary impression, to this day. Many times Mike would come to my house in those years, where we shared a lot of good times. He made those times even more special because of his love of people and sense of humor. We all loved Chicken, and will missed him terribly. May the good lord bless and keep the friends and family of Mike Rittenhouse in this time of sorrow. To Mike, I love you my brother.

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