In Memory of

Verl E. 'Whirly-Bird' Ritter

September 25, 1929 - November 29, 2010
Verl Edward Ritter, 81, of Cherokee, Iowa passed away on November 29, 2010. As he wished, his body was cremated under the direction of the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Verl was born on September 25, 1929 in Washta, Iowa to Fred and Maudie (Orten) Ritter. He began his education in Washta and continued it in Cherokee when the family moved there when he was in junior high school. He attended Wilson High School in Cherokee with the class of 1947. He served with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. On December 27, 1968, he married Twyla (DeBoom) Maddox of Cherokee and was a loving father to her children. He had worked as a truck driver and in construction, spending much of his life working for Christensen Bros. Inc. of Cherokee, retiring as a crane operator in December, 1994. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially camping and canoeing on the Little Sioux River. He spent a lot of time with his faithful dog Shadow, who preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife Twyla; of Cherokee; a step-daughter Julie (Maddox) Wright and her husband Michael, of Jackson, Mississippi; step-sons, Hal Maddox and Eric Maddox, both of Cherokee; two sisters, Lois Smith of Aurelia, Iowa and Deve Killian of Cherokee; a brother, Evan Ritter and his wife Darlavine of Plano, Texas; a sister-in-law, Carol Ritter and her husband Charles Studler of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Leota Hohlier, and one brother Jerry Ritter.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Rev. Magrey deVega
Due to the weather funeral services have been rescheduled for Monday, December 13, 2010, at Greenwood funeral home.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for the loss in your Family”
- David and Nancy Nielsen
Friday, December 10, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Liz Crabtree
Friday, December 3, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Twyla -

You are surely in our thoughts!!”
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Twyla: My sincere sympathies for your loss. ”
- Sylvia Nikles
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:00 AM
Saw the notice for Verl's passing, and just wanted to extend my condolences. I think he would be one of those sliding into heaven's gates saying 'Wow, what a ride!'”
- Karla Smith
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“You were my 'Poppy' my entire life, what ever I needed in any grade at school you were there for me, and in everyday life.
I have a void that will never ever be filled.
I miss you 'Poppy' so much.
Love you
Reg'ee (Gina)”
- Reg'ee Harris
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Twila my heart and prayers go to you nd your family. You took such good care of him, and he loved you so much. He and Bud were best friends even before they were of age. Now they will be seeing each other in heaven again. Verl was so caring and always helped others when he was able to. God bless you, peace and rest”
- Rachel R Cacek
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