Harold L. “Corky” Ritter, 91, of Watseka passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on November 5, 1930 in Watseka, the son of Harold A. and Ester (Haines) Ritter. He married Barbara E. Elson in Kentland, IN on November 18, 1950 and she preceded him in passing on November 7, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kenny Ritter.
He is survived by one daughter, Judy Cartelli of Watseka; three grandchildren, Tammy (Dustin) Honn of Herscher, Justin Boatman (Liz Davenport) of Watseka and Michael Cartelli (Kim Causley) of Watseka; six grandchildren, Bailey Honn, Kylie Honn, Amelia Cartelli, Jaxon Causley, Jase Neiman, and Mollie Neiman; and two brothers, Lowell Ritter of Arkansas and Tommy (Jan) Ritter of California.
Mr. Ritter was a member of operating engineers Local 150 for over forty years where he operated heavy machinery. He drove stock cars for many years, was a Golden Gloves boxer, and enjoyed trapping, fishing, and hunting. Harold loved to scuba dive, pan for gold, and play cards, especially poker.
Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Gary Minard will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Donor’s Choice.
Please share a memory of Harold at baierfuneralhome.com.