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Brian Rittenhouse

August 20, 1945 — August 29, 2018

Brian J. Rittenhouse, 73, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at his residence and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 3 at 11AM in St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Monday.  Interment will be in St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Cemetery.

Brian John Rittenhouse was born August 20, 1945 in Kent, MN to John and Loretta (Lotzer) Rittenhouse. He graduated from Breckenridge (Minn.) High School and attended North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Brian was united in marriage to Claudia Karen Gingrich in Foxhome, MN on November 2, 1968. God blessed them with two children: son Kevin and daughter Laurie.

Brian worked for Fish and Wildlife in Fergus Falls, MN and Aberdeen, South Dakota.  In 1974 they moved to Moorhead, MN where Brian enjoyed working for Ulteig Engineering.  In 1988 Brian opened Rittenhouse & Associates Inc., a land surveying firm where he served as the registered land surveyor for Clay County for many years.  Brian’s love of family lead to many camping trips, Sunday afternoon drives to “kick tires” and weekends at their favorite getaway at their cottage on Lake Eunice, which he and Claudia eventually made their homestead for the last 14 years.

He loved his family, especially those “grandboys” (“The boys.”).   He loved family gatherings and treasured all the memories of his “extended family” at the Fryin Pan in Moorhead.

Brian will be missed by his wife of just shy of 50 years, Claudia; his children:  Kevin Rittenhouse and Laurie and her husband Rob Gramer; his grandboys:  Luke, Joe and John. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Loretta Rittenhouse and four brothers:   Wes, Warren, Donald and James Rittenhouse

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Monday, September 3, 2018

10:00 - 11:00am (Central time)

St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church

20996 Co Rd 20, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, September 3, 2018

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St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church

20996 Co Rd 20, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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