John Rittenhouse

John Russell "Russ" Rittenhouse

Monday, November 15th, 1937 - Thursday, October 24th, 2019
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John Russell “Russ” Rittenhouse, 81, of Weston was called up to the arms of the Lord on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family following a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He was born in Burnsville, WV on November 15, 1937: son of the late Willard Rittenhouse and Evelyn (Black) Rittenhouse. On November 15, 1962, he married Mary (Smith) Rittenhouse, who survives.

Russ is also survived by one daughter: Anita Karp and husband Joe of Weston, one son: John “Rusty” Rittenhouse of Weston, and one daughter-in-law: Charlene Salisbury of Jane Lew. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Bryson and Tyler Karp, Nathan Embree and Shelby Rittenhouse and four great-grandchildren: Jayla and Apollo Embree and Mason and Graham Karp. Russ is also survived by one ½ brother: Gary Rittenhouse of Weston, one ½ sister: Carolyn Sue Reed of Glenville and several; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by one ½ brother: Larry Rittenhouse.

Mr. Rittenhouse retired in 1996 from Southern States Co-op as district manager independent Marketing in West Virginia with 34 years of service. He was a graduate of Weston High School with the class of 1956 and attended the Valley View Church of the Nazarene of Weston. He was a member of the Lewis County Farm Bureau where he was active in Soil Conservation. Mr. Rittenhouse was very active. He read and studied his Bible and Devotionals every day. His hobbies were ginesanging, hunting, playing tennis and his love for weather and meteorology studies. Russ was also an avid WVU Mountaineer fan.

Mr. Rittenhouse was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp serving as a private first class from September 1956 until September 1962.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral; Home chapel Reverend Dwayne Brown and Reverend Ron Brown officiating. Interment will follow services in the Chestnut Flats Cemetery of Upshur County. Full military honors will be rendered by the United States Marine Corp and the Lewis County Honor Guard. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Russ may be expressed at

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Patriot John Russell “Russ” Rittenhouse.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home
    730 N. Main Ave
    Weston 26452
  • Service

    Sunday, October 27th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Sunday, October 27th, 2019 1:30pm
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel
    730 N. Main Ave.
    WESTON, WV 26452
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    Reverend Dwayne Brown
    Rev. Ronald Brown
  • Interment

    Chestnut Flats Cemetery
    Rt 4
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    Full Military Honors rendered by US Marine Corp and Lewis County Honor Guard


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Bill and Jamie Bayless

Posted at 11:28am
With loving thoughts and memories,
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Toby Dukich

Posted at 01:24am
Sorry to hear of Russell's passing. Christina and my prayers are with you Mary and the entire family. Proverbs 3:5-6. Love and prayers to all.

Scott and Lita Montgomery and family

Posted at 01:03am
Mary ,Rusty and Anita. Thinking about you all. Remembering good times. Sending prayers. Semper Fi Russ. RIP Marine.
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Misty Hileman

Posted at 11:01am
I have so many memories of you and I in the last year we spent together as your caregiver. Oh how i miss you already. The stories you have told and how you gave me such a hard time with joking and the laughs. I came into your home not knowing what to expect. Little that I knew that as a caregiver for you that I was going to be a part of this family in a short time. And that what a learning experience this has been with dealing with someone with a brain disease. I am glad that you are pain and sick free. I will ove you always. Thank you for sharing your stories with me. Take care and I'll be seeing you again.

John McCallister

Posted at 10:34am
I would like to offer my deepest condolences for Russ and his family. I was a friend and co-worker of Russ for over 25 years. Although I had not seen Russ recently, he was always near to my memory. Russ always had his feet firmly attached to the ground, as well as the Earth in general that he so dearly loved. Russ knew the big picture and always had something to say regarding the master plan such as the weather and it's influences for life. Russ was a thinker and a doer. Russ was a good, as well as a very kind man, and will be missed. Good travels my friend, you will be missed.

John McCallister

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