Ronald George Rittenhouse

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Nov. 18, 1949 – Nov. 28, 2014

Ronald George Rittenhouse, 65, beloved son, brother, father, uncle, fiancé and friend, passed away at home surrounded by family on Nov. 28 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ron was born on Nov. 18, 1949 in Glendale to George and Joan Rittenhouse. As a young, adventurous, and energetic child, Ron took part in many activities throughout the growing La Crescenta community. He developed a love of baseball, and became an exceptional pitcher for the Crescenta Sports Association Mustangs.

Ron was an enthusiastic Boy Scout, which sparked an interest in survival skills and his love for camping. As a young adult, Ron enjoyed being a camp counselor for Camp Fox on Catalina Island.

Ron graduated from Crescenta Valley High School in 1968 and continued his education at Glendale Community College, studying criminology. In 1970, Ron joined the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1974.

Ron will be remembered for his outstanding sense of humor, engaging story-telling and his love for his children, his family, the beach, fishing and camping.

Ron is survived by his daughter Tawnya Rittenhouse; fiancé Imelda Cruz; father George Rittenhouse; mother Joan Rittenhouse; brothers Jim and Timmy Rittenhouse; three nieces, Ashley Rittenhouse, Alexis Myers and Addison Rittenhouse; and his fiancé’s sister and nephew Christine Ascencio and Albert.

His son Thomas and brother John preceded Ronald in death.

For those who remember Ronald Rittenhouse and would like to pay their respects, a viewing and service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Crippen Mortuary at 2900 Honolulu Ave. in La Crescenta-Montrose.

  • Jim Anhalt

    I knew Ron for a few years in the 70,s. He and I moved from La Crescenta to Grass Valley for a while just to get away from LA. Once we went to Oahu for a few months . I am sorry he is gone.

  • Savannah Rittenhouse

    Rest in peace uncle Ron. You will be missed so much. I remember the day before my dad’s funeral, we were all together as a family at uncle Jims house and I when I saw you I almost passed out. You looked just like my dad. I couldn’t stop looking at you. You and dad were a lot alike. You guys were about the whole family and not just certain family members. I’m going to miss you uncle Ron very much. I love you and I happy you are no longer in pain. Have fun in heaven with Tommy and dad. I love you!

  • Cat Gaffield

    My deepest condolences to the entire family to include his 3 neices accidentally overlooked- Jaima Joy Rittenhouse, Auburn Crystal Rittenhouse and Savannah Jonnie Rittenhouse; all of which are Ron’s younger brother John’s children.
    *Ron was amazing and always made me laugh and educated me about something I didn’t already know.
    Last time I saw him at John’s funteral he shocked me by looking so much like John: now they are both together, watching over Jim, Timmy, George and Joan, his daughter Tawnya and his neices.
    I love you Ron: you’re greatly missed but forever in my heart.
    Cat Gaffield

  • Donna-Rittenhouse

    Many happy memories with Ron when he lived with John and myself!! Fly with the “fighter jets” Ron!! Rest in peace Ron! John and Thomas have greeted you at Heavens gate and we can all have a very small smile knowing you are out of pain and are with your son and brother. Much respect and love, you will be missed!