James E. Rittenhouse, 88, formerly of Williamstown, most recently living in Manassas, Va., died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Sunrise Assisted Living Home.
He was born July 29, 1926, in Wilsonburg, W.Va., to father Carlie Rittenhouse and Zoma Barnes (Conley).
Jim was a graduate of Lumberport High School near Clarksburg, W.Va., in May 1945, and enlisted in the Army Air Force pilot training school at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., for basic training towards the end of World War II. With the need for pilots decreasing after Germany's surrender to the allies in May of 1945, and Japan eventually surrendering to allies in August of 1945, Jim was transferred to Muroc Air Force Base (Edwards Air Force Base today) for bomber maintenance and decommissioning.
After being honorably discharged from the Army Air Force in October of 1946, Jim moved to Marietta, to live with his mother, Zoma, and step-father, Doc Conley, where he enrolled in Marietta College business school. Jim was a graduate of Marietta College in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in business and economics. After his graduation, Jim accepted a position with Dravo Corp. Pipe and Steel Fabrication division in Marietta, within the contracts department, where he worked for over 35 years before retiring in 1986.
Jim married Betty Milhoan in May of 1956, at Wayside United Methodist Church, in Vienna, W.Va. Jim and Betty built their first home at 805 3rd street in Williamstown in 1965, where they lived together until Betty's passing in December of 1985. Jim continued to live in Williamstown until March of 2010, until suffering from a heart attack and minor stroke at which time he moved to Manassas, Va. area to live near his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Jim was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Williamstown, where he served as usher, Methodist Men's group and helped out with Boys Scouts in past years. Jim was an active member in American Legion, Post 159, serving on the Honor Guard for military rites, helping with keeping the financial books and records, shopping for supplies and food for the many dinners and events. Jim was also a member of the Williamstown, Masonic Lodge #129, Elks Lodge #198 in Parkersburg, and the Moose Lodge #1823 in Marietta Ohio.
Jim is survived by his brother, Charles Rittenhouse and his wife Peggy of Niles, Ohio; son, Jim Rittenhouse Jr., his wife, Terry, and three grandsons, Justin, Nathan and Andrew of Bristow, Va.
There will be a funeral service at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown, with Dr. Steve Gedon officiating.
Jim was a good citizen, a loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend.
Donations in honorarium of his name can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at their web site of (www.alzfdn.org/ContributetoAFA/makeadonation.html)