Bruce H. Ritenburg Jr. of Fredonia died Monday afternoon (June 9, 2014) at the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk at 100 years of age.
He was born Oct. 1, 1913 in New Kensington, Pa., the son of the late Bruce H. Sr. and Gertrude (Goffin) Ritenburg. A few months later, his family moved to Tennessee, where he spent most of his boyhood. When he was 13 years old, his family moved to Dunkirk, NY, the place he would call home.
A Dunkirk High School alumnus, Class of 1931, Mr. Ritenburg graduated from Brown University in 1935 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 during World War II and was made an officer, overseeing administrative and supply issues stateside.
Bruce Ritenburg Jr.
Honorably discharged after two years in the service, Mr. Ritenburg re-turned to his employment at Nog Inc., a company his father, Bruce Ritenburg Sr., had started in 1932. He eventually took over for his father, becoming a president of the Dunkirk based company and over-seeing operations. He had previously worked for Castner Electrolytic Alkali Company in Niagara Falls.
A community-minded man, Mr. Ritenburg took part in countless service projects and local organizations.
He became chairman of the original Lakeshore Council of Boy Scouts and when that group expanded, he was named president. He received the Silver Beaver Award in recognition of his service.
Mr. Ritenburg also was a member and two-term president of the Shore-wood Country Club. He likewise served as president of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Kiwanis and later the Fredonia Kiwanis Club while remaining an active member there for decades.
He received a Certificate of Lifetime Membership from the Salvation Army and a 65-year Membership Certificate from the Ma-sons. He also held the distinction of being the oldest member of the Cassadaga American Legion.
Survivors include two sons, Bruce H. Ritenburg III of Dunkirk and Matthew L. Ritenburg of Fredonia; one daughter, Sara (Jeffrey) Strauser of Dunkirk; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Bonnie (Duane) Davis and Deborah (Mark) Michalak; one stepson, John (Tricia) Buza; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances (Fitzgerald) Ritenburg; his second wife, Edith (Law) Ritenburg; one brother, Frank P. Ritenburg; and his grandson, Evan Lynch Ritenburg.
Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280, 228 Maple Avenue, Cassadaga, NY 14718.
Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.