C. Robert's Story

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C. Robert "Bob" Rittman, 71, shuffled off this mortal coil on Thursday, March 23, 2017, meeting death on ideal terms, passing peacefully in his sleep with the love of his life by his side.
Bob was born in Anderson, to Charles and Ruth Rittman. He attended St. Mary's School from 1952 to 1960 and graduated from Madison Heights High School in 1964.
Eternally humble, Bob served how he lived -- honorably and nobly. After graduating Indiana University in 1969, he reached the rank of captain during his service with the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1973. The decorated combat veteran earned many service awards, including the Bronze Star, yet he shared few details about his wartime bravery. His family is proud to salute their hero in death.
After successfully sitting for the LSAT in a steamy, 90-degree military trailer in Vietnam, Bob received his Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington) in 1977. He began his lifelong Grant County legal career by joining the law firm of Biddinger & Johnson and went on to serve as Grant County's Chief Deputy Prosecutor for eight years. After many years in private legal practice, Bob finished his career as the Grant County Chief Public Defender. His colorful courtroom demeanor displayed not only his charming personality, but also his commitment to making the world a little more just.
Bob was a longtime member of the Grant County Bar Association, Carey Services, and a 35-year member of the Marion Rotary Club, where he held the distinction of president.
Bob founded the Aviation Club at Indiana University and held his pilot's license for many years. He also loved swimming, Canasta, World War II history, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and Tyrion Lannister. He liked to watch "South Park" with his son, "Game of Thrones" with his daughter, and "Law & Order" with his wife. His Wilford Brimley impression was spot-on.
Many will remember Bob as a great storyteller. He had a seemingly endless vocabulary and a wonderful sense of humor. He loved to make everyone laugh and smile, be they judge, clerk, or inmate. He understood people, and he cared for them deeply. He was loyal to his colleagues, employees, children, and especially his wife. His love was a blessing in our lives and he will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; daughter, Sarah (Marty) Allain, Westfield; son, Robert Rittman, Bloomington; grandchildren, Gwen and Claire Allain; brothers, John (Tom Triscoe) Rittman, Minneapolis, Minn., C. William "Bill" (Anna) Rittman, Houston, Texas, and Jim Rittman, Anderson.
His parents, Charles and Ruth Rittman, preceded him in death.
The family will receive visitors from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion.
Services to celebrate Bob's life will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Mick Simpkins officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bob's name to CASA (National Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Grant County, www.grantcountycasa.org.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.
Published on March 27, 2017
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