JOHN B. RITZ SHINER - John Bryan Ritz, age 93, passed away September 11, 2019. He was born June 17, 1926 in Hermeligh, Tx to John and Emma Kubena Ritz, and raised in Yoakum, Tx with his three brothers. John married Joan Crow of Gonzales. They founded the Ritz Food Mart stores in El Campo where they and their four children often greeted customers and were involved in their community. John and Joan loved country life in Shiner, Tx. They raised Registered Beefmaster Cattle on their ranch, Mustang Creek Farms. John ran his ranch himself until age 91 and offered business cards to everyone he met, be it dentist, nurse, or stranger, whether they had land for a bull or not. John adored his family, and especially enjoyed time with his 9 grandkids and 7 great-grandchildren. He lived his favorite saying, "You gotta have a lil' humor." John loved his country. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17 and was assigned to the 5th Marine Division. He was wounded in action on Iwo Jima and honorably discharged shortly after the war. Survivors: Wife, Joan Ritz; Daughters: Linda Janecek (Patrick) of Inez, Debbie Humphreys (Joe) of Victoria, and Renee Wheeler (Dr. Bruce) of Goliad, and Jess Howell (Betty) of Wharton who he considered a son; Brother, Robert Ritz of Conroe. Grandchildren: Shannon Ritz of El Campo, Blake Ritz (Brandi) of El Campo, Jake Humphreys of New Braunfels, Jenny Davis (Cory) of Spring, Amanda Humphreys of Victoria, Joshua Janecek of Shiner, Meredith Flatt (Craig) of Victoria, Stacy Fisher of Victoria, and Daniel Janecek of Bryan. Preceded in death by: Parents; Beloved Son Bryan Ritz; Brothers: Milton Ritz and Bill Ritz. John was a member of the Southwest Cattlemen's Assoc., Wharton County Sheriff's Assoc and 100 Club (lifetime member), American Legion, and V.F.W. Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2 pm followed by funeral service at 3 pm at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home with Pastor Rick DuBroc officiating. Burial at Yoakum Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers: Shannon Ritz, Blake Ritz, Jake Humphreys, Joshua Janecek, Daniel Janecek, and Cory Davis. Memorial contributions may be given to Shiner F.F.A., Wharton County 100 Club or donor's choice. Online guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home 361-293-5656.
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