Sgt. Leevon J. Ritter
Sgt. Leevon J. Ritter, age 24, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Scott & White VA Hospital in Temple, Texas. Services to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly and Jersey Ridge in Davenport. The family will greet friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in the National Cemetery in Rock Island. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Henry County Humane Society in Geneseo.
Sgt. Ritter was born in 1988 and graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2006 where he wrestled and played baseball. After graduation, Leevon enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served two tours of duty in Iraq and received many honors and citations. After returning home from his second tour in Iraq, he was diagnosed with PTSD and through a program for soldiers he was able to train his best friend, "Gunner" to be a service dog that never left his side. Leevon was currently stationed at Ft. Hood in Texas where he continued his passion of building cars and motorcycles and racing them at the local tracks. He also played on several softball teams where he developed many new friendships.
Leevon was an "awesome" boyfriend, son, brother, nephew, and cousin. Most of all he was a friend to everyone he touched and his smile could light up the darkest of moments. He is survived by his mother, Barbara (Jim) Ritter-Preston; father, Les (Roxanne) Ritter; girlfriend, Alora Hedin; sisters, Micyla and Taycee Ritter; brother, Eric (Aimee) Moss; paternal grandparents, Don and Arvilla Ritter; and a nephew, Alex; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by, a brother, Adam Olivares; and grandmother, Martha Lambert.
Leevon was an organ donor and his sacrifice saved the lives of four young men and countless others.
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