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Delmas “Del” Ritter, 84 of Springfield, passed away on September 15, 2023.

Del enjoyed working for Hiland Dairy for 36 years, spending most of that time in Quality Control. He was also a musician and sang in music shows around Springfield including Farmarama at Fantastic Caverns, the Four Star Opry in Springfield, and the New Ozark Jubilee in Nixa.

Del is survived by wife Carole Ritter; children Kathy Brunson and her husband Jeff, grandchildren Ryan Brunson and Stephanie Brunson, Debbie Wills, grandchildren Morgan Ramsey and Emily Wills, Timothy Ritter and his wife Lisa, grandchildren Kevin Ritter and Corey Ritter, Jill Norton and her husband Rick, grandchildren Matthew and Michael Shade, Carla Schipper-Oilces and her husband Dave, grandchild Rayno David Narducci and many great grandchildren.

There are no formal services planned at this time.

Care has been entrusted to Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, Ltd. – DeGraffenreid-Wood-Crematory, Springfield, Missouri.