Joe was born January 24, 1950 in Oakland, CA to Kay and Joe Ritz and grew up in La Mesa. He passed away on Wednesday July 13, 2016.
Joe is preceded by his son, Chris and survived by his wife of 46 years, Sue; his son, B.J., his grandson Kenton, his granddaughter Jordayne, his brother Thomas, his sister Cate, his mother, Kay and numerous family members (too many to list).
He joined the Army in 1968 as an MP and in 1971 returned to civilian life as a police officer in San Diego. He rejoined the military in 1975, and continued to serve until retirement in 1993. After military retirement, he went back to school, did some civilian bomb disposal work and lazed about until he became the Superintendent at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Susanville until retiring again in April 2008 (one month before Sue’s retirement intentionally so he would have a month of freedom before she started him on his retirement housework).
He was a lifelong Scouter, beginning with Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts and continuing to support the Scouts in various roles throughout his life.
He and Sue coordinated the Muddy Angels West Coast Memorial Bike Ride in 2014 and 2015 in support of EMS men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
There will be a celebration of his life on Tuesday July 19, 2016 at 10am at Janesville Park.
In lieu of flowers, please address donations to either Boy Scout Troop #159 or Muddy Angels (muddyangels.com) in his honor.
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