Richard Vittetoe, 87, of Osceola, formerly of Farson, died Dec. 31, 2012, at his home.
Funeral Mass was 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Saint Mary of the Visitation in Ottumwa. The Rev. Bernie Weir officiated. Burial was in Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa. A Christian Wake service was held 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Reece Funeral Home, Ottumwa. Memorials may be made to Seton Schools in Ottumwa or Friends at Lake Darling, P.O. Box 82, Brighton, IA 52540.
Richard Michael Vittetoe, son of Irene Dorothy (Peiffer) and John Peter Vittetoe, was born Oct. 23, 1925, in Keota.
On July 19, 1946, Richard married Ardyce Fay Wavrin in Chula Vista, Calif., having met through the USO.
Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II serving as seamen first class receiving three Bronze Stars and one Silver Survivor Star. He survived the sinking USS Princeton.
Richard farmed north of Oskaloosa for 16 years on the E.B. Wilcox family farm. He and his wife owned and operated Platime Supper Club near Rose Hill from 1962-63, then continued farming near Farson in 1963, until moving to Osceola in 2010.
Richard was a member of Saint Mary of the Visitation, Arendt-Bowlin-Stubbs Post No. 83 of American Legion and Farm Bureau.
Richard is survived by his wife Ardyce; daughters, Cheryl (Gene) Barnette of Overland Park, Kan., Mary Sue (Michael) Noone of Leavenworth, Kan., Dr. Fay A. (Dr. Mary A. Anson) Vittetoe of Brighton, Debora J. (Howard) Adrian of Fairfield and Tina M. (Tom) Bullington of Wichita Falls, Texas; grandchildren, Christina Yochum, Scott (Deb) Ruggles, Veronica (Brandon) Eighmy, Anthony (Sara) Adrian, Tina Adrian, Justin (Darla) Myers and Jacquelyn Myers; great-grandchildren, Logan Yochum, Lauren and Erin Ruggles, Tanner, Ashlynn and Owen Adrian, Lincoln, Harrison and Blythe Eighmy and Amya, Kaedyn and Kolt Myers; brothers, Edwin (Diana) Vittetoe of Washington and Ray (Margaret) Vittetoe of Ottumwa; sisters, Rose Mae (Leon) Leinen of Des Moines and Virginia (Eugene) Weber of Harper; many nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and Alvin Vittetoe and an infant brother and sister Dorothy Sieren White.