In Memory of

David A. Ritter

March 8, 1957 - February 12, 2021


David A. Ritter, 63, of Lees Summit, Mo. passed away on February 12, 2021. Dave was a retiree of General Motors Corporation. He loved all things mechanical and construction in nature. No challenge was too big and he lived to help others with their projects, including working with Habitat for Humanity on their Kansas City projects. He loved traveling to his birthplace, Allentown, PA and connecting with his large, extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. His caring and generous spirit will be missed by all.

He is survived by his loving partner Diana Otto of the home, his step daughter Jennifer Stevens, her husband James and their children Haiden and Rynner of Lees Summit. He is also survived by his brother’s family, Edward Ritter and Peggy Heidkamp of Prairie Village, KS and his mother Diana Ritter of Overland Park, KS. He was preceded by his father Stanley Ritter.

A private family service will be held. A celebration of Dave’s life will be planned for later this year. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Dave to Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City (


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Such a wonderful man. Always so positive. He would do whatever possible to help you no matter the task. So full of love. He will be missed

To Diana and the family of David Ritter.
In the late 70s David and I worked for an electrical company located in North Kansas City Missouri. David was an apprentice electrician and I was a journeyman but to be quite honest he was working at journeyman level In his second year of his apprenticeship. As a result of our working together, I learned as much from him as he learned from me. When we weren’t building and fixing things we were talking about how to build and fix things. Dave loved mechanical work. It was his life’s blood.
In the mid-80’s, we started working for General Motors. It was there where David’s talents and mechanical aptitude flourished. He was in a new car plant filled with new technology. It was like a dream come true. Every non-functioning machine or system was an opportunity to improve and increase the productivity of the plant. Dave did not shy away from anything. The bigger the challenge the bigger the smile once the problem was resolved. I can almost hear him say “well we got it” and I’m thinking we who? David had a way of making you feel like you had contributed much more than you actually did. He was a confidence builder!
David teamed up with another electrician and their work made a notable difference in the body shop. It was not long before his name and work was known throughout upper management. He quickly advanced from an hourly electrician to a salaried engineer.

Dave had a love for good people. He was always willing to help anyone and work on any cause that would improve someone’s life. I, like many others, can attest to that. It was not unusual to hear him ask, “how can I help you Paul B.”

We were different in many ways. Our backgrounds were not the same, however, we shared a common love for machines, people, and excellence in life. I will miss you my brother. God rest your soul.

Paul B. Saunders


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063