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Benjamin H. Ritsema

May 19, 1936 ~ February 14, 2017 (age 80)

Benjamin H. Ritsema, Age 80, passed away Tuesday morning, February 14, 2017 at his home.  Ben was born May 19, 1936 in Muskegon, MI the son of the late Herman and Catherine (Sikkenga) Ritsema.  Ben was employed at Eaton’s Mfg. in Lawton for 10 years and then was self-employed as an excavator.  Ben was a member of the Paw Paw Fire Department and enjoyed camping, traveling, fishing and going to the casino.  On September 1, 1956 in Paw Paw Ben was united in marriage to Mildred M. Compton loving wife and companion for over 60 years who survives.  Also surviving are 3 children, Joe (Michelle) Ritsema, Rusty (Christine Sillars) Ritsema and John (Crystal) Ritsema all of Paw Paw; grandchildren, Kristen, Dustin, Andrew, Cara, Ashley, Joseph. and Jennifer; several great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by seven siblings Alice Blacksten, Henry Ritsema, Esther Shaw, Russell Ortquist, Ellen Drake, Frances Barcal and Margaret Harris.  Family will receive friends, Thursday (Feb 16) 6 to 8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw where services will be held Friday 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildey Cemetery, Paw Paw.  Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital for Children.  Share a memory or sign the guest book at


 Service Information

February 16, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adams Funeral Home
502 West Michigan Avenue
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Funeral Service
February 17, 2017

11:00 AM
Adams Funeral Home
502 West Michigan Avenue
Paw Paw, MI 49079

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