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Rusty Alan Ritsema

March 3, 1959 ~ August 27, 2023 (age 64) 64 Years Old


Rusty A. Ritsema passed away at his home on August 27, 2023 after a long battle with cancer.


He was born on March 3, 1959 in Paw Paw to Mildred (Compton) Ritsema and the late Benjamin Ritsema.


Rusty graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1977. He owned & operated Ritsema’s Septic Service and worked for the family business, Ritsema & Son’s Excavating. He later went on to work & retire from the Village of Paw Paw.


Whenever he was not working, you could find him hunting, fishing or cruising around town. He loved anything that went fast including; dune buggies, sand drags, snowmobiles & ATV’s. 


Rusty is survived by his two children; Kristen Ritsema and Dustin (Cara Sanderson) Ritsema, four grandchildren; Skylar (Shyann), Alex, Caylin and Carisa, one great-grandson; Jazpar, mother; Mildred (Compton) Ritsema, two brothers; Joe (Michelle) and John (Crystal Specht) Ritsema. 


Cremation has taken place. Per Rusty's wishes there will be no public services. 


Memorial contributions in memory of Rusty may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

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