Green Lawn Abbey

Ritter, William McClellan

William McClellan Ritter
Born 1919
Died 1963
William M. Ritter II, 43, a Columbus native, vice president in charge of the Southern Division of Georgia-Pacific Corp., died Monday in Augusta, Ga.
He was a grand-nephew of William M. Ritter, founder in 1890 of the William Ritter Lumber Co. The firm had a long history of forest management and woods products manufacture in West Virginia, Virginia and southeastern states.
Mr. Ritter was president of the W. M. Ritter Lumber Co., from 1956 to 1960, at which time the company was merged with Georgia-Pacific Corp.
He then was named assistant to the vice president of Georgia-Pacific Southern Division and became vice president in 1961.
Georgia-Pacific is one of the nation's largest timber and forest products companies.
Mr, Ritter attended Columbus Academy, was a graduate of Princeton University and served as a captain in the U. S. Corps. of Engineers in the Pacific during World War II.
He was a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, a director of the National Lumber Manufacturers Association and the National Hardwood Lumber Association.
Surviving are his wife, Jean Perry Ritter; four children, William M III, John E., David W. and Mary B., all of Augusta; and his father, Ernest E. Ritter, Huntington, W. Va.
Service will be Thursday in Augusta with additional rites to be announced in Columbus by Schoedinger funeral home, 229 E. State St.
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