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Posted on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 2:02 p.m.

Former Dexter athletic director Al Ritt dies at age 77

By Kyle Austin

Elvin “Al” Ritt, the former longtime Dexter athletic director whose name adorns the school’s football stadium, passed away March 8, according to a report in the Dexter Leader.

Ritt, 77, was Dexter’s athletic director from 1975-89 after serving in multiple coaching positions. Before coming to Dexter, Ritt played minor league baseball for the Kansas City Athletics in Grand Isle, Neb.

Family and friends will gather at Dexter United Methodist Church on Friday, March 15 from 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. A farewell will be held the following day at 1 p.m.



Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 3:43 a.m.

Al Ritter. A man with a Heart of Gold! Loved the guy. Al. You will be missed by many, many of us. You did a Great Job during your time on earth. Rest in Peace Buddy!


Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 6:14 p.m.

Al Ritt was a class act. I went to school and played baseball with his grandson. Al was always there at practices to give his advice and tell old stories. Also in later years I enjoyed talking with him at the hudson mills golf course where he worked. I think a lot of people have forgotten about his contributions to the beginnings of Dexter Sports along with Sparky Clark, and that is too bad. Dexter will miss him