Cyrus Donald Rittenhouse
March 28, 1932 – October 14, 2016
Cyrus Donald Rittenhouse, age 84, lifelong resident of Newark, DE passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Friday, October 14, 2016.
Mr. Rittenhouse was born on March 28, 1932 and was a son of Cyrus Ephram Rittenhouse and Miriam (Boys) Rittenhouse Battersby. He was a graduate of Newark High School and attended the University of Delaware where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Mr. Rittenhouse operated Rittenhouse Motor Company, an automobile dealership established by his father in 1923, along with his late brother, Julian W. Rittenhouse and his late brother-in-law, Robert H. Dutton, until 1996.
Active in his community, he was a lifelong member of the Newark United Methodist Church, a longtime member of the Newark Country Club, the Delaware Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, the Newark Lions Club and the Newark Historical Society. An avid boating enthusiast, Mr. Rittenhouse enjoyed every day he spent on the Chesapeake Bay aboard his beloved boat the “Capcys”. He spent many happy hours over the years with his friends from his boyhood, his fraternity, his pool group and the Newark community. Above all, Mr. Rittenhouse was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Faye Meredith Rittenhouse, daughter Kathryn Rittenhouse Priebe and her husband Kevin R. Priebe of Forest Hill, MD, grandson Tyler Rittenhouse Priebe, daughter Karen Rittenhouse Hammond and her husband John H. Hammond of Bishopville, MD and grandsons Jack Rittenhouse Hammond and Justin Hugh Hammond. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Julian and his sister Marjorie Rittenhouse Dutton.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 on Saturday morning, October 22, 2016 at Newark United Methodist Church, 69 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Newark United Methodist Church at the address listed above or to the Newark Historical Society, P.O. Box 711, Newark, DE 19715.