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PONTIAC - Paul E. Rittenhouse Jr., 75, of Pontiac, died at 8:45 p.m. Monday (Dec. 26, 2005) at his home in Pontiac.

A Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pontiac, with Monsignor Thomas Mack officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pontiac, with the rosary to be recited at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be at Long Point Cemetery, Long Point. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's School, Pontiac, or to the Livingston County Cancer Society.

He was born April 26, 1930, in Long Point, a son of Paul Rittenhouse Sr. and Mardelle Baker Rittenhouse. He married Mary Sellmyer on Jan. 14, 1956, in Loretta. She survives in Pontiac.

Also surviving are one son, Steve (Lee Ann) Rittenhouse, Naperville; four daughters, Ellen (Bruce) Rodman, Naperville; Rita Washko and Carol (Mike) Gray, both of Pontiac; and Diana (Tim) Henson, Dwight; two brothers, Ernest Rittenhouse, Long Point and Glenn Rittenhouse, Petersburg; one sister, Doris Ryan, Tonica; and 13 grandchildren, Healy and Sam Rodman; Matthew Washko, Jenna, Kara and Brian Rittenhouse; Jeremy, Jake, Luke and Logan Gray; and Alyssa, T.J. and Kyle Henson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Flanagan, and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pontiac.

He was employed at Pontiac National Bank for several years and as a Country Company Insurance Agent. He returned to farming in 1959, in Long Point, until his retirement.

He was educated in Long Point, graduating from Long Point High School in 1948. He also attended the University of Illinois.

He was a member of Long Point Lions Club, past president of Livingston County Rural Youth, a member of Pontiac Toastmasters Club, a past member of Woodland School Board, a member of Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation and Board of Resource Conservation Development.

He loved to camp, fish and boat with his family. He was an avid bowler. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

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