Swanton area veterans in Senior Spotlight


Ruth and Keith Ritenour

Ruth and Keith Ritenour


Senior Center photos

Bob Dietsch


Senior Center photos

A pair of Swanton area World War II veterans were in the Senior Spotlight in this month’s Fulton County Senior Center newsletter.

Bob Dietsch started attending the Swanton Senior Center in 2016. “The meals are all quite good. It’s great for me to get out and see people,” Bob explained.

This nearly 95-year-old has beat cancer twice and exercises three days a week. He mows his three-acre yard and enjoys watching the wildlife that visit his woods.

“I am a World War II veteran. I served in Africa, Sicily & Italy. I was a combat engineer.”

Dietsch spent his career as a tool and die maker. He had the privilege of attending an Honor Flight sponsored by the Swanton Sons of the American Legion 479.

Keith and Ruth Ritenour met on a blind date. They agree it was love at first sight. In September, they will celebrate 70 years of marriage. For many years, they loved dancing, everything from polka, waltz and ballroom to rumba, cha-cha and swing.

Together, they take care of their home and Keith, 93, cares for their three-acre yard. They savor homegrown tomatoes

each summer.

“We enjoy coming to the Swanton site for lunch regularly. It’s always nice,” Ruth said.

Keith is a WWII veteran. “I served in France, Germany and Austria. I was a combat infantry man,” he said. Keith was awarded the Bronze Star medal and Silver Star medal for Gallantry in action in WWII. He saved his company of troops when he was in Germany.

Ruth and Keith Ritenour
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Bob Dietsch
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/06/web1_Dietsch-Senior-Center.jpgBob Dietsch Senior Center photos