July 10, 1943 ~ August 1, 2022

Born in: Lewistown, PA
Resided in: Anderson, IN

Melissa Lou (Leeper) Ritter passed away on August 1, 2022, at the home of her son in Anderson, Indiana.

She was born July 10, 1943, to John Ivan and Lilly (Arentz) Leeper. Melissa grew up in Lewistown and after graduation attended The Art Institute of Chicago. She later became a beautician.

She married William (Bill) Ritter on July 25, 1965.

Melissa worked numerous jobs throughout her life as the family relocated to Ohio and eventually Indiana. She worked at Janus developmental in Indiana and Skills in Lewistown.

She was a member of the lady Moose.

Melissa is survived by her son, Derrick (Judi), grandchildren Cory of Anderson and Breann of Jacksonville, Fl.

She has siblings Shirley Tate and John (Cathy) Leeper of Lewistown, Pa and sisters-in-law Dottie (Brian) Myers and Phyllis Moyer.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.


Memorial contributions may be made to Fame Ambulance, Lewistown, Pa who brought her safely to Indiana.

A private memorial service will take place.

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. She was certainly a sweetie! Every single memory I have of her includes a smile and some moment of sweetness. Can’t say that about everyone I have ever met. And DR definitely inherited her sweetness.

  3. Ed and I are very sorry for your loss! Even tho we didn’t know your mom long it seemed like we knew all of you forever.
    Praying you find comfort.

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