Richard Ronald Ristau

richard ristau

September 5, 1938 ~ April 24, 2024

Born in: Warren, Pennsylvania
Resided in: Mills River, North Carolina

Richard R. Ristau, age 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, surrounded by his loving family at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC.

He was born September 5, 1938, in Warren, PA, to Charles F. Ristau and Pauline (Dase) Ristau. He was a 1957 graduate of Warren Area High. He married Carol (Blaski-Colvin) Ristau on February 21, 1959, and remained happily married for 65 years.

He is survived by his wife, two sons: Daniel E. Ristau (Gwen) of Rosman, NC. and Richard M. Ristau (Melinda) of Augusta, GA; two daughters: Gigi L. DeHart (Mike) of Mills River, NC. and April M. Woods (Woody) of Duluth, GA.

“Dick” was preceded in death by his parents and his son, David A. Ristau: 6 brothers, 5 sisters, and several very special nieces and nephews. He was very active right up to the date of his passing, he loved to work outside on his farm acreage and ‘tinker’ in his garden. He also loved to camp, play cards, and spend time with all his wonderful grand & great grandchildren; Brandon Myers, Ashley Williams (Nate), Morgan Jarvis (Corey), Zakery Ristau (Lindsay), Brady Woods, Brooke Woods, Zander Ristau, Hannah Jarvis, Waverly Jarvis, Caroline Casoria, and Lorelai Ristau.

Celebration of life services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Fanning Chapel Church 5490 Haywood Road, Mills River, NC, 28759.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. I know words can’t take away the hurt you and your family are feeling, but I want you to know how much I care.
    Sending you my love and strength in this time of loss.

  2. Whenever I think of Uncle Dick, I think of fun days and cherished memories. Some special memories are of family get togethers, playing in the creek where he built up a swimming hole, and he and my Dad sledding down Page Hollow Road while my cousins, Aunt Carol, my brothers. and I packed in the car with my Mom driving them back up the top of the road so they could continue sledding.
    My heart goes out to the family and I pray they will always find comfort in their cherished memories. Love to you All.

  3. So sorry for your loss. Dick and Carol have been very special to our family for many years and we will be praying for you all through the next days and weeks.
    All our love, Bobbie Goforth and Robin Britt

  4. No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. My Condolences to you and your family.

  5. It’s in moments like these that words fall short. Dick made a lasting impression on us, as I’m sure he did on many people.
    Please accept our sincere condolences.

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