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|The Oklahoma Leader|
|August 26, 1915|
WELL KNOWN, HONORABLE CITIZEN CALLED BY DEATH
Long time Guthrie Merchant Succumbs To Four Months of Illness
William Ritzhaupt, died at 10:20 o'clock Tuesday evening, August 24, at the Methodist hospital after a lingering illness from cancer of the bladder. The deceased never rallied from a recent operation, he was in a semi-unconscious condition during the last hours and rallied and was able to recognize his wife and children at the last.
The death of William Ritzhaupt is a distinct loss to this community. He was a stalwart town booster and an honest, conscientious business man.
It is customary to judge of the qualities of a may by the esteem in which he is held by the community in which he lives and works, a system that at least approximates the truth, but a man publicly displays only his better side; other men, busy with their own work do not know the intricacies and the intimacies of his character. A man under the tongue of good repot in his community may be a tyrant in his own particular kingdom. The absolute test of a man is the love, or lack of it, manifested toward him by the men with how he works and is closely associated with and his immediate family; they know his weaker side as well as his stronger, his harsher moods as well as his gentler; they know the character, the quality, the heart, the man. By that test Guthrie and the business interests of this community and his sorrowing family have lost a firm friend, for a truer, kindlier man that William Ritzhaupt never lived. He was a nobleman of nature.
Somewhere out in the void, when the roll is called, a spirit answers "here."
The answer comes in a clear, firm, honest, manly voice. For the translation from what we call life to what we call death hardly can be expected to achieve a surprising transformation. Assuming that justice is the fundamental principle of the scheme of creation, we may well believe that the man we knew here, is in all vital respects, the same man in the distant "over there." And because "Bill" Ritzhaupt, as he was affectionately known, was in his life a brave, honest, manly man, those are his attributes in that other world, and thus he answers in the spiritual muster. If here is any justice in the divine power, with reference to the deposition of the impartial part of man after it leaves this mundane sphere and we have any reason to believe there is, William Ritzhaupt; manly, true and honest here, is now enjoying the true benefits, "over there."
Born July 8, 1863 in Baden, German, he was 52 years and 48 days old when death called him. William Ritzhaupt came to American in 1880. He lived in Ohio, Chicago and Kansas City prior to coming to Guthrie in 1893, where he had lived since. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Etta Ritzhaupt, three sons, Fr. Lewis Ritzhaupt, who has been in constant attendance at his father's bedside during his last illness, George Ritzhaupt and William, Jr.
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