Oct. 5, 1917-Aug. 27, 2004

MARTINEZ, Calif. - Adam Albert Rithaler, 86, of Martinez, Calif., a retired finish carpenter and resident of Pendleton for over 50 years, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, of pancreatic cancer.

A joint memorial graveside service for Mr. Rithaler and his wife, DeLoise Rithaler, will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.

Mr. Rithaler was born Oct. 5, 1917, at Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada, and moved with his family to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as a young boy.

Mr. Rithaler met his wife-to-be, Deloise, when he spotted her, while on his way to work via bicycle, sitting on the stoop of her grandparents home where she lived. He would cycle by twice a day, stopping to talk to her. He proposed several months later and they were married the next year in November 1938.

Mr. Rithaler was a finish carpenter and built the couple's first home.

In 1942, he was drafted into the Canadian Army and served in the European Campaign from 1942-1947. In 1947, after leaving the Army, the family moved to Oregon where Mr. Rithaler continued his profession as a finish carpenter and was employed by several local contractors until his retirement in 1980.

Ill health forced Mr. Rithaler and his wife to move to California in 1999 to be with their daughter, Shirley Ralston, and son-in-law, Doug Ralston.

He was preceded in death by his wife, DeLoise Auldean Rithaler, 84, a retired Pendleton beautician, who died May 2, 2003, in California of in-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Survivors include daughter, Shirley Rithaler Ralston of Martinez; granddaughters, Michelle Yokum of Martinez, and Denise Cardoza of Payson, Utah; and seven great-grandchildren; Mr. Rithaler's brothers, Verne Rithaler, Jon Rithaler, and Ron Rithaler, and sister, Helen Cook, all in Canada.

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