Kenneth "Kenny" Ritoch

Born in Passaic, NJ on January 17, 1956

Departed on May 26, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Mr. Kenneth “Kenny” Ritoch, of Nashville, TN passed away on May 26, 2018 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. He was born on January 17, 1956 in Passaic, NJ to the late Michael Ritoch and Julia Popewiny Ritoch.

Kenny is survived by his wife of 17 years, Mrs. Patty Ritoch. He is also survived by his brother Paul Ritoch(Cindy) of Mill Spring, NC; sister-in-law, Peggy Brewington of Nashville, TN; one uncle and one aunt; and several cousins nationwide.

Patty will always remember Kenny as a Kind, Wonderful, and Loving Husband. Along with Patty, his family and friends will remember him by his love for sports, specifically golf and football. Kenny was an avid Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators Fan. His passion for football has always been noticed. He was a star football player in High School in Clifton, NJ. Kenny then went on to play football at NC State and Ramapo College in NJ. His love for the sport eventually landed him in tryouts for several teams within the NFL. Kenny has worked with Cort Business Services as Assistant Distribution Manager for the past 23 years.

The family would like to give a very special thanks for the care shown to Kenny at Tennessee Oncology at St. Thomas West.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 3:00pm in the Chapel of West Harpeth Funeral Home with Lee Beard officiating. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service. In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made, in Kenny’s name, to “The Dollar Club” at Cross Point Church.

38 Comments to Kenneth "Kenny" Ritoch

  1. Wanda Hix
    May 27, 2018 6:32 pm

    I know you will miss him. You two made such a sweet couple. Please know you are in my prayers!

  2. Belinda and James Brown
    May 27, 2018 7:29 pm

    James and I would like to express our deepest heartfelt condolences to you and the family. May God bless and be with you during this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

  3. Donna Tomlinson
    May 27, 2018 7:30 pm

    Kenny was a very kind & gentle soul! Will be missed by all who knew & loved him! Donna , Steve & Audrey Tomlinson

  4. Tom Farrell
    May 27, 2018 7:42 pm

    An old and dear friend. So many great memories. His passing is a great loss to all who knew and loved him. If there is a football team up there, no doubt he’ll be captain of the All-Heaven team. Good bye my friend rest in peace.

  5. Carol Cohen Popewiny and Tommy Popewiny
    May 27, 2018 8:38 pm

    We are Carol and Tommy Popewiny cousins of Kenny and will never forget our visits to Grandma’s house on Hope Avenue and 16 Holly Street for all holidays. Without you and Paul helping her, your Mother’s (our Auntie Julie) wonderful cooking and cookies, our Polish heritage would have faded away because she carried the torch after Grandma passed. Kenny and Paul aided their Mom and everyone else every day. Kenny, you are the sweetest guy in the world!! We soooo miss you!!
    Our deepest sympathy and sadness to you Patty, family and friends.

  6. Brenda Orvin
    May 27, 2018 8:40 pm

    He left us to soon! He will be missed everyday…Our Love to his Wife, Brother and Family…
    Brenda & JY

  7. Judith Nevins
    May 27, 2018 10:54 pm

    Patty I am so so sorry. I just saw this. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Judith Nevins

  8. Dennis Christopher
    May 28, 2018 7:24 am

    I grew up with Jenny, he was a kind gentle soul even as a kid. He was also 1 of the best, if not the best athlete to come out of new jersey! I know he will be missed by many. Love and prayers to his family and friends…

  9. Dennis Christopher
    May 28, 2018 7:26 am

    That’s Jenny, stupid autocorrect!

  10. Dennis Christopher
    May 28, 2018 7:26 am


  11. Brenda Collins
    May 28, 2018 8:54 am

    Tim and are sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and in the days to come. Love Tim and Brenda Collins.

  12. Charles DiGiacomo
    May 28, 2018 9:57 am

    To the TRUCK number 48 Kenny we did our 1st Holy Communion together when we were only 7 then now nothin our sixties both has time past in. May the Lord welcome you into heaven may you rest in his arm.

  13. Dennis Thibodeaux
    May 28, 2018 11:13 am

    Kenny will be missed, he had such a kind soul.

  14. Scott Arnold
    May 28, 2018 11:26 am

    Kenny was a kind and gentle soul, worked with him for many years and he will be greatly missed. So sorry for the families loss, will be praying for you all.

  15. Ellis Wood
    May 28, 2018 12:21 pm

    Patty, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Kenny for many, many years and I’m saddened I will not have that opportunity again. My prayers are for you and the family during this difficult time.

  16. Marsha Jackson
    May 28, 2018 2:17 pm

    Sending prayers and my deepest condolences to Patty. Seeing you spending your lives together, always loving and supportive of each other was such an uplifting moment, to know that real love did and does still go on. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during the days ahead, Kenny was a great man, may he Rest In Peace, free of pain and suffering, watching over you from Heaven above 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  17. Wanda McDowell
    May 28, 2018 3:29 pm

    So so Sorry Patty, James & I are praying for you & the days ahead! Just know our Thoughts & Prayers are with you dear friend!!🙏🏻

  18. Cretia Rotella
    May 28, 2018 4:57 pm

    So very sorry patty. I wish i had the opportunity to meet you while Kenny was alive. I was a cheerleader in junior high when he played football. Our paths would cross many years later. He worked with my brother at Levitz Furniture Co. as well. Just a nice guy!!!! God bless you and keep you!

  19. Rita Sanchez Ohlmann
    May 28, 2018 8:56 pm

    Dear Patty-
    As you know I had the pleasure of working with Kenny for several years at Cort Furniture in Nashville, TN. Kenny always had the best attitude, professionalism and he always made the time to laugh (a lot). I saw your love story begin as I was leaving the company and shorty after that -moved to Louisville, KY with my soon to be husband Dan. I often thought of the gang and want to say thanks for the great memories of a truly special soul. May God be with you during this very difficult time. Peace be with you my friend.
    Sincerely, Rita Sanchez Ohlmann

  20. Larry Zensen
    May 28, 2018 8:58 pm

    Kenny and I grew up together in Clifton. I hadn’t seen Kenny in years until we reunited at recent reunions. I am truly sorry Patty for your loss. May Kenny redt in peace.

  21. Frank Klump
    May 28, 2018 9:10 pm

    Kenny and I grew up together at School 14 and then reconnected over 40 years later after our 35th Clifton High School Reunion. I felt very Blessed to become Friends again and to meet Patty, his Mom, and Paul.
    May God Bless you Ken as you Truck your way doing good in Heaven.

  22. Jerry Andrewlavage
    May 28, 2018 9:30 pm

    Truck and I played together throughout high school and were more than just friends; he was my brother. He was a man among kids in those days, but a gentle soul who only looked out for everyone else and did all he could when he could for his family. I haven’t seen Kenny in years but his passing hits hard. My prayers to Patty, Paul and all those who loved him. Rest in peace my friend, we’ll meet again someday.

  23. Janice Orvin Lane
    May 28, 2018 10:04 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends who knew and loved him. May God give each of you strength, comfort and peace in your heart that far surpasses our understanding and be with you in the days ahead. Just remember he will always be with you in spirit. May God bless.
    Janice Orvin Lane

  24. Zarin Buckingham
    May 29, 2018 2:30 pm

    Patti and Kenny were my next door neighbors in Nashville and I loved them and considered them my Nashville family. Before I left Nashville, we spent real quality time together and the last thing I remember is a group hug with Patty and Kenny and telling Kenny how much all of us loved him and cared for hime and prayed for his health. Kenny was loving and sweet. I have just heard of his passing a couple of hours ago and am absolutely heartbroken by this loss. Patti, you and Kenny were a sweet and loving couple that we were blessed to call neighbors and friends. You are both in my mind and heart. Such a huge loss of a wonderful loving friend. My prayers and loving thoughts are with you both.

  25. Bill Hack
    May 29, 2018 5:58 pm

    Kenny – or “Coach” as he was known among the CORT Nashville Operations team – left an impact on my life, both professionally and personally. That impact will stay with me long after his departure and I am grateful for his guidance and friendship.

  26. Mohammed R Mehrani
    May 29, 2018 10:58 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although I did not personally know Kenny, reading these comments made it seem like he was a great guy that will be remembered. He did a lot for our neighborhood and I am very appreciative of that. May God make this easier for you and your family.

  27. Terilyn Jenkins
    May 29, 2018 11:35 pm

    I just learned about your loss this morning
    My deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time.

  28. Robert Ditto
    May 29, 2018 11:39 pm

    Kenny lived near us growing up. I never knew he moved to Nashville. My sister and I live in east TN. It would have been nice to catch up with him. Prayers of comfort for Kenny’s family. He was such a nice guy.

  29. Pam Kilmon
    May 30, 2018 6:56 am

    Patty, I can’t express my friend the pain I know you are experiencing from losing your best friend, it has been nine months since JC has passed and I am still so sad, but we have to keep living.. JC and I were blessed by the time we spent together last year and it was a honor to have met Kenny. Hold on to the word of God for strength during these upcoming days. Love and hugs, Pam

  30. Kristopher Garland
    May 31, 2018 10:22 am

    Patty, I was so sorry to hear about Kenny’s passing. I only knew him for a short period of time, but am appreciative for having the opportunity to have met him. He was an amazing person that impacted me more than words could express. I send prayers to you during this difficult time.

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  31. Ray and Annie Ritoch
    May 31, 2018 1:45 pm

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss Patty. Its unfortunate we never had the opportunity to meet you. Our prayers are with you.

  32. Tom and Lisa Farrell
    June 1, 2018 10:16 am

    Patty, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We will miss him and are warmed by the knowledge of how much you loved each other. God bless.

  33. Michael [ Rudy ] Cibiniak
    June 5, 2018 1:12 pm

    Kenny and I went to school,summers down the shore together. He was part of my wedding,godfather to my son. Over the years we lost touch. I still considered him a good friend.Condolences to his wife,family,and friends.I have and always will miss him. Rest in peace my friend

  34. Michelle Mathis
    June 9, 2018 3:56 pm

    Dearest Patty, I am so sorry that I am just now learning about Kenny’s death. He was always very kind to me. If you don’t remember me we are neighbors. I didn’t realize that you and Kenny went to Cross Point same as me! The dollar fund can do some wonderful things and I’m sure they received many many donations and Kenny memory. My prayers are with you! God bless you, Michelle

  35. Tiffiney Smith
    June 17, 2018 8:17 pm

    We are so very sorry to just hear this news today! You both have been such a sweet example of a loving couple who love your community as well. It was a blessing to know Kenny and still such a blessing to know you, Patty. Love, love, love to you!

  36. Yolanda
    June 26, 2018 1:02 am

    My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one Kenneth. When we lose a loved one, we are left with a void in our life and overwhelming sadness. To help ease our sorrow, our Heavenly Father has given us promises in His word the Bible that provide comfort and hope. One promise is in Revelation 21:4 which says “death will be no more” and another promise is in Acts 24:15 which says “there is going to be a resurrection”. When these scriptures are fulfilled, we will have the hope of never being separated from our loved one again. Titus 1:2 says God “cannot lie” so we can be sure this will happen. Other heartwarming promises from God can be found on

  37. Paul (MOOCH) millar
    September 13, 2018 1:02 pm

    “Rit “truck” We all had nick names growing up in Clifton. The last time I saw him was at our 20 Reunion at The Phil Donahue Show. He was a true friend for many years. Robin Hood Park ,Woodrow Wilson JHS , Clifton high School, and beyond. My heart acked when I found this out today, so many great memories. He would flatten you out on the field an then pick you up an say “good job”. I laugh now because you didn’t stand a chance. A man among children. T he world wont be the same. To this day I can remember his laugh. Rest in peace .

  38. Deborah Frederick
    December 6, 2019 2:35 pm

    I know it’s been over a year, but I just found out about Kenny. Thanks for telling me about his illness. I remember him as a great neighbor and all around fun guy. Kenny will always be remembered fondly. It was good to see you and know you are doing well. Take care.

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