Roland RiesRetired pastorThe Rev. Roland A. Ries, a...


July 12, 1993

Roland Ries

Retired pastor

The Rev. Roland A. Ries, a retired Lutheran minister who had been the pastor of several Carroll County churches, died Thursday of renal failure at York Hospital in York, Pa. He was 76.

He retired in 1985 after 22 years as pastor of the former Silver Run Lutheran Parish churches of St. Matthew's and St. Mary's, both in Pleasant Valley near Westminster.

Mr. Ries began his pastoral career in 1945 at the old Zion Lutheran Church in Hamilton, which he desegregated in 1955. He left the church in 1958, and it closed in 1990.

He was the director of parish education and youth work for the former Maryland Lutheran Synod from 1958 to 1963 and was the director of its summer school, conducted at Hood College. In 1959 he became the first director of the Camp and Conference Center at Mar-Lu Ridge in the Frederick County community of Jefferson.

He also was the Protestant chaplain on the hospital ship Hope in 1968.

After his retirement, he performed volunteer work for the library of the Lutheran Theological College in Makumira, Tanzania, from 1985 to 1987. He also was an administrative assistant at the University of Nations, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and participated in the University Outreach Program in the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan from 1988 to 1989.

He was born in Chicago and came to Baltimore in 1929 when his father became pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church on East Monument Street. He was a 1934 graduate of City College and received his bachelor's degree in political science and economics in 1937 from Johns Hopkins University.

Following his graduation he became an interviewer for the Gallup Organization from 1939 to 1942, then returned to school to receive a divinity degree from the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1945. He earned a master's in education from Hopkins in 1966.

His wife, the former Ilona Reichl whom he married in 1943, said her husband was an avid reader who maintained an interest in world affairs. At the time of his death, he had satisfied the credit requirements for a doctoral degree in human development.

He was fond of saying, "I go to the library like some folks go t the saloon," Mrs. Ries said.

The couple traveled widely, visiting Europe and the Far East, and were active participants in the Elderhostel program.

Mr. Ries was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster and was a former member of the Maryland Mountain Club. He also served on the board and was a founder of the Carroll Lutheran Village, a retirement home and health center built in 1980.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St., Westminster.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Lawrence ERies of Rockville and Daniel R. Ries of Belmont, Mass.; a daughter, Helen C. Ries of Charleston, W.Va.; a brother, Eugene Ries of Geneva, Switzerland; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the York Hospital Dialysis Center, 410 Pine Grove Commons, York, Pa. 17403.

Charles P. Rithman

U.S. Army lieutenant

Charles Paul Rithman, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant, died of heart failure Thursday at North Arundel Hospital. He was 82.

Born and raised in Washington, Mr. Rithman served in the Arm for 33 years before retiring in 1958. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart, having been shot in the arm and leg during World War II.

After his retirement, Mr. Rithman moved to Glen Burnie where h worked for the Chuck Wagon Diner, driving a coffee truck and ice cream truck.

He also worked as a bartender for several Glen Burnie tavern before retiring in the early 1970s.

Mr. Rithman spent much of his time at his favorite hobby of fishing, family members said. He was also a member of American Legion Post No. 40, former commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 160, both in Glen Burnie, and former grand commander of the Military Order of the Cooties.

A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Singleto Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. SW in Glen Burnie.

He is survived by four sons, Charles D. Rithman, John P Rithman, Edward F. Rithman and Harry R. Rithman, all of Glen Burnie; three daughters, Rosemary L. Mounts of Glen Burnie, and Maryetta L. Baquol and Gloria M. Procopio, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Isabelle Graham and Catherine Winters, both of Washington; 27 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

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