The Celebration of Life for Mr. Ristow is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at Sellars Funeral Home, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service.
Mr. Ristow, 67, of Elmwood, Tenn., passed away on Feb. 19, 2014. Mr. Ristow was born Oct. 19, 1946 in Oshkosh, Wis. He joined the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was stationed in Germany. He received the sharpshooter badge for the Rifle M-14 and the National Defense Service Medal.
After leaving Germany, he went to Fort Campbell, Ky. where he was an instructor. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Spec 5. Mr. Ristow retired from the Kroger Warehouse after 23 years. He was Lutheran in faith.
He is survived by loving wife of 47 years, Donna Boles Ristow; devoted daughter, Ann Ristow; granddaughter, Grace Garcia; grandsons, Teddy Johnson, Will Johnson and Thomas Bogle; best friend and bacon cooker, Stanley Wood of Club Springs; longtime fishing friend, John Barrett of Lebanon; honorary daughter, LaDonna High Brown; coloring buddy, Raeanne Jenkins; 2 DS Player, Hank Jenkins, all of Lebanon; sisters, Jean Lugg, of Phoenix, Ariz. and Janet (Dave) Priebe of Oshkosh; brothers, Bob (Kim) Ristow of Appleton, Wis. and Dr. Ron Ristow of Oconoto Falls, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Sandy Ristow and Lorna Ristow, both of Oshkosh and Billie Boles, Julie (Dr. Adam) Davis and Geneva (Ray) Barrett, both of Lebanon; brothers-in-law, Norman (Barb) Mathe of Derby, Kan., Charles (Dianne) Boles of Gallatin and Clyde Boles of Lebanon; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Mary Lambert, B.W. High, Nathan Donaldson, Jillian and Jerrika Brown; special friends from Highpoint Hospice, Dr. Leila August, Syreeda Smith, Candice Dunaway, Ashley Harris, Jennifer Jenkins, Geneva Barrett, Dr. Thomas Patten and staff, Dr. Rentz Dunn, Dr. Andrew Sager, Dr. Victor Byrd, Dr. Angelo Canonico and Tiffanie Wright and staff; and his beloved English Bulldog, Pudgy.
Mr. Ristow is preceded in death by his parents, Ann “Anna” M. Ristow and Arthur Ristow; sister, Jeanette Mathe; brother, Rich Ristow; nephew, Tim Mathe, all from Oshkosh and in-laws Estelle and Edd Boles, from Lebanon.