John J. Ritonya, III

John J. Ritonya, III

October 1, 1969 – October 15, 2019

John lost his battle with Amyloidosis on October 15, 2019.  He was a courageous fighter to the very end.

John was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating from Bryan High School in 1987.  Most recently, John worked at Woodhouse Nissan, but spent several years at Nissan of Omaha, working as a service advisor.  He was well loved by his co-workers and customers alike.

He had several passions, including his children, his family and friends, and music.  He was well known in the Omaha music community, playing bass guitar in the band, SideCar69.  One of John’s favorite pastimes was going to concerts with his wife and friends.  He loved the band, R.E.M., and was an avid Nebraska football fan.  He took great pride in being a fun-loving uncle, but above all, he was a dedicated husband, father, and son.

Preceded in death by grandparents, John Ritonya, Sr., Larry and Marianne Clark; aunts, Peggy Freemyer-Fritz and Joyce Daniels; and cousin, Donnie Freemyer.  Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Jennifer (Russell) Ritonya; children: Ethan, Eric, Harrison and Emma; mother, Nancy Johnson (George); father, John Ritonya, Jr.; brother, Jeff (Megan) Ritonya (Megan) and their children, Cassidy and Olivia; grandmother, Rose Hanel (Frank); father and mother-in-law, Roger and Judy Russell; Jennifer’s grandmother, Dona Russell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cindy Vandevort (Justin), Chris Russell (Sarah), Amanda Micek (Brad), and Mike Russell (Samantha); numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Faith Westwood United Methodist Church, 4814 Oaks Lane, Omaha, NE.  Funeral services will be Monday, October 21, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Westwood United Methodist Church.  Interment:  Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, 2300 S. 78th Street, Omaha, NE 68124.  Memorials are suggested to the Ritonya Children’s Education Fund.




  • Kelly Kuszak Paxton Posted October 17, 2019 4:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  • Kim & Scott Dugan Posted October 17, 2019 9:11 am

    Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Mike Wieczorek Jr Posted October 17, 2019 9:12 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time

  • Kay Rinn Posted October 17, 2019 9:40 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss John tremendously. My prayers continue for you and the family..

  • Michelle Flair Posted October 17, 2019 10:34 am

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers! John was one in a million and he will never be forgotten! XOX

  • Dick and Anne Audas Posted October 17, 2019 12:22 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ritonya family. During these hard times, remember the good times.

  • Michael and Julie Hansen Posted October 17, 2019 1:02 pm

    Out thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for you loss.

  • Christina Kadlec Posted October 17, 2019 3:14 pm

    To Jennifer & Kids, My heart is breaking for you. I am holding you in my heart, sending healing and comfort your way. Ryan and I are here to help if there is anything we can do for you. Blessings and love!

  • Gary and Barb Miller Posted October 17, 2019 3:44 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go to the family. Such a great loss for you all, we grieve along with you.

  • Teeyl M Chapman Posted October 17, 2019 7:36 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Cheryl Nygren Posted October 18, 2019 11:01 am

    Jennifer, I am so sad to hear of John’s passing. He was a special guy and I thought the world of him. I am praying for peace for you and the family. Psalm 34:18 says the Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those crushed in spirit.
    Call on his name and he will comfort you in your hour of need. Know that many others share your sorrow.

  • Kevin Bisignano Posted October 18, 2019 3:24 pm

    I will always love you like a brother. I’m glad we grew up in the same neighborhood and to have known you for almost my entire life. I will miss you.

  • Markie means Posted October 18, 2019 3:35 pm

    I worked with John at woodhouse. There wasn’t a single customer that he wouldn’t tell about how great his kids and wife were. He was a fun guy to be around and will be missed.

  • Tracy Viled Posted October 18, 2019 8:41 pm

    John was the epitome of husband, father, son and friend. He touched so many lives including mine. I am so very sorry your beautiful lives together were cut short. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and will try and be there anytime needed. Love you always, Tracy

  • Lori McFerrin Posted October 19, 2019 8:23 am

    So sorry for you loss. my prayers are with you all. John will always live on in music.

  • Sue Gustafson-Kriegler Posted October 19, 2019 8:58 am

    Sending prayers to the family. Sorry for your loss.

  • Dan Brennan Posted October 19, 2019 9:29 am

    I’ll never forget our trip to Kansas City to see REM and Sonic Youth. Was such a good time! John was always good for a laugh. So sorry for your loss.

  • Sandee Smith Posted October 19, 2019 9:41 am

    My deepest condolences to the family. My prayers are with all of you at this hard time. John will be very missed. He will now carry all of you on his wings.

  • Dave Carver Posted October 19, 2019 12:59 pm

    John was my Service Adviser at the Nissan dealership, and he was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and customer oriented. I always looked forward to talking with John. He was truly the best at what he did! My condolences to his family.

  • Joel Mickells Posted October 20, 2019 1:49 am

    I’ve known John since 2013 through Sidecar69 being a fan of the band thanks to the former singer Frank Pivonka. From the day I first met John I could instantly tell what a great guy he was. Always fun to be around, always a gentleman to anybody and everybody, always got along with everybody. He will be deeply missed. My deepest condolences to his family

  • Ivory Welbourn Posted October 20, 2019 9:12 am

    John was my service advisor at Nissan of Omaha. In fact I would request him. He was customer oriented and helpful. He always talked about his wife and children. He enjoyed them and loved talking about them. I am sad to hear about the loss of John and send my condolences to his family and friends.

  • Nathan Burgess Posted October 21, 2019 12:22 pm

    Condolences to the family.

  • Maria Fountain Posted October 21, 2019 2:19 pm

    John was my service adviser at Nissan of Omaha for 3 years. He was the most friendliest person I came in contact with. When ever something did go right he made it right. Very informative and helpful. He share many stories about his beautiful wife and amazing children. My heart is so heavy but to know he’s with God gives me peace. I’m praying for his family and everyone who loved him.

  • Karla Posted October 22, 2019 9:05 am

    John was my service adviser at Stan Olsen Nissan until he left Omaha Nissan. He always took care of me and made sure I got what I needed done to keep my car running smoothly. He was truly a kind spirited person. He always talked about his beautiful family and his love for music because we had that in common. John you will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family! Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. May God continue to keep you all through this difficult time.

  • Kevin and Mary Duffy Posted October 22, 2019 10:31 am

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the lost of John. His suffering is over. He will be missed by many. RIP John for a life well lived.

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