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Family of Packers fans honor late patriarch

Posted: 5:53 PM, Oct 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-14 20:20:44-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- The Ritter family has relatives from all over the country in Green Bay for Monday night’s big game to remember their father and grandfather, Robert Ritter.

Ritter would have been 96 last week. He passed away in March. The family decided to get together to remember him at Monday night’s game, the closest game to his birthday. Ritter's son, Dan, says they wanted to do something special in his dad's memory. His dad raised him and his siblings to be Packers fans, and they raised their kids with the love for the green and gold. It continues getting passed down from generation to generation.

In fact, back in 2011, there were four generations of Ritters at the Packers-Bears game at Lambeau Field. Today, the Ritters are hoping for a win in honor of him.

"He'd be so happy. He'd be so happy,” said Dan Ritter. “And I'm sure he's looking down from heaven and enjoying this as much as we are."

The Ritter family is hoping to make this a new family tradition each year. They're planning to come to Green Bay and watch a game at Lambeau in honor of Robert.