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Brian Rittel



Dr. Brian Kirby Rittel was born September 5, 1975, in Colorado Springs, Colorado and passed away in the presence of his loving family on February 15, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.


Brian graduated from Des Moines North High School in 1993.


He worked for Ruan Transportation from 1999 to 2012 as a customer service representative.

Brian was employed as a pharmacy technician at Iowa Methodist Medical Center and then he realized of his calling to be a pharmacist. He attended the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and graduated in 2019. Then he worked as a pharmacist in both Kentucky and Iowa.


Brian is survived by his wife, Maria Howlett Rittel, son Forrest Rittel, granddaughter, Ramona Rittel, parents Ron and Marilyn Rittel, brother Dan (Mary) Rittel, nephew Austin Rittel and niece Samantha Allen, all of Des Moines. He is also survived by extended family and friends.


Brian had a passion for Star Wars, comic books and Kentucky Wildcats football. He was a warm, caring person who loved his wife, his son, and family.


Donations can be made in Brian’s memory to the ARL or given to his son, Forrest Rittel, to be put towards a college fund for his granddaughter.


A private family scattering of ashes will be held later.

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