Henry Albert Rittenhouse

May 29, 1983 ~ June 15, 2019 (age 36)


Henry Albert Rittenhouse was born on May 29th 1983 in Seattle, WA to Barbara Lynn Snellgrove and David Rittenhouse Jr. and was killed in a hit and run accident on June 15th 2019 in Klamath Falls, OR. 

As a child he was diagnosed with Leukemia and underwent chemo-therapy treatment. He was successful in overcoming cancer and he was able to live a full life in becoming a strong man. He never complained and was always a doer.

As an an adult, he received his AA in Natural Resources at Klamath Community College and later, he attended Oregon Institute of Technology. However, his real passion was for flowers and vegetable gardens. He was a master gardener with great vision and artistry and tried to make all his works complimentary of their setting. He loved Klamath Falls in all its beauty and the quiet mountain life.  He enjoyed the natural beauty and seeing the good in things. His work can be seen around some of the gardens and yards throughout Klamath Falls. He was a loving, kind, generous, respectful person who donated time and effort to helping in causes he believed in. 

He spent his entire life developing close bonds with those who he loved and with the people who he believed loved him the most. He was never worried about superficial things that would bother the average person. His appearance could never reveal the true measure of his heart or determination. His actions were always a result of the deep thoughtful state in which he lived his life. He didn’t wear his heart on his sleeve, but instead, he wore a three piece suit of emotion which would radiate his stance on any given issue. Always deep in thought, his actions could have been viewed as impulsive, but at deeper glance, there was reasoning behind his actions which were not verbally expressed. That which is showed through intentions can be far more profound than any words can express. He cared about the well-being of the people closest to him, more than himself. The chapters of his life were dedicated to helping others to the point of self-deprivation and when he had no more to give, he would do anything to get more in order to give more. 

He will be greatly missed. He filled the lives of those around him with love and joy and he was truly a unique individual, who has left at the young age of 36 years.

He is survived by his 91 year old Grandmother, Taeko Snellgrove; mother, Barbara Lawson; Stepfather, Dan Lawson; childhood sweetheart and fiancé, Venessa Swedlund; and siblings, Zachariah C. Davies, David Allen Rittenhouse, and Amber R. Parker. 

For anyone who wants to pay last respects to his vessel, he is laid to rest at the Oakwood Hill Cemetery in Tacoma, WA.

Special thanks to Max at Affordable Cremation Care in Klamath Falls OR. 

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