Thomas Riter

64

Yankton, South Dakota

November 21, 2021

Thomas “Tom” Alan Riter, 64, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at his home in Yankton, South Dakota.

A celebration of life service was Thursday, Dec. 2, at Calvary Baptist Church, Yankton, with a family burial service at a later date in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

Tom was born March 27, 1957, to Charles and Letha (Haldeman) Riter. He grew up in Rock Rapids where he graduated from Central Lyon High School in 1975. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and attended Brown Institute, where he graduated in 1981. He spent time at KORN Radio in Mitchell, South Dakota; KKAA Radio in Aberdeen, South Dakota; KFKA Radio in Greeley, Colorado; and KELO Radio in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He served as a news director, farm and ranch news director and reporter. He also covered sports, often providing live play-by-play commentary. He joined the news team at WNAX in Yankton in 1999. He served as the lead agriculture reporter and editor and news reporter for drive-time and overnight news coverage. 

Survivors include his son, Jake Riter of Yankton, and two brothers, Lee Riter of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, and Robert Riter of Fort Myers, Florida. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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