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OBIT: Darla Ritter Davidson, 58, of Charles City

This news story was published on July 31, 2019.
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Darla Ritter Davidson, 58, of Charles City, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice in Mason City.

A funeral service for Darla Ritter Davidson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Russ Leeper officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2019 at Hauser Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Darla Kay Ritter, the daughter of Donald and LaVonne (Buttjer) Ritter, was born on January 2, 1961 in Charles City, Iowa. She graduated from Greene High School in 1978 (where she participated in band and a variety of sports) and received an associate’s degree at Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls. Darla married her companion of 14 years, David Davidson, on July 25, 2019.

Darla and her sister-in-law Jodi operated JoDar Designs sewing unique fabrics and leather goods. She worked as a Pizza Hut Manager, bar tending in Iowa Falls, and traveled around the Midwest with Olan Mills Photography. Darla operated heavy machinery with the DOT and advanced to quality control inspector for roads across Iowa. She most recently was a semi-truck driver hauling grains for farms.

She was a member of Nashua Trail Riders and an avid fan of Chuck Wagon Races. She loved horses, was an excellent trainer, showed horses for 4-H in the Floyd County Fair, and fearless of horses. Darla absolutely loved her two dogs, Britchen and Kayden Inde. In her pastime, she was a rock hound, passionate about music, and loved riding motorcycles and listening to her friends crack one off.

Living family members include her husband, David; brother, Donald Ritter of Greene; sister, Diane Ritter of Greene; nieces: Bethany (Dylan) Christensen and daughter Charly, Megan (Cory) Ginther and daughters Riley and Myla, and Daylene Ritter; sister-in-law, Jodi (Larry “Willard” Milleson) Hammond-Milleson; brothers-in-law: Mike (Rebecca) Davidson, Fred (Rae Ann) Davidson, John (Ava) Davidson, and Steve Davidson; sister-in-law, Rebecca Wigant; along with many more nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and LaVonne Ritter; brother, Douglas “Critter” Paul Ritter; and brother-in-law, Keith Davidson.

Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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