In loving memory of

Michael Painter
October 10, 1948 - March 13, 2020

MICHAEL PAINTER
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Michael Painter, 71, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020, at his home.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the American Legion in Muscatine. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Michael was born on October 10, 1948, in Muscatine, the son of Lloyd and Marian Becker Painter. He married Rita Ruffner, on October 5, 1974.

He retired from Public Works as a Sanitation Supervisor after 37 years.

Michael enjoyed playing PlayStation and Hotrods. He was very proud of his orange 2015 Z06 Corvette. Above all, his loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Painter of Muscatine; two children, Richard Mercer and wife, Stephnie, and Tina Cole and husband, Richie, both of Muscatine; three grandchildren, Molly Mercer, Mercedez Cole, and Dekota Cole; and one brother, David Painter and wife, Mary Jane, of Muscatine.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John Painter and wife, Sherry; and one sister, Judy Sanders and husband, Denny.

Tributes

Michele Lane wrote on Mar 27, 2020:

"Rita and Family, So sorry to hear about the loss of Mike. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Michele Lane"

Craig wrote on Mar 27, 2020:

"Went to High School with Mike, always a good friend and great guy, so sorry Rita for your loss...Craig"

Larry Swafford wrote on Mar 27, 2020:

"RIP MIKE, SO SO SORRY TO HEAR THIS. RITA I DIDN'T KNOW. MY CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS TO YOU BOTH. I FEEL ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER IS NOW GONE. ALL SEEMS SO QUICK. GOD BLESS YOU RITA AND NOW HE AND RED CAN BE TOGETHER AGAIN. I AM TAKEN BACK TO SAY THE LEAST. I PRAY TODAY FOR YOU AND FOR MIKE. "

John Davidson wrote on Mar 18, 2020:

"So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was a good guy and a good boss! Tamy and I are thinking of you Rita. John Davidson and Tamy Bloomhuff"

Eldon Jr. And Debbie Ballenger wrote on Mar 18, 2020:

"To Rita And All The Family Of Mike, My wife and I are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one...You All please take care during this very sad time... Eldon Jr. and Debbie Ballenger"

Diana edwards wrote on Mar 16, 2020:

"Sincere sympathy to Rita and her family. Always remember the good memories you shared. "

Diana edwards wrote on Mar 16, 2020:

"Deepest sympathy to Rita and family. Always remember the good times you shared."

Charlene (Volkl) Whitlock wrote on Mar 16, 2020:

"My condolences to Dave and all the family and friends of Michael. May you and your families of Michael find comfort in their faith and fond memories of Michael."

Debbie (DeKeyrel) Beatty wrote on Mar 16, 2020:

"Rick & Family, My sincere condolences to you & your family. Hold tight to your memories, they will bring you strength and peace. Debbie (DeKeyrel) Beatty "