The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

December 17, 2013

Our View: Worth more, much more

A comment made by the son of an 87-year-old Carthage man beaten and stabbed this past week is hard to forget.

“Your life’s not worth much if it’s only worth a bottle of pills,” a stunned and grieving Denny Ritchhart said upon learning the possible motive in the brutal killing of his father, Raymond Ritchhart.

Two people have been charged in connection with Ritchhart’s death. A probable-cause affidavit states they allegedly were in Ritchhart’s home seeking to steal prescription medication.

It’s another in a string of shocking and senseless murders we’ve reported on in recent months. And the news never gets any easier. Especially for family members.

We never met Raymond Ritchhart, but we know he was a retired farmer, a World War II veteran and a man who had moved into town so he could be close to his wife, who was in a nursing home. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather.

Denny Ritchhart told us his father was very trusting. And why not? Good people have no reason to believe they can’t trust others.

He was buried Saturday at a small rural cemetery east of Jasper.

He should be remembered for all the good things in life he did, and his family, we hope, will be able to take comfort in that.

Denny Ritchhart knew how much his father’s life was really worth. And that’s why his death hurts us all so much.

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