Grace and Orville Ritzman were both born and raised in the Flathead Valley, Grace in Polson, MT and Orville or "Snooks" as he was called, in Kalispell, MT. They loved Montana, and were avid fishermen and snowmobilers.

They never had children of their own, but Grace, especially, had a soft spot in her heart for little kids, specifically kids that had to struggle through life, doing without things that they really needed. That sense of caring has resulted in the Grace and Orville Ritzman Children's Fund.