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Donald "Don" Richter

Donald "Don" Richter

The Mass of Christian Burial for Donald "Don" Richter of Wadena, will be held at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at St. Anns Catholic Church in Wadena with Father Aaron Kuhn as celebrant. Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Anns Parish Center, with Prayers at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Don passed away unexpectedly, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at the age of 83 years.

Donald Hugo Richter was born to Peter and Margaret (Hopp) Richter on May 27, 1930, in Wadena County, MN.

Don was united in marriage with Margaret Ann Brockpahler on July 15, 1952 in Bluegrass. He honorably served his country during the Korean War from 1951-1953. In 1957 he purchased his dairy farm in Compton Township and resided there until his passing.

Don was a member of Saint Anns Catholic Church, was regional director of FGBMF and involved in mission trips to Russia, England and Central America. He was elected to the House of Representatives and served three terms from 1984-1990. Don was also an active member of Farm Bureau.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret; siblings, Ray, Bob, Ed, Ellie Roggenkamp; and grandson, Brett Richter. He is survived by sons, Larry (Ruth), Jerry, Randy (Vicki), of Wadena, Eugene (Sherry) of Sioux Falls, SD., Kevin of Halstad, Leon (Kathryn) of Ramsey and Chuck (Kay) of Cold Spring; daughters, Cheryl (Joseph) Smith of Blaine, and Beth (Paul) Singh of Rogers; 31 grandchildren, 2 great-grandsons; siblings, Jim (Ginny), Jack (Judy), Arnie (Caroline); Veronica Behmen, Mary Lehmkuhl, Jane (Ervin) Weber, and Sophie Roser.

Honorary Pallbearers are his grandchildren. Active Pallbearers are Joshua Richter, Nathan Richter, John-Paul Singh, Leon Ford Richter, John-Mark Singh, John-Luke Singh, Ian Olson and Andrew Richter.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Wadena.

The family requests all memorials be made to Reach Out Village Ministries in honor of Don Richter. Reach Out Village Ministries, Foundation For Hope In Africa, Inc., 2411 Bloedel Ave., Weston, WI 54476 (with "Reach Out Village" on the memo line) or go to

Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Home in Wadena. (