Orville Dale Richter, 92, left us to be with his Lord and Savior, dying on Nov.11, 2021, as a resident of the Knife River Care Center in Beulah, ND. Services will be held at 2:00 PM CST, Monday, November 15, 2021, at Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah with Pastor Dennis Ristvedt officiating. Burial will follow in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery, Stanton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Orville was born the 3rd child of Joseph and Alma (Krecklau) Richter on the family farm near Krem, ND. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith in the German Lutheran Church. He was raised on the family farm, attended school in Krem and Hazen completing the 10th grade. He met Martha Miller, the love of his life, on a hot summer day in 1943 while swimming with friends at the Beulah city park. After dating for 3 years, Martha and her family moved to Odessa, Washington. Orville would not let that be and made a trip out to Washington and brought Martha back to Stanton where she lived with Orville’s parents working at the family owned Richter’s Red & White Grocery Store. Orville & Martha were married on Aug. 22, 1948 at the Stanton Salem Lutheran Church. They bought a home and raised 4 children in Stanton where they resided for 64 years. In 2013 they sold the family home and moved to Hazen where Martha passed away in April of 2015. Orville resided in Hazen both at Crescent Manor and Sakakawea Senior Suites until December of 2019 when he move into the Knife River Care Center. While at both facilities he met old and new friends and good, caring individuals and was very appreciative, in his own way, for keeping him safe and comfortable under a very difficult situation. To all his care givers, there are so many, Thank You!!
Orville was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Stanton and served on the church council many years. He was also the local Cub Scout Master which was sponsored by the church. He served on the Stanton Civic Club, the City Council and Fire Department. He was active in his children’s education serving on the Parent Teacher Association and Stanton Public School Music Club working on the many projects.
Orville had many forms of employment, working in the family grocery store business, farming, over the road truck driver, working in the construction of the Garrison Dam, the Basin Electric Leland Olds Station and the Stanton Great River Energy UPA Station. He owned and operated the Mobil Gas Station in Stanton and retired as the Maintenance/Janitor supervisor at the Mercer County Court House and Social Service Office in Stanton. Retiring in 1996, Orville and Martha traveled around the USA visiting relatives and friends, finally purchasing a camper, joining the Good Sam’s Club and enjoying camping with family and friends.
Orville is survived by his children, Marvin (Irene) Richter, Hazen, Ronald (Vonette) Richter, Lakeville MN, and Karen (Delon) Bohrer, Hazen; son-in-law, Mike Zaijicek, Zimmerman MN; 11 Grandchildren, Eric Richter, Kayla (Andrew) Duncan, Michelle (Russell) Kostreba, Amanda Gore (Jason Farris), Mark Richter, Andrew (Margaret) Richter, Paul (Amy) Richter, Jenna Richter, Alicia (Alex) Johnson, Adam Bohrer and Angela (Justin) Prois; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha (Miller) Richter, daughter, Sharon (Gore) Zaijicek, son-in-law, Ronald Gore, parents, brother, Melvin Richter, sisters, Ruth Atkinson and Jean Stiefel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Sakakawea Hospice program or the Bleeding Disorders Alliance of ND, P.O. Box 548, Fargo, ND. 58107.
Arrangements conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Hazen and Beulah.
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