Marvin W. Richter, 81

Marvin Wesley Richter, age 81, of Norwood Young America, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at the Auburn Home in Waconia.

He was born Dec. 3, 1933, in Springfield Township of Kossuth County, IA, the son of Otto and Mary (Adams) Richter. Marvin was baptized Jan. 14, 1934, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elmore, and confirmed in the faith at the same church Aug. 3, 1947.

He was a graduate of the Elmore High School and the Dunwoody Industrial Institute.

Marvin was inducted in the United States Army Aug. 23, 1956, where he served until his honorable discharge May 28, 1958, at Fort Rucker, AL. Marvin was awarded the Rifle Sharpshooter medal.

He was united in marriage with Mary E. Johnson May 1, 1971, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.

For over 50 years, Marvin owned and operated Richter Electric. He loved working with his hands, and was known to be able to fix almost everything.

He cherished the time spent at the family cabin on Big Lake near Richmond, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially the time spent on the ice spearing. Marvin was a past member of the Rusty Greenback’s trapshooting team. He also enjoyed playing Sheephead and teaching his family how to play cards.

As a longtime member of the Norwood Young America Lions Club, Marvin was a Helen Keller award recipient, and was also named a Melvin Jones Fellow. He left his blueprint all over the community through his work and volunteer efforts.

A devoted husband, Marvin also loved being a father and grandfather. He’ll be remembered for his willingness to help others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Mary Richter.

Marvin is survived by his loving family: wife Mary of Norwood Young America; children Jason Richter of Sartell, Wendy (Mark) Roepke of Prior Lake, and Brett (Jenny) Richter of New Germany; and grandchildren Cory Richter, Taylor Bentz, Cole Roepke, Cade Roepke, Mya Richter and Aiden Richter.

He is further survived by sisters and brother Lavonne (Clayton) Wolf of North Mankato, Donald (Janet) Richter of Onamia, and Jeanette Eichhorn of Elmore; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Gary and Julie Johnson of Minneapolis, Roxanne and Donald Fritz of Norwood Young America, Dwight and Sue Johnson of Minneapolis, Robyn and Rick Stangeland, and Dawn and Jim Berge, all of Norwood Young America; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America with the Rev. David Winter officiating. Interment was in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 6:45 p.m., and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the service.

Serving as casket bearers were Russell Braun, Allen Tollakson, Robert Shanahan, Jim Berge, Tim Irvin, and Don Fritz; and as honorary casket bearer, Norm Blasius.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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