Fred Richter

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Funeral services for Fred Richter, 86, of Timber Lake will be at 2 p.m. MT Friday, January 24, 2014 at the United Parish in Timber Lake. Burial will be at the Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the church on Thursday, January 23. Fred passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Mobridge Regional Hospital. Fred Herman Emil Richter was born August 31, 1927 at home in Frederick to Herman and Hattie (Storm) Richter. As a young child he contracted polio and was sent on a train to Minneapolis for treatments. Fred attended school in Frederick. The family moved 16 miles north of Timber Lake in 1935 and he attended country school in Corson County and completed the eighth grade. He met Mildred Hieb and they were united in marriage at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Timber Lake on September 27, 1953. They were blessed with 60 years. They had many years of good times and hardship, but never complained. To this union were born Susan, Penny, Lyle and Cherie. They raised the kids north of Timber Lake. Fred farmed and ranched all of his life except in 1969 when he worked at the Dewey County Highway Department for a short time. They lived on the home place until October 30, 1992 when they moved into Timber Lake. Ranching was Fred’s life. He was a good steward of the land, livestock and wildlife. Growing up in the dirty 30s he learned to be very frugal and he could make almost anything out of scraps. Fred was a jack of all trades and often would put his own work aside to help others. Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, snowmobiling and spirited horses that would cover the ground. He worked for the Corson County Highway Department in winters when there was a lot of snow; he would take care of his cattle and plow snow late into the night. Fred was involved in the South Dakota Stock Growers Assn. He volunteered many years for the Days of 1910 rodeo running the rough stock return gate, and was a member and officer of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Fred is survived by three daughters— Susan (Jack) Voller of Mobridge, Penny (Mike) Lemburg of Bison, and Cherie (Tim) Leibel of Glencross; a son, Lyle Richter of Timber Lake; grandchildren— Josh (Karan) Lemburg, Hadley (Nicole) Lemburg, Tigh Leibel (Kelly Biegler), Tanner Leibel, Hayley Leibel, and Jaclyn and Marilyn Richter; greatgrandchildren Kendal, Landon, Jaycie, Carter and Brynn Lemburg; two sisters May Torevell and Mary (Gordon) Chalmers; two brothers-inlaw, Norman (Betty) Hieb and Larry (Darlene) Hieb; and sisters-in-law, Irene Stoick and Joann Richter. Preceding Fred in death are his parents, Herman and Hattie; his wife Mildred Richter; father and mother in-law David and Ida (Dikoff) Hieb; brother Ralph Richter; sister-inlaw Leona Cromwell; brothers-inlaw Wilfred “Goo” Stoick, Ralph Forest, Glenn Torevell and Lawrence Cromwell; and a niece, Carol Richter. Casket bearers are his grandchildren Josh Lemburg, Hadley Lemburg, Tigh Leibel, Tanner Leibel, Hayley Leibel, Jaclyn Richter, and Marilyn Richter. Honorary bearers are Henry Takes The Gun, Larry Jacobs, the Golden Living Center Staff and residents, the North Country Friends and Neighbors, and Dr. Josh Henderson. (Lyle Richter’s address is PO Box 34, Timber Lake, SD 57656.)
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