Arthur Richter, 91, Albert Lea

Published 9:12 am Monday, February 25, 2013

Funeral services for Arthur H.C. Richter will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mansfield Lutheran Church. The Rev. Don Rose will officiate. Interment will be at Concordia Pickerel Lake Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Arthur Richter

Arthur Richter

Art died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Arthur Herman Carl Richter was born on March 2, 1921, to George and Ella (Bruiske) Richter on the family farm near Alden. He attended country school and was baptized and confirmed at Concordia Pickerel Lake Lutheran Church. On June 18, 1944, Arthur was united in marriage to Alma Ohm at Concordia Pickerel Lake Lutheran Church. Art spent many years farming. He was a dairy farmer and also raised Pony of America and appaloosa horses. He was a mechanic out of his own shop on the farm for a number of years and was a wonderful woodworker. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping and watching TV. Art worked as a mechanic at Sime’s Implement-Kiester, sold Amzoil products, Farm Bureau batteries and tires, and Sooner Horse trailers. Art was a member of Mansfield Lutheran Church. He bowled on a league in Kiester and played dartball with Mansfield Lutheran. Art loved to socialize with friends; he was the Puzzle Man at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

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Survivors include his children Dennis Richter, Jane (LaVerne) Friedman, Carolyn Vangen and Gary (Stephanie) Richter; grandchildren Melanie (Jason) Jacobs, Melissa (Albert) Morua, Larry Richter, Steve (Betty) Friedman, Sue (Doug) Altman, Karen (Gary) Hellmers, John (Renee Bartsch) DePoppe, Lacinda Heimdal, Jeffrey (Christine) Sanvik, Philip (Nicole Bergo) Richter and Eric Richter; great-grandchildren McCoy, McQuade, Isaac, Presley, Justice, Emery, Cody, Carter, Matthew, Rachel, Brittney, Michael, Holly (Alex), Connor and Carson; siblings, Harry Richter, Fern (Marvin) Drescher, Ray Richter, Erma Colvin and Elnora (Nels) Christianson; sister-in-law Gilma Richter; and many nieces and nephews.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alma; son-in-law Jim Vangen; siblings Marie (George) Wacholz, Clara (George) Reblien, Minnie (George) Jacobson, Freda (Walter) Jahnke, Donald Richter and Elmer Richter; and brother-in-law Howard Colvin.