Louis Gerard Richert

June 16, 1929January 4, 2021
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Louis Gerard Richert, loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on January 4, 2021 in Ames, IA. Lou was born on June 16, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA to Louis and Armella (Beuhler) Richert. He was one of four siblings and the father of three children. Lou will be remembered as a man who led a simple life but was a generous and appreciative person. He was one of the most genuine and kind people you would ever meet. He had a beautiful gift of building and maintaining relationships. He married Thelma “Bunny” Richert on April 22, 1950 in Washington DC. She was the love of his life! They met at the FBI, where they were both working at the time. In 1956, they moved to Sheldon, Iowa and then to Ames in 1963. Lou worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation for 45 years before retiring on September 11, 2001.

Lou was an active member of St. Cecilia’s Parish in Ames and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight. He was a volunteer with Special Olympics, and most recently, the Christian Family Movement.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma, and siblings Audrey Soltez and Lois Richert and his parents.

He is survived by his three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Children are: Judy Percival and Dan Quigley of Kiawah Island, SC; Tom and Kim Richert of Burlington, IA; and Bob and Charlotte Richert of Tulsa, OK. The seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren include: Melissa and Matthew Brown, and Gabriel; Mollie Richert; Allison Richert and Noah; Luke Richert and Neecy Lozic; Brandon Richert; Teresa and Cody Forehand, and Warren and Julia; and Dominic and Hannah Richert. His youngest brother, Bill, still lives in Pennsylvania.

Lou was a blessing to all who knew him and is dearly missed. He was an honorable, dedicated and loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was deeply devoted to his faith and cherished his relationships with his church family. He treasured time with family and spent much of his time volunteering, playing cards, crossword puzzles, and bowling. He liked his coffee (tongue-burning hot) and had an appreciation for good food. His curious mind kept up with local, national, and world events. A newspaper and a dictionary were always nearby. His background as an accountant served him well as he kept meticulous records of family and friends and what was happening in their lives; he never missed a birthday. His home was a place where others were always welcome and his warmth and good nature will still be felt there. He left his mark on so many people, instilled his work ethic and values, and positively influenced family and friends who were blessed with the good fortune to know him. We pray for his eternal peace.

A visitation will be held at Steven’s Memorial Chapel on Friday, January 8, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by a time of sharing. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. Interment will take place at Ames Municipal Cemetery following the service. Memorials may be directed to St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church or Mayo Clinic.


  • Louis Richert, Father (deceased)
  • Armella (Beuhler) Richert, Mother (deceased)
  • Thelma "Bunny" Richert, Wife (deceased)
  • Judy Percival (Dan Quigley), Daughter
  • Tom Richert (Kim Richert), Son
  • Bob Richert (Charlotte Richert), Son
  • Audrey Soltez, Sister (deceased)
  • Lois Richert, Sister (deceased)
  • Bill Richert, Brother
  • The seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren include: Melissa and Matthew Brown, and Gabriel; Mollie Richert; Allison Richert and Noah; Luke Richert and Neecy Lozic; Brandon Richert; Teresa and Cody Forehand, and Warren and Julia; and Dominic and Hannah Richert.


  • Visitation

    Friday, January 8, 2021


  • Rosary

    Friday, January 8, 2021


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, January 9, 2021



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Emmett and Mary Stevermer

January 10, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Lou's death. He was always so willing to substitute for us at Adoration. We always enjoyed visiting with him. What a special fellow!
With sympathy to all his family,
The Stevermers

Gary and Kay Aitchison

January 10, 2021

Lou was a delightful man. He was a valuable member of St. Cecilia Parish. He was always so involved in service. He made a great contribution to so many and was a wonderful member of CFM. He will be missed.

Mollie Richert

January 9, 2021

If anyone is unable to make it to the funeral today but would like interact with family/ friends during or after the funeral, you can use the Zoom account listed below.

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Jim Twetten

January 9, 2021

I had the privilege of delivering services to him recently. He always greeted me with a smile. A very kind man.

Stanley Dorr

January 8, 2021

Tom, Bob and Judy,
Your father was my favorite uncle. I am sorry to hear of your loss, it is never easy.

Uncle Lou and Aunt Thelma were a godsend send to me while I was going to college in Ames. They provided me with a place to live for a while and Lou helped me get a summer job in the computer department of the Iowa Highway Department. In the middle of summer, I had fled my summer job in Chicago following a shooting in the street outside of where I was living. It was not safe to stay. With no place to go, I drove to Ames and they took me in. I am forever grateful for the support they provided.

Deb Coles

January 8, 2021

I worked with Lou for years at the DOT. He was always smiling, playing cards at noon over lunch, a very kind man. He will be missed. May God guide you through this difficult time.

Karen Twedt

January 7, 2021

Always enjoyed playing bridge with Lou at the Senior Center. He was a true gentleman.

Richard Schnormeier

January 7, 2021

One day at the IDOT Lou got his car stuck in a snow drift during a blizzard at the North Annex ( old St. Cecilia school). I was told by our director to take an end loader to help him. Against company policy, I agreed. I told Lou to hook up the chain to his car so that any damage would be his doing . He hooked to the rear bumper. I asked if he was sure he wanted to do that. He said YES. The look on his face as the bumper pulled off was memorable. We then got him unstuck my way. 20 years later he recalled the story at Hy Vee, thanking me yet again. His smile & positive attitude at work were an inspiration to all.

Lynn & Terry Franco

January 7, 2021

We remember Lou at St. Cecilia Parish. He would sit in the back of church and as we'd pass he'd always say "hi Lynn and Terry, how are you today?" - such a nice, caring man.

He never refused Terry when a sub was needed for Adoration. He was always there. God Bless you, Lou - you are with Bunny again.

Toni Whitman

January 7, 2021

Dear Judy,

We are so sorry to read of your father's death. And are so very sorry that we never had the chance to meet him. We know from you how special he was and how you loved him.

We have missed seeing you in recent years and wish this was a better time to see you.

With sympathy to your family and love to you, Toni and Bill