Marsh Funeral Home


Theodore C. Richter

February 7, 1941October 4, 2015

Theodore Carl “Papa Ted” Richter, 74, went to be with the Lord on October 4, 2015. He died at Advocate Condell Hospital from natural causes. He was surrounded by loving family members.

Ted was born on February 7, 1941 and grew up in North Chicago, IL. He graduated form North Chicago High School in 1960 where he excelled in football and wrestling. This is when his passion for cars began. In his younger years, he volunteered for the North Chicago Fire Department. He owned Lakeland Bus Lines for many years. For the past 25 years, he has owned JR's Wrecker Services in Waukegan, IL.

He was a man who lived life to the fullest; he worked hard, played hard and had a generous heart. His passions were hunting, racing snowmobiling, and four wheeling. But most of all, collecting, racing, and working on cars. At Waukegan Speedway he became known as the “Flying Fatman” and was the 1974 track champion. Following that, he became a proud sponsor and driver at the Lake County Fair Demolition Derby for over 20 years. In his later years, his favorite place was his lakehouse in Stephenson, Michigan where he spent time with family, friends, and most importantly, his grandkids.

He is preceded in death by parents, William and Genevieve (nee O’Dette) Richter and his brother, William Richter, Jr. He is survived by his children, Kellie (Jeff) Indlecoffer, Ted (Susan) Richter, Jodi (Jim) Bacon, Cindy Richter, and Chris (Brandy) Spaulding. He was the proud grandfather of Johnny, Sarah, and Leah Indlecoffer, Kent, Kevin, and Brett Richter, Lanie and Lindy Bacon, Emma, Alli, and Chase Spaulding. Fiancee Marge Balicki and her children, Tom and Margie. Long-time friend of the late Don “Bumpa” Herson, Keith Borg, Pat Barbee, and Mike Shauer.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 9, 2015 from 5-9pm and Saturday, October 10th from 9-10am with a funeral service at 10am at Marsh Funeral Home in Gurnee. Burial at Warren Cemetery and luncheon to follow at Immanuel Church.


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Tom Schardt

October 13, 2015

Throughout our high school years Ted was my best friend. He was a super guy with a sense of humor and it was fun to be with him. Ted was the President of our Senior Class and was always someone who could be trusted to keep his word. I am grateful that my wife and I had the opportunity to spend some time with Ted at our 50th high school reunion. I am deeply sorry to learn of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.

Tom Schardt (Westminster, CA)

Debbie Wilson

October 10, 2015

Kelly, Jodi and Family,
My dad, Tom Reuss, my uncle, Jim Couch, and your dad all raced each other at Waukegan Speedway. I'm visiting my dad today and we're talking about your dad and racing. He is smiling, reminiscing and telling me about how they raced two or three times a week, for years. They were fierce competitors! He asked me to tell you that he was very sorry to hear of Teddy's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family. I have some Waukegan Speedway memorabilia that I can share with you, if you are interested.
Best Regards,
Debbie Wilson (and Tom Reuss)

JoAnne Concidine

October 9, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of Teds passing. He was such a good man. Sadly, I will be out of town for the service but I send thoughts and prayers to all his friends and family. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Big Man!!!! Heavens got another angel...and a bit of the devil as well.

October 8, 2015

Dear Kelly and Family,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my thoughts during this hard time.
Kevin Hessenthaler

Betty Jean Armstead-Fisher

October 8, 2015

Teddy and I were classmates in high school. He always joked and teased and never left you feeling angry with him. I remember, very well, whenever we were in the same class he would make it his business to sit behind me and pull my hair, especially if I had braids, pic tails as he called them. We would see and talk to each other every now and then and he always had to make a crack about my husband. That was Teddy. He was the best class president. Teddy had a heart of gold. He will truly be missed. God Bless you all.

Vicki Abel-Mattson

October 7, 2015

To the Richter family, I am so sorry to hear about Ted passing away. I worked for Ted as a young school bus driver 40 years ago and later sought his towing advice as a bus manager. We (Pink Panthers) drove against him in the demo derby's for many years. I have many fond memories of him from over the years. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Teddy will be missed.

Don/Barbara Clark

October 7, 2015

Our deepest sympathy to the Richter family.

keith borg

October 7, 2015

Those memories of you will always bring a smile . If only i could have you back for a little wile then we could sit&talk again just like we used to do. You always meant so very much and always will too. The fact that your no longer here will always cause me pain but you'er forever in our heart's. In till we meet again GOD BLESS YOU BIG MAN

Joe and Laurie Eichelberger

October 7, 2015

We apologize we cannot be with you on Friday to honor your fathers' life. We know he was proud of all his children and doted on his grandchildren. We will pray for you as you go through this time of sorrow that good memories, laughter and Gods peace sustains you.

Brad Stonelake Family

October 7, 2015

I met Ted in 1973, while I was in High School. The memories I have and the things that he taught me are forever. Thanks Ted,
It has been a true honor and privilege to call you my friend. You were always there for me and my family. May you rest in peace.