OBITUARY

George William (Bill) Richter

November 22, 1924July 19, 2018
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America lost another of the Greatest Generation as Bill Richter passed on peacefully July 19, 2018. Bill was born on November 22, 1924 in the family home at 43rd and State Line Road. He attended Guardian Angel, the Family church, and Rockhurst High School. World War II changed Bill from a student to a soldier. As he had experienced some very fortunate circumstances in the war, including surviving it, Bill seemed to get an aura of being lucky.

Bill always defined luck as the place where "opportunity and preparedness meet". So upon his return from the war he went back to being a student and enrolled in Rockhurst College. As he was finishing his courses, luck introduced him to Virginia Bynan. Right guy, right place, right attitude, so Virginia and Bill were married at St. Elizabeth's on February 26, 1949.

Bill and Virginia raised four children, two girls and two boys, and enjoyed the prosperity of the post war era. Following a lengthy illness Bill lost Virginia, September 2007. Bill is survived by his brothers Jim (Ruth) Richter of Wheaton, Illinois, Bernie (Dea) Richter of Leawood, Kansas, oldest daughter, Sue (Lee Morris) Richter of Kansas City, oldest son, George Richter of Washington State, son Gregory (Lucy) Richter of Lake Worth, Florida, and youngest daughter, Beth (Bruce) Carter of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eight grandchildren, six girls and two boys, as well as many nieces and nephews have added to the luck.

Bill Richter was one of those fellows of a generation that believed in an honest life where folks valued kindness and keeping your word. He lived a life of example, from being dedicated to his wife and engaged with his children, or to his volunteerism, and his deep seated religious life. But not a too serious view, since he loved a good joke, a good bridge game, a bit of politics, and the fun of athletics..... and golf. Although Bill was German he fully embraced the Irish “clan” he married into; making sure your glass was never empty and celebrating all things Irish at any opportunity. Out of Bill’s frontline WWII experiences came one of his core beliefs: eat dessert first (preferably chocolate) because you might not be here later! He successfully instilled that belief in his children and grandchildren.

Bill’s family, and those of us who knew and loved him, would agree that he was a little lucky. Not so lucky as us, who had the wonderful opportunity to get to know a truly remarkable gentleman.

Visitation, Saturday, July 28th, noon to 1:00 pm, followed by Mass of Christian Burial, Church of the Nativity, 3800 W. 119th St., Leawood, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Catholic Charities of Kansas City - St. Joseph & the VFW Foundation.

  • DONATIONS

  • Catholic Charities of Kansas City - St. Joseph
  • VFW Foundation

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 28, 2018

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, July 28, 2018

Memories

George William (Bill) Richter

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Greg Brown

July 26, 2018

Bill was a member of Men of Nativity and always promoted the 30 Days Novena Prayer to St. Joseph, which I employed many times for tough circumstances. When asked what spiritual hep he had during the past week he would say, "How about the Mass we just attended, how can you beat that?!"

I remember that he was featured in an article in the Leaven newspaper. It said he was in the Battle of the Bulge and spent a lot of time in a fox hole. I know that had to be one deep fox hole because he was a tall man.

What a man he was!

Michael Hagen

July 25, 2018

We had the pleasure of knowing Bill at Nativity Parish and helping him when the time came to move from his home. His love of family and friends was evident.... with pride... in every conversation we had. A GREAT sense of humor.....huge smile and giving heart.....Bill will live on in all he shared this life with........ and especially his very wonderful family! Our family prays for Bill knowing he is in God's Heavenly Kingdom!!

Many Blessings to his Surviving Family!

The Hagen Family

Molly Sheehan Corkill

July 25, 2018

MR. Richter was the kindness man I ever worked for at the Carriage Club.
I met my husband there in 1984.
We couldn’t have had the wedding of our dreams without him.
The bond and deep respect grew too along friendship. He adored Virginia and I am happy they are together.
God Bless ☘️

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Jennifer & Poppy Bill

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Bridget’s wedding

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Jennifer & Poppy Bill

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Bridget’s wedding

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Megan in for a visit with Poppy Bill

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