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Mr. Herman Dale Richter
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Herman D. Richter

Herman Dale Richter, one of four sons and one daughter born to Fred and Elpha (Petty) Richter, was born on August 11, 1932. He was born on a farm four miles south of Union Star, Missouri.
He was a member of Oak Grove Methodist Church south of Union Star.
Herman attended Glenwood Grade School for eight years, then Clarksdale High School for one year. He finished high school in Union Star in 1950. During the summers of his schooling, he worked the wheat harvest in western Kansas.
After graduating high school, he attended Ranken Technical School in St. Louis where he studied auto mechanics for two years. He also attended Central Technical Institute in Kansas City where he majored in electronics for two years.
Herman enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, for basic training for two years. He was then transferred to Cheyenne, Wyoming, for further training in electrical and mechanical trade. He was also stationed in Thule, Greenland, as a power plant operator for one year. Herman then went to Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas, for two years. He was also at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. He served for a total of four years during the Korean Conflict (1952-1956).
While on leave from Wyoming in St. Joseph, Missouri, Herman met his future wife, Donna Leah Jones. They were married on August 31, 1958, at South Park Methodist Church in St. Joseph. They moved to Kansas City in 1958 where Herman started working for the (then)Bendix Corp.
Two girls were born to this marriage.
Herman and Donna became members of Countryside Methodist Church (now One Spirit Methodist Church) in Raytown, Missouri. In 1980, they became members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kansas City. He was a member of the Men’s Club, and he served on the Building Maintenance Committee for a number of years. He also took part in many church-related activities.
Herman and Donna later moved to Lee’s Summit in 1992. He worked at the Bendix Corp. for 35 years before retiring in 1993.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marjorie Campbell; brother, Willis Richter.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Karen Broitman of Richmond, Virginia, and Lisa Flaxbeard, of Burleson, Texas; grandsons, Jacob Broitman, Joshua Flaxbeard, and Michael Flaxbeard.
Farewell Services 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 1:30 to 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association. Online guest book and obituary at

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Memorial Park Cemetery

5005 Frederick Ave
St. Joseph , Missouri 64506


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