Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
Charlie Richter, age 93, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, ND.
Charles Albert Richter was born on June 9th, 1927 to Otto and Marie Richter. He was born and raised on a farm in Pleasant Prairie Township, east of New Rockford, ND. Charlie attended the school in Brantford through the 8th grade. He then attended high school in New Rockford, where he was active in football and band. He graduated from New Rockford High School in the spring of 1945. Charlie enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1946 and came home to help his dad farm after his honorable discharge in 1948, starting his long farming career.
He married the love of his life, Neola Georgeson, on October 1st, 1950 at the Methodist Church in New Rockford. After they were married, they lived and farmed on the family farmstead. They were blessed with seven children. As the kids grew and were involved in more activities, they purchased a house in town, where they lived during the school year, moving out to the farm every spring. During his farming years, he drove semi for Bob Weber and also hauled haystacks for multiple local farmers. He was also an owner of Midway Implement from 1971 until 1989. After retiring from farming in 1988, he continued his long-time love of trucking, driving his semi-truck coast to coast for 18 years. After his retirement, he continued to help and visit the boys on the farm daily, after checking the community happenings at the Rockford Café round table. He had a deep love for agriculture and the farm he helped build.
Charlie was very civic minded and actively involved in many organizations. He served on the church board of the Methodist Church for several years and sang in the church choir. He was also active in the American Legion, the Eagles Club, Steam Threshers, Shriners, Masons, Grand Commandry, Knights of Red Cross, and the Pleasant Prairie Township. Charlie was on the New Rockford school board for several years. He drove bus to various sporting events for a number of years as well. Charlie was elected to the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (GDCD) board from 1969 to 2012. A true statesman, he generously devoted himself to strengthening North Dakota’s water industry and his community, earning a reputation for leadership and participation as he tirelessly promoted water projects and irrigation development in North Dakota. He holds the distinction as the longest serving director in the history of the GDCD. Garrison Diversion was truly near and dear to Charlie’s heart. Because of his dedication to water development, his presence is engrained into North Dakota’s water history.
Charlie is survived by his seven children, Connie Richter, West Fargo, Orlan (Peggy) Richter, Bismarck, Carter (Mary) Richter, New Rockford, Lori (Rod) Bachmeier, West Fargo, Jani (Jim) Seifert, Bismarck, Stuart (Vicky) Richter, New Rockford, and Wendi (Bruce) Dean, Jamestown; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; sisters Lois Laber, Enderlin, and Ruth (Neil) Barkus, Jamestown; brother-in-law Quentin (Delores) Georgeson, New Rockford; sisters-in-law, Edith Georgeson, New Rockford and Betty Georgeson, Sheyenne, and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Neola Richter, his parents; a sister Maralyn (Bob) Salting, brothers, Kenneth (Gerry) Anderson, and Ward (Dorothy) Anderson; brothers-in-law Norbert Laber, Gary Georgeson, Dean (Fern) Georgeson and Aldon Georgeson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Charlie’s name to Prairie Home Cemetery Auxiliary, Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, First Lutheran Church, all of New Rockford, ND, or the Shriner’s organization.
Due to COVID-19 the family is asking that you choose to attend either the Prayer Service or the Funeral Service but not both, to cut down on the number of attendees at the services, thank you.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 9:00AM – 6:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, followed by a Masonic Ceremony at 7:00PM and a Prayer Service at 7:30PM both at the First Lutheran Church, New Rockford.
Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:30AM at First Lutheran Church.
A Private Family Burial will be at the Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford.
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