Memorial Graveside Services for John Richter, age 60, of O’Neill will be 10:30 A.M., Monday, at the O'Neill Cemetery. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post #93. He passed away Thursday, April 8th at the Veterans Hospice Care Hospital in Grand Island, NE. Services are under the direction of Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill.
He is survived by his brother, Jim Richter of Hemet, CA., his niece, Melinda Campuzano and her family of Hemet, CA, along with a host of many cousins and friends from Holt County and many other parts of the country.
John was born September 6, 1949 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Charles and Emma (Swanson) Richter. He attended grade school through high school in O’Neill, graduating from the O’Neill Public High School in 1968. John played football and wrestled while in high school and was very successful in both sports. He also enjoyed work, girls, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and cruising main in a cool car.
On March 24, 1969 John entered the United States Air Force taking his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. While in the Air Force, John was stationed in Wichita Falls, Texas, Elmaudorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska and Castle Air Force Base in Atwater/Merced, CA.
In 1971, John married Deloris Jean Anderson McNight in Atwater/Merced, California. Deloris had 7 children by a previous marriage then John and Deloris were blessed with a son, Michael John Richter. In 1981 John received his honorable discharge from the Untied States Air Force and he remained in California until 1991. At that time he and his dog, Tweeb moved to O’Neill so he could take care of his mother, Emma, who had suffered a stroke. John’s son Michael died of pancreatic cancer after John left California in 1991. Michael was 30 years old. His mother passed away the first day of fall in 1998. After that John worked part time doing construction or ranch work. He became very ill in February and went to the V.A. Hospital in Omaha and found out he had cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Michael. Floyd Richter will officiate.