Royal P. Richter
November 17, 1930 - July 23, 2009
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
410 West Lawrence Street
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
410 West Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 734-7195 | Map
Wednesday 7/29, 11:30 am
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map

Royal P. Richter, age 78, of Appleton, entered into eternal life Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Brewster Village following a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was born November 17, 1930, in Iron River, MI to Loretta King. He was later adopted by William and Marion Richter. Royal graduated in 1948 from Winneconne High School.…

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David Wilke left a message on July 29, 2009:
Fond Memories of Royal at camp with the scouts. I best remember the canoe trips with Royal. On one particular trip we came to a streach of the river that on a previous trip was a breeze with the wind at our backs. Not the this trip though the wind was howling up the river if you quit paddling you went up stream not down. I looked ahead and saw Royal making his way on the edge of the river out of most of the wind. We followed along doing as Royal was. We were all beat that night Royal pitched his tent behind a bush and turned in early. Some of the young scouts went by and heard Royal ZZzzzzing. They promptly reported that there was a bear sleeping in the bush. It was great having Royal in the troop he worked at a steady pace and was always looking to help others out. He was a good role model for us all.
Jay left a message on July 28, 2009:
My friend, I will miss you Together, we have fought for the mighty trout on lake michagan hunted the trophy white-tail in the northwoods championed the wild rapids of the St. Croix glided upon the calm waters of the Eau Claire camped by the stars under many heavenly nights we have celebrated christmas, easter, births, baptisms and gave thanks together as you have for so many others... you have mentored me, taught me, enlightened me and saved me my prayer to you Royal is that; the bow of your canoe rides high through the rapids the line of your keel runs straight across big water your paddle digs deep in flat waters your rifle shoots true and compass reads true north Where ever I shall be you will always be with me Godspeed my friend, my father-in-law my brother Son-in-law Jay
Vincent Lamar Jackson left a message on July 28, 2009:
Rest in Paradise Mr. Royal Richter. May your soul last forever and ever. Amen.
Rachel Jane Richter left a message on July 27, 2009:
Thank-you, Grandpa... I will miss the Good, and I will let go of The hurt, the loss, the Things that "should have been" And just love With an open heart... I will remember the ways you Tried so hard, in simple things To cheerfully and meaningfully Show your love to me... Opening a door, to show Respect and endearment When you were the one Who was fragile and sick... The time you spent, that you Never rushed, or made me feel You had something better to do To get to... You were...fully present with me The way you listened for hours And even when you didn't know What to say...had no advice... You were there... I could feel your care The way you gave way to Hope In the face of your own death And worked to make plans Anyway... The way you were proud of me Enough for two But didn't force or push me Into any version of amends I wasn't ready for yet... The way you found Joy and gratitude In the simple, everyday things And reminded me again how That is far more than enough I will miss you, Grandpa Until I see you again I am so grateful for The time we spent And how through your sickness We both found Healing... I love you, Rachel July 26, 2009
sharon reynolds left a message on July 27, 2009:
HI, I meet your dad back in 1982. We meet at a Catholic singles meeting and have seen each other at the Lawrence chaplel many times. He was a very smart man. We offer our prayers for you. Sharon Reynolds
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gayle murray left a message on July 27, 2009:
dear alex,(and family). i am so sorry for your loss,please feel my hugs.and know i am thinking of you.miss you alex love gayle
Dan Richter left a message on July 26, 2009:
My father strove to show his children that people, art, nature, and discovery were important to embrace and support. He instilled in me an unfolding sense of awe for God's canvas. That appreciation has been a well spring of joy and fulfillment to which I credit my father for pointing the way. As his oldest I was encouraged to be a leader and to do the right thing, even in circumstances where others might be wrong. Later I was to realize that I had inherited my father's penchant for research and deeper meaning. His guidance and devotion provided me tools of self-assurance which carried me through times which otherwise might have crushed me. My father had a zest for life that became an example for his children. His generosity of spirit and the care he exerted in showing his care is a testament to the 'heart of a lion' he will best be remembered for by those that loved him. Sad is this time that we must say goodbye and farewell, but in the bigger picture - God has called him home. Bless his soul! Lovingly, Dan Richter
Dave Richter left a message on July 26, 2009:
My take on Dad is that he was always a free thinker. His influence on me in that regard helped me to experience life in a greater way. An example I will give is that my Dad always appreciated the differences in people more than things that were the same. In that regard I was able to have a wide spectrum with respect to beliefs and life in general. This encouraged a non-judgmental lifestyle in which different thoughts and different beliefs were more easily tolerated. We dispelled judgment and accepted people at face value. And in this regard it made us accepting of people from all walks of life. I know this sounds unusual for some people but it would be my wish and my Dad's wish that more people could think like this and live like this too. Thank you to those people who came on line to express their thoughts and express their sentiments! Dave Richter
Don Keddell left a message on July 26, 2009:
Dave and Steve - sorry to hear your dad passed at such a young age. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Another Miller family friend moves onto better things. Luv Ya Man!
Vicki Auer left a message on July 25, 2009:
My prayers are with you right now. I know that I never met you, but from what I saw in the obit, I believe you are related to me some way. I know the name is very familer, but I can't place it. My father had alot of relations in Iron Mountian and most of them have been related to me. I had an aunt Grace that lived up there, and if your family knew her, I would really like to hear from you. With what I know right now, she was related to most people up there. Hope to hear from someone on this note. My prayers are with you all if not related. I'll make sure that my church has him on the prayer list.
Alex left a message on July 25, 2009:
I have been blessed to be afraid of only one thing in my life, and that is letting go of my Father. It would fill a novel to repeat all the important messages he imparted to me and my siblings. The loss of his endless wisdom and quick humor is overwhelming. The one thing he never said was "you can't". He loved God, and all things created by him. He knew no prejudice, or malice. He managed situations that would crush other people with grace and kindness. He loved so many people and things, music among them, and the song that always reminded me most of him is "Dog and Butterfly" by the band Heart. He set the bar very high, and yet when you spoke to him, all of his attention was on the subject at hand. I am priveleged beyond measure to be his youngest child, to have had this time with him, to be a part of his legacy, and to share in all the love he wished to carry forward. My heart is broken...I know he would hate that and would want to fix it even now. There is no more fear, Daddy. I love you....
Cecilia Wiltzius left a message on July 25, 2009:
Rest in peace, Royal. Royal attended many of the adult programs I coordinated at the Appleton Public Library. He was quiet for a long time but eventually participated in our discussions. I always enjoyed his presence. Cecilia Wiltzius
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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