Rudolf E. Richter

Published 11:34 am Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rudolf E. Richter died Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Regency Acute Care Hospital in Jackson. He was 92.

Born in Chicago, he was the son of Adam Rudolph Herman Richter and Ada Maude Hartshorn Richter. He was a former resident of Independence, Mo.; he was baptized when he was 8 years old and graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia. He served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Richter taught vocational agriculture in Memphis, Mo., later moving to Vicksburg in 1955 to establish and manage the quality control laboratory for Valley Mills. He retired as a chemist with the Waterways Experiment Station in 1988.

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Mr. Richter was a member of numerous professional organizations, including The American Society of Testing Materials. He was a priest in the Community of Christ where he served as pastor of the Vicksburg group for a number of years.

Mr. Richter was active in many service organizations, including serving as past treasurer of the Vicksburg-Warren County Ministerial Association. He was associated with the Future Farmers of America, the YMCA Indian Guides, 4-H Clubs, Vicksburg Lions Club and Port City Kiwanis Club and served as chairman of the Vicksburg Warren Help Line. He was honored by the Exchange Club where he was included in the Book of Golden Deeds.

After retirement, he and Mrs. Richter served for a year as tour guides at the historic Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Charlotte K. Richter; son, Mark E. Richter (Lawran) of Vicksburg; four grandchildren, Matt Richter (Robin), Lori Richter Humphrey (Tiawon), Shannon Richter and Jeremy Richter; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Reva Fender of Independence, Mo.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Richter; a sister, Audrey; and a brother, Ronald.

Services will be at noon Saturday at the Community of Christ, 5545 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS with Pastor Elizabeth Crabtree officiating.

Memorials may be made to Community of Christ Building Fund, 5545 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211.