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“Mildred and family, May God bless and be with you. My heart is soooo sad that Joe had to leave you. I am so thankful he was with you so many years...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Milward G. - Gardner, KS

“Mildred, Denny and Steve; I'm so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. What wonderful memories you all have of Joe and his many accomplishments. Joe was...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Judy & Ed Clutchey - Topeka, KS

“The twins (Connie and Bonnie) (EWING) always had fun playing with the cousins and spending time with Joe and Mildred. We know Joe will be missed. We...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Bonnie Head - Topeka, KS

“Mildred, I know that my life was blessed because I knew Joe! If he wasn't in that pew on Sunday, it was just not the same. I know that everyone will...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Max Clayton - Hays, KS

“Mildred and Family, My Prayers and thoughts are with you. Keep your family and friends close they will help you in your time of need. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Pauline Jacobs - Curve Lake

“Joe was one of the good guys. We will miss him. Dale & Barbara(Mildred's cousin), Jones ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Dale & Barbara Jones - Apache Jct, AZ

“Dennis and family I'm sorry for your loss. From the obituary it appears that your dad was not afraid of putting himself in harms way to serve others...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Randy Freeman - Silver Lake, KS

“I had the honor of working with Joe at TPD. He was, without doubt, one of the finest officers I had the pleasure of knowing. I will sorely miss him. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Bill Beightel - Topeka, KS

“We are sorry for your lost. It is good to remember our walks together in Sierra Vista, AZ. Enjoyed getting the cards and notes as to where you were...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Andy & Norma Winfree - WV

“Dear Richter family, I am so sorry for your loss. May the many memories bring you comfort at this most difficult time. Love and prayers, ...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Susan Swalwell - Topeka, KS

“I can picture Joe when thinking of my years on the dept with his smile and always friendly nature. I haved moved so far away that makes it impossible...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Joe A. Elliott - Graham, WA

“Lots of memories: 8:15 worship; 1st Thursday donuts; picking cherries; lots of emails. Most of all we remember the kind, gracious, and loving man. ...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Merris & Barbara Brady - Topeka, KS

“Dear Mildred and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of your steadfast husband, father, and grandfather. Zach has many...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Denny & Becky Cash - Las Vegas, NV

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Joe Richter, 88, of Topeka passed away, Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. He was born April 16, 1924 to Frank and Carrie Richter at Waverly, Kansas. Joe joined the United States Army Air Corps at age 18 and served in the China-Burma-India Theatre during World War II. He served on the Topeka Police Department for 29 years, retiring 1978 with the rank of Captain. Joe owned and operated Richter Funeral Escort Service in Topeka for nearly 30 years. He and his wife Mildred are members of First United Methodist Church in Topeka. He was a faithful servant to God and his community. Joe married Mildred Irwin on Sept 24, 1950. Joe and Mildred enjoyed traveling during their life together. He is survived by his wife Mildred Richter of Topeka; sons Dennis Richter (Jan) of Topeka and Steve Richter of Topeka; five grandchildren, Matt Richter (Beth) of Fountain, Colorado, Melissa Lewis (Nolan) of Tonganoxie, KS, Daniel Richter of Topeka, Corey Richter of Topeka and Kelly Richter of Mayetta; three great-grandchildren; brother, Marvin Richter of Gold Canyon, AZ and sister, Jean Devlin (George) of Topeka. He was preceded in death his parents, Frank and Carrie; brother, Tech Sgt. Eldon Richter killed in action in 1943; and a sister, Gladys Mullen in 1999. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at First United Methodist Church. Following the service interment and military honors will be conducted at Prairie Home Cemetery. He will lie in state Tuesday afternoon at Davidson Funeral Home from 12-4:30 pm. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Tuesday evening at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 600 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka Kansas 66603 or to the organization of the donor's choice. To leave a message for the family please visit davidsonfuneral.com

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