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Ronald James Richter, aged 79, passed away at home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice, on Monday, June 20, 2022. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 26, 1943, the son of Leon and Angeline (Cieslewicz) Richter.

He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 58 years.  Ron cared deeply for his family and friends.  He would always put others before himself.  He had a great sense of humor. When he was younger, he enjoyed water skiing, campfires, vegetable gardening, making candles, and stained-glass art.  Ron was a loyal employee of Rapistan for 45 years. In his retirement he continued his love for creating art with wood inlay called intarsia.

Surviving is his wife, Kathleen (Doyle) Richter; three children, Brian (Deborah) Richter, Mark (Marnie) Richter, and Christine (Tom) Owczarzak; seven grandchildren, Justin, Ashley, and Brandon Richter, Mya and Maria Richter, Lauren and Gabriel Owczarzak; one brother, Roger Richter and his kids Deborah Richter-Polanic, Jeff Richter, Teresa Richter; sister-in-law, Judy Richter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Angeline Richter; one brother, Richard Richter.

Services for Ronald will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church, 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, MI 49301. Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. and the service will follow at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in Ronald’s name to the charity of your choice.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006.


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  1. James A. Driscoll on June 23, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    My condolences to Ron’s family on his passing. I have very fond memories of working with Ron at Rapistan through the years. He was such an important part of our department and it was a pleasure to work with him. Ron was a huge part of many of our systems development efforts. I know that he loved to spend time with his family at Pentwater. RIP dear friend.

  2. Roger Richter on June 24, 2022 at 2:55 am

    Take care “little brother” as I know you are in a better place and now it is your turn to watch over us.
    I love you and I will always be happy and proud that you are my brother.
    Thanks for the memories.

  3. Mary Visentin on June 25, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    We send our condolences to Ron’s family, to those who loved him and will miss him. Only memories of him remain, hold on to them forever.
    Lou and Mary

  4. Johanna M Duffek on June 26, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    Dear Ron, you will be missed. Your humor was infectious. Rest in peace knowing that Kathleen has a large family and we’ll take care of her for you until you meet again. Johanna Spaan Duffek

  5. Sig and Jean Hill on June 27, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Dear Kathy and family: We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. We send our sympathies and love.He was a great person…very friendly and a great co-worker of Sig’s. He will be greatly missed.

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