Dale W. Richter, 82, of rural Atkinson died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. A Funeral Mass celebrating his life was held Monday, June 22, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan. The Rev. Jerry Logan officiated. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Annawan. Military honors were accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. Visitation was held Sunday,?June 21, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson where a Rosary was recited.

An additional visitation was held one hour prior to Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made to Hillcrest Home in Geneseo or the Kewanee Hospice.


Dale W. Richter, 82, of rural Atkinson died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. A Funeral Mass celebrating his life was held Monday, June 22, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan. The Rev. Jerry Logan officiated. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Annawan. Military honors were accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. Visitation was held Sunday,?June 21, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson where a Rosary was recited.
An additional visitation was held one hour prior to Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made to Hillcrest Home in Geneseo or the Kewanee Hospice.

He was born June 22, 1926, in Kewanee, the son of Walter and Anna (Manthe) Richter. He was a 1944 graduate of Annawan High School. He proudly served his country in the US Army in Germany during World War II. He married Norma “Jane” Garman April 12, 1947, in Annawan, and they remained together in love until her passing in 2008. He farmed in Annawan for 30 years, and sold Nachurs fertilizer in Atkinson for 25 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, the Holy Name Society of the church, and the American Legion. In his heart he lived his life serving God simply as a farmer, husband and father.

Survivors include a daughter and spouse Mary and Dennis Stovall of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren Dale and Benjamin Stovall of Phoenix, Ariz.; and sisters Helen Freeberg and Phyllis Elliott of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jane; his son, Timothy Richter; sisters Bernice Martin and Florence Kipp, and brothers Elmer and Lesile.