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Norfolk —Brian M. Richter, 75, of Norfolk, formerly of O'Neill, died on Friday, May 26, 2023 at his home after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia, accelerated by Covid.
Visitation was held Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk.
Pallbearers were Henry McCalla, Dallon Seedorf, Eleanor McCalla, Brady Seedorf, Genevieve McCalla, Knox McCalla, Kiley Richter, Mason Richter and Marvin Richter.
Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Henkel, Virgil Gosch, Leon Chapman, Dr. Charles Harper, Steve Carlson, Evan Steele and Rick Brahmer.
Burial was in the Scottville Cemetery north of O'Neill, followed by a reception at First Presbyterian Church in O'Neill.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Brian was born on May 28, 1947 to Marvin Duane Richter and Betty Lloyd (Brady) Richter in O'Neill. Brian grew up on a small ranch in Scott Township and attended Opportunity School through eighth grade. Brian was a fullback on the football team at O'Neill Public High School and was district champ and second in State of Nebraska Class B Heavy Weight Wrestling in 1964.
Brian attended Kearney State College for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Brian served in the United States Air Force from July 1966 – July 1970, and was stationed in Korea from July 1967 to August 1969. In May 1969, Brian was cited for meritorious achievement as a member of a tactical air control party attached to the First Republic of Korea Army Corps from Nov. 11, 1968 to Dec. 11, 1968 in the Kang Won Do Province, while serving in the 603rd Direct Air Support Squadron.
In March 1970, Brian met Kerry Lynne Friedrich on a blind date, he proposed on May 28th and they married on Sept. 26, 1970 in Newman Grove. Brian and Kerry lived in Norfolk and O'Neill for a number of years, before settling down in their current home in Norfolk in 1975, where they would raise their four children Nichole, Rachelle, Brian Mark II and Brittany.
Brian originally began with the Norfolk Police Department in August 1971, and obtained his associates of arts degree in criminal justice in May 1974 from Northeast Nebraska Technical Community College.
After a brief time working with his father at Richter Construction in O'Neill, Brian returned to the Norfolk Police Department in January 1975. In July 1975, Brian obtained his EMT certification, and in February 1979 he was promoted to Sergeant. Brian retired from the Norfolk Police Department on July 11, 2004.
After retiring, Brian joined Behavioral Health Specialists as a community support provider where he worked until April 2012.
Brian loved to fish, and he was an excellent carpenter.
Brian was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, where he taught Sunday School; served as a Deacon, an Elder and Sunday School Superintendent; and sang in the choir. While his children were in school Brian served on the PTA in various roles, including president.
Brian is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years Kerry; his four children Nichole Richter of Ankeny, Iowa, Rachelle (Ray) McCalla of Atlantic, Iowa, Brian Mark (Kristina) Richter of Plainview and Brittany Richter of Ankeny, Iowa; his nine grandchildren Dallon and Brady Seedorf, Henry, Eleanor, Genevieve and Knox McCalla and Kiley, Mason and Marvin Richter; four siblings Floyd (Joy) Richter of O'Neill, Bradd (Michelle) Richter of Doniphan, Trudy (Dennis) Rath of Atkinson and Jack (Tiffany) Richter of Funk; and many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Betty Richter and his two brothers Lonnie Dean Richter and Duane Paul Richter.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.stonacekfuneralchapel.com.
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