Age 92, of Caledonia Township, formerly of Chesaning, passed away Tuesday evening, July 16, 2019, at The Meadows of Owosso.
He was born in Flint July 30, 1926, the son Joseph T. and Elizabeth (Bedrava) Richter. Joseph J. has been a resident of Chesaning for 90 years. He was a proud and honorably discharged Army World War II veteran, having achieved the rank of sergeant. He was united in marriage to Marion J. Vondrasek and she preceded him in death in 1968. He was later united in marriage to Betty Blattel and she preceded him in death in 2001.
Mr. Richter was a longtime member of St. Peter Parish Catholic Church in Chesaning. He was a GM retiree, having worked on the assembly line, and also owned and worked his farm.
For eight years, he was part owner of Chesaning Farm and Chemical. Joe was one of the oldest members of the Chesaning Conservation Club and a member of Knights of Columbus, VFW and the American Legion. He was an active sportsman, especially bowling and fishing, and he loved polka dancing.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Shirley (Jim) McNier of Atlanta, Michigan, Diane (Sam) Scime of Virginia, JoAnn (Mark) Maisner of Fowlerville, Jeannie (Fred) Honey of Florida, and Joe (Candi) Richter of Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by great-grandson Nick.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at St. Peter Parish Catholic Church, 404 S. Wood St. in Chesaning. The Rev. William Gruden will officiate. Military funeral honors will be given at the church after the Mass by Chesaning American Legion Post 212 and U.S. Army.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 22, at Misiuk Funeral Home of Chesaning and from 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of the Mass. The Knights of Columbus will pray the Rosary at 8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.
The family gives special thanks to Memorial Healthcare- Hospice and the staff at The Meadows.
Memorial contributions may be given to The Meadows Activity Fund. You may light a memorial candle or share a memory at misiukfuneralhome.com.