Ira M. Richter
Ira M. Richter, age 91, died on Monday January 2, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, Kansas.
He was born on March 9, 1925 in Alta Vista, Kansas the son of Reinhold & Ida Bella (Jackson) Richter. Following his graduation from Alma High School with the class of 1943 he enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II and served as a Flight Engineer. He flew over 465 missions “over the hump” in the CBI Theatre (China, Burma & India). He was proud of the fact that he was able to go on the Kansas Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2014 with students from Wamego High School.
Following his military service, he worked for IBM and then owned and operated a paint store in Estherville, Iowa. After returning to Manhattan, he was a mail carrier for over 30 years until his retirement.
He was united in marriage to Helen Siebert on March 10, 1947 in Westmoreland, Kansas.
Ira enjoyed fishing, bowling, woodworking and could often be seen working in his yard. Above all, he loved being with his wife of 69 years: Helen; his son, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Survivors include his wife: Helen of the home; a son: Dennis (Cheryl) of Westmoreland; 4 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a brother-in-law: Don (Janet) Siebert of Spearfish, South Dakota along with numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday January 6, 2017 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas with Rev. Kevin Larson officiating. There will be a private family burial following in the Wamego City Cemetery, Wamego, Kansas.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice House or Honor Flight through Wamego Community Foundation in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
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