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Ralph Richter

Aug. 7, 1929-Jan. 23, 2012

Ralph M. Richter, 82, of Vergas, passed away Monday, January 23, 2012, at Essentia in Fargo.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Loon Lake, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services for Ralph will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Loon Lake in rural Vergas, with Reverend Robert Hinckley officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Furey Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit

Ralph was born to William and Frieda (Bunkowske) Richter on August 7, 1929, in Bertha, Minn. He attended Vergas Country School and Frazee High School, graduating in 1947. After high school, Ralph worked for a farmer in Comstock, Minn., and also road construction in Kindred, N.D. He served in the army from 1951 to 1953, in Germany, during the Korean War.

On April 25, 1955, Ralph married Wilma Seedorf at Perham. They purchased a farm near Vergas, and started Lost Valley Resort in 1961. Ralph retired in 1990. They spent winters in Fort Mojave, Ariz. He enjoyed working in his shop and spending time in the woods, just him and his chain saw.

Surviving Ralph are his wife, Wilma Richter of Vergas; son, Ronald (Tammy) of Vergas; daughter Cheryl Richter of Montesano, Wash.; granddaughter Jamie (Matt McCurdy) of Detroit Lakes; grandsons Cody Richter of Detroit Lakes and Hayden Wallace of Montesano, Wash.; great-grandson Luke McCurdy of Detroit Lakes; his brothers Rodney (Marjorie) of Vergas and Bill (Fran) of Glyndon, Minn.; and his sister-in-law, Careadell Richter of Detroit Lakes.

Preceding him in death were his parents; son Russell; and brother Leon.