Ricky Richter


Rick “Ricky” Richter passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. He was 58 years old, and has left behind a legacy of love and kindness. We know he is watching over and guiding us through this difficult time.

A Celebration of Life/Funeral Service will be held at Calvary Chapel at 500 Irvine Ave. in Bemidji at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 with Pastor Chris Hess officiating.

He will be missed by so many within his close knit family: his loving wife, Jacky, his daughter Danielle (Riley) Colley and Destiny Greybear; Step children Jon, Stephanie and Michelle Neely and his grandchildren Adalee, Kenna, Riley, Alex, Zach, Taylor, Kayleigh, Naveah, Kyson, Mariah, and Evan; his siblings Randy (Carol) Richter, Heidi (Jay) Schroeder, Robin Richter and Steve (Kim) Richter; Shannon (Ken) Nieuwsma, Todd (Michelle) McCarthy; Uncle Bernie Richter, Uncle Ray (Arlene) Richter, Aunt Pearl Meckley; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Clarabell (Meckley) Weidrich and his father, Reuben Richter.

Ricky was born in Turtle Lake, ND on July 4, 1963 to Clarabell and Rueben Richter. For most of his young life he lived in Beulah, ND, graduated high school there and went to Bismarck State College and got his Associates Degree in Power Process and Plant Technology. Rick worked at Bemidji State University as a Chief engineer.

Rick was one of the most positive, happy, and kind men you may ever met. He gave the biggest hugs, and always had a big smile and a ready for a chuckle. Rick made friends everywhere and touched so many people who will deeply feel this loss. He took care of family like no other and ensured everyone felt loved and cared for. He had a way of speaking that made you listen and want to learn more. Rick was an avid fisherman, hunter and motorcycle enthusiast. Nothing ever seemed to get him down - he saw obstacles as opportunities and challenges as adventures. Family was his foundation, his faith guided him, and love and kindness were his gifts to all who knew and loved him.  Condolences may be left at