His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Kurt Flora will officiate. His visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue (CISAR) 29738 E. 1400 North Road, Colfax, IL 61728. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Anthony F. Richter was born on June 1, 1917, son of Anton and Bertha Benz Richter. He married Gladys F. Dibble on June 1, 1945, currently of Normal. To this union they have one daughter, Terri Myers, Normal, and her fiance, John Kerner, Bloomington. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Danielle Myers, Ballwin, Mo., and Kyle Myers, Normal; and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Ethan, both of Ballwin, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edward Richter.
In Tony’s early years he loved to play baseball and was a catcher for the local Bloomington/Normal leagues during the mid 1930s through the 1950s. His love for the game led him to become an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball fan. Not only was his heart in baseball but he also enjoyed roller-skating, which is how he met Gladys. Tony enjoyed a great game of golf, bowling and playing cards. In his later years after his retirement from General Electric as a quality control specialist, he immensely enjoyed being with his grandchildren. In fact he doted on his grandkids and loved to spoil them. Tony was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
The family would like to thank A Caring Touch staff and Kathy Schaller Franzen for taking care of Tony.