The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Obituaries

September 3, 2013

Marvin Richter

— Marvin Otto Richter, 90, of Gainesville, Ga., passed away Monday morning, Aug. 19, 2013.

He was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Athens, Alabama, the youngest son of Carl August Richter and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Kesler Richter, whose families were early settlers and pioneers of Cullman, Alabama. He was a graduate of Columbia Military Academy in Tennessee.  He held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech University, where he played on a football scholarship.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Europe, and retiring as a major in the Army Reserve. He was employed by Georgia Power Co., living in both Atlanta and Birmingham and  retired from Southern Co. Services to live in Gainesville.

In Gainesville, Marvin served as an elder of First Presbyterian Church, where for 20 years he directed the Thursday lunch program of the Good News at Noon ministry. During retirement, he daily collected recycled paper products to benefit the church’s Boy Scout troop and leftover bakery goods for the Georgia Action Ministries. He also volunteered regularly for United Way and the Elachee Nature  Center.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Thera Holland Richter; his brothers, Carl Richter and Harry Richter of Athens; his sister, Margaret Richter McCartney of Decatur,  Ga.; his brother-in-law, Dean Holland; and close family friend, Mary Walker.

Survivors include his brother, Henry Richter of Decatur, Ala.; his sister-in-law, Sandra Holland of Sugar  Hill, Ga.; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins; and close family friends, Vivian Conklin and Ron Walker. 

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Athens City Cemetery next to the gravesites of his wife and parents.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville.

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