Gabriel “Gabe” Michael Richter passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018, peacefully in his home, with his wife Terry by his side, after a long battle with kidney disease, and complications from diabetes.
He is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Tillie Richter, his first wife Marlyne “Cookie” Richter, and his grandson Joshua Richter. He is survived by his wife Terry Richter of Blanchard, ID, brother Francis Richter (Cherie) of Anchor Point, AK, brother Joe Richter (Joyce), of Cannon Beach, OR, sister Helen Moraga (John), of Star, ID, children Michael Richter (Lora) of Ripon, CA, Rebecca Scoby (Jason) of Brandon, MS, and Ann Thur of Tracy, CA, stepson Jeff Pollet of Oakland, CA, and grandchildren Marilyn Scoby of Starkville, MS, Kyle Scoby of Oxford, MS, Chloe Thur of Tracy, CA, and Elizabeth and Hayden Richter of Ripon, CA. Born in Minot, North Dakota, on May 21, 1948, the Richter family moved to Oregon, then to California when Gabe was a teen. He graduated from Manteca High School in 1967 and joined the Army. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 249 in Manteca, CA. After his service, he went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a locomotive engineer. He worked for SP, and later Union Pacific, retiring after 39 years. In the early 80’s, Gabe owned a bait and tackle shop in Manteca, CA. He was also an avid bass fisherman, competing in many tournaments, and winning several of them. Gabe was a wonderful cook. He loved to cook and loved even more to feed lots of people. Many of the dishes he made were creations from his imagination, rarely from a recipe. He loved to entertain and was the host of many parties and get-togethers that showcased his culinary talents. After his retirement, he and his wife Terry, moved to Blanchard, Idaho in 2005. They both enjoyed the golf community, Stoneridge, where they built their home. They played golf near their home and fished in all of the beautiful lakes in Northern Idaho. The Stoneridge community members were like family, with neighbors and friends visiting Gabe and Terry for feasts and parties throughout the years. Even as Gabe’s health declined, he entertained his Stoneridge family by cooking a huge Thanksgiving dinner for the last 10+ years. There will be a Celebration of Life for Gabe in June 2019 in Blanchard, ID, and a pending Celebration of Life in Manteca, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gabe’s memory can be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org, and the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org. Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Newport, Washington, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at shermancampbell.com.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, October 24, 2018