Matthew Ellis Richter

Born: Mon., Jul. 27, 1959
Died: Mon., Aug. 12, 2013

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Fri., Aug. 16, 2013
Location: St. Andrew's Church

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Matthew Ellis Richter left this world on August 11, 2013 doing what he loved most, fishing.

He was born July 27, 1959, in Pendleton, Oregon, to Lewis Neil Richter and Mary Louise Hummell. He was the oldest of three children.

He attended Saint Joseph’s Academy through the sixth grade and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1978.   He enlisted in the Navy right after graduation and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for 2 years and ported in several countries including the Philippines, Japan and China. Upon returning to his hometown in 1984, he rekindled a childhood friendship with Tammy Price.  On June 15, 1985, he married the love of his life and set up home in the neighborhood he grew up in.

They spent the next 28 years together enjoying time fishing on the Snake River and watching their three children grow up into wonderful adults.  Matt’s hobbies were camping, fishing and hunting.  Matt was a skilled welder, fabricator and metal artist, sharing his talent with friends and family; he was a valuable PGG employee for 19 years.  You will find his handy work throughout the Pendleton Community.

He grew up belonging to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church; his religious beliefs were important to him as well a strong personal code of ethics that guided his life and gained the admiration of most everyone who knew him.  His favorite past times when not outside were to watch football with his father-in-law and watch old time Westerns including Gun Smoke and all John Wayne movies.  He also enjoyed Saturday evenings with his friends at Prodigal Son’s Brewer.

Matt is survived by his wife, Tammy of Pendleton; his son James Lewis Richter (Sarah) of Pendleton, and his daughters Jenna Marie of Kennewick, Washington and Amy Jo of Pendleton; grandchildren Madeleine, Jameson and Liliana. He is also survived by his father, Lewis Neil Richter of Cove, Oregon and siblings Joseph Albert Richter of Bend and Nicholas Allen Richter in Terrebonne.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Louise Groves and his sister, Molly Anne.

The rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 15th at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 16th at St. Andrew’s Church in Mission.

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Sandra Kosey
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
Dear Tammy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Matt will be missed and let me know if there is anything I can do. I remember when you two first started dating then you married and your children now grandchildren. You have a beautiful family. You are all in my prayers and God Bless. Love Sandra Kosey and family

Steve Pfaff
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
Dear Tammy and family,
My mom (Joan Pfaff) keeps my up on Pendleton events, and I was very sad to learn of Matt's passing. I probably hadn't seen Matt since high school, but I remember our younger years -- attending St. Joe's Academy and seeing the Richter family at St. Mary's every Sunday. May you know the comfort of God in this very difficult time.
Praying for you,
Steve Pfaff

Bill and Ruth Fenton
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
Letting The Richter Family know we are thinking of them and hope their fond and loving memories of Matt help them through this terrible time.

Sharon & Cecil Maness
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
Matt has gone from this earthly home
and now is with God at the throne.
So sorry for Tammy and the family dear,
glad that they have each other here.
We never understand the reason why
someone so kind had to die.
I guess it’s not up to us to understand
the way things work on this land.
We know that Matt is in no pain, but we sorrow,
knowing for him there is no tomorrow.
May God grant you the family strength and love
till once again you are reunited in Heaven above.
Tammy I know this must be very hard for you
especially after just losing your Dad too.
May God grant you all rest,
I’ve heard it said God takes the very best.
Sharon & Cecil Maness

Darrell and Kim Simpson
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
Am so sorry for your loss. ... your all in our thoughts. If you need anything anytime please let us know.

Karen Hoeft
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
Tammy and ALL,
As you know, Mike and I are very sadden to loose Matt as one of our best friends. We are thinking of you and all of the family as well as treasuring our memories of Matt.

We will continue thinking of him in our days to come and I feel that he is watching over all of us with Dallas & his mom as they now know the reason this has come, even if we don't. But will know eventually and be able to enjoy him along with them when our times come.

Karen & Mike Hoeft

Joyce L Thomas
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
I haven't seen Matt in many-many years but have fond memories of him in high school and his ever shining smile.
He was truly a "good guy" and I am positive he remained the same through out his life.
Deepest of sympathies to his family and all of his close friends,

Patty S Daly
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
Tammy and your wonderful family, please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nelson and Nancy Geraths
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
To the family of Matthew Richter, our prayers for your loss! He came from such a beautiful family and know that our thoughts and our prayers are with you at this time.

christy Virgil
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
Tammy and family. bruce will miss having matt at work. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love to you, Bruce and Christy Virgil.

Marty Campbell
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
I just want to express my condolences about losing Matt. He was genuinely a very good person whose integrity was very obvious. He loved his kids, his family, and I could tell that from a mile away. Most of my dealings with Matt were through PGG, yet I truly feel a loss. What a great man. He left his mark where it counts most: in his family, friends, church and work.

Joan Pfaff
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
Sending love and prayers to the Richter and Price families. We all remember so many good family times at St. Joe's and St. Mary's. God bless you all an send comfort from His throne.

JoanE Lorenzen
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
Tammy and Family know your in my Heart, Prayers and Thoughts.
To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release me, let me go.I have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears. Be thankful for our beautiful years.
I gave you my love. You can only how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you have shown. But now its time I traveled alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must. Then let your greif be comforted by trust. It's only for a time that we must part. So bless the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on and if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart you'll hear all my love around you soft and clear.
And then when you must come this way alone I'll greet you with a smile and say "Welcome Home"

My Step-mother shared this witha young girl once and when she passed the young girl passed it back to my family and I'm passing it to you.

Vicki Hines Hamilton
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
I am so very sorry for your loss Joe I am thinking of you and nick I love and miss you may God be with you in this sad times.I remember being a kid coming to the Richter house and swimming in the pool playing out in the field with Matt and Joe and Nick what good memories Hugs to all of you and to Mrs Richter and Matts kids so sorry.

Bob Murstig
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
My most sincere condolences to Lewis Richter and his family and Matt's wife and family. Matt was such a nice person to talk with at PGG and always willing to help on projects. Just like his Pa, Matt was sociable and always had a smile and never a negative comment about folks around Pendleton. He will be always remembered as having a big proud smile with his face and hands dirty from hard work. Such a nice young man will be surely missed.

Tom & Jenni Perkins
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
Tammy & family,
Tom(Perk) and I truly loved Matt, he was like a brother to Tom and he enjoyed working right beside Matt for 19 years, Matt taught Tom so much and he is heart broken over the loss of his friend, fishing and camping buddy and co-worker. If there is anything at all we can do to help in the coming days, months etc., please do not hesitate to ask, you, the family and friends are in our prayers and thoughts.

Julie and Coby Bleak
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
Dearest Tammy,

My heart is aching for you and the family. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all. You and Matt are like parents to Cameron. Cam always wanted to do what Matt was doing. He would come home and tell us Matt stories....He loved him very much! You have a strong beautiful family who will help and support you through this difficult time. With our sincere love and care, Coby and Julie

Mary Ann Roden
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
For my dearest niece and her Family: My love and prayers for you all, my sorrow is great, my memories of better times are up front. I regret not being with you right now, but maybe you feel me giving hugs, sharing tears and offering prayers for your peace..with much love, AMA

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
So sorry for your loss. May God be with you at this time of loss.

The Jeff Koehler Family
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
To Matt's Family,
Thinking of you all and our prayers are with you.
The Koehlers

Lynne Fitzgerald
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013

PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Blue Mountain Diagnostic Imaging.

With heartfelt prayers and thoughts wishing you strength and peace, All of us at Blue Mountain Diagnostic Imaging - Roger, Susan, Lynne Lori, Bev, Connie, Barb, Katie and Sheri

Richard and Shirley Richter and Family
   Posted Thu August 15, 2013
Lewis and Family,

We were so sorry to hear the terrible news. We had looked forward to seeing you at the Richter Reunion and would have met Matt for the first time. It's too bad that won't be so. We will have to wait to see you in the Kingdom before that happens.

God Bless You,

Rick and Shirley

Rev. Karen D. Thompson
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
Richard and Joe - you are the only two people I know in this family, and my heart goes out to you at this time. All of us at Hospice Northwest Ohio who have come to know you both were just stunned by this sadness for you. Please know that we are holding you in gentle prayer.

The Coutu Family
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
Tammy, Jim, Sarah, Jenna, Amy Jo, Maddie, Jameson & Liliana: Tommy, Maggie and I wish more than anything that we could be with you at this most awful time...We send our love <<<<33333 and {{{hugs}}} and hope that alll the many many people that will be there today can give you SOME warmth and u all very very much

Dennis & Milena Gaylord
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
Our condolences to Matt's family. Matt was always so pleasant and helpful whenever I went to PGG for metal items. He was my "go to guy" whenever I had a need. He will be thought of often and missed much.

Deanna Brandhagen
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss. Matt's time here was to short, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robert K Smith, SFO
   Posted Sun August 18, 2013
I am a friend of Joe Richter, and have worked with Joe and Jimmy in the past at Sacred Art of Living. My prayer for the family is to find and know the Peace that only God can give during this time of grief and beyond. Perhaps God called Matt as a reminder to all of us that we are to be "fishers of men" as well as worshiping in the great cathedral of creation. It is okay to worship and fish at the same time.
God was ready, and so must have been Matt. He did what was his to do, and he did it well - with God's blessing, I am sure...

Shaindel Beers and Jared and Liam Pennington
   Posted Fri August 23, 2013
We are so sorry for your family's loss. Matt was a wonderful, kind, and patient person, and I could see that every time I was picking Liam up from daycare at your home. We are keeping you in our thoughts.

Shaindel, Jared, and Liam

William and Lisa Copeland
   Posted Sat August 24, 2013
Dearest and best Tammy and family.. Our strongest heartfelt condolenses to you from the Copelands.. I was out of town till this morning and heard of the circumstances.. If ever there was something we can do for you..please let us know..Joe and nick, we love you so many good memories.. Luie.. May the God of all peace surround y82ou and yours..

Janet K. Stadulis, Anamcara Apprentice
   Posted Wed August 28, 2013
Matt Richter is known to me only through the love of his brother Joe and his step father Richard Groves. As I watched the incredibly beautiful video in his honor and read part of his step father's eulogy, I could only marvel at the effect this gentle man had on those who knew and loved him. My heart aches with his passing but rejoices in his life so well-lived. I feel honored to have "met" Matt through his brother's images and his step father's words. May his family find comfort in knowing their beloved has touched the lives of those you never knew him, only of him.

Chris Richter
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
Miss you so Matt. It's been 1 month now and the pain still feels so real. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for the Richter Family. Your prayers have been felt!

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