Lloyd D. Richter, 69, of Marshalltown, formerly of Storm Lake, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at Iowa Veterans Home of Marshalltown.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta with Rev. John H. Schmidt officiating. Burial was at St. John Lutheran Cemetery of rural Alta (Hanover) with military rites conducted by VFW Post #6172 of Alta. On-line condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com
Lloyd Richter was born in Storm Lake on July 18, 1947 to August and Margaret Richter. After his mother’s death when he was 12-years-old, he lived in the Boys Home in Toledo. He went to live with a foster family in Ottumwa when he was 15-years-old and graduated high school from Ottumwa High School in 1967 while living with his foster family.
After graduation, Lloyd served in the Air Force from 1970-1972. He later served in the Navy from 1973-1977, and sailed on the USS Voge. Lloyd was a Vietnam-era veteran.
Lloyd married Ila (Hinkeldey) Swartz on Aug. 25, 1979 at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. He and Ila were married for 29 years, until her death in November 2008.
Lloyd worked at Bil-Mar Foods as a forklift operator until his retirement in 2009.
Lloyd loved to fish, and would be picnicking and fishing with his family at the lake any chance he could get. He would spend hours at a time sitting on a dock with his mother-in-law, both with poles in hand. The main topic of conversation at those times were whether or not the fish were jumping and if it would be good fishing. He was a lifelong baseball fan and he always cheered for the Yankees. He loved music, particularly Buddy Holly music, and he loved to dance. You could occasionally catch him and Ila dancing on the living room floor on a Saturday afternoon. Lloyd enjoyed spending time with friends and loved to go to Northside Bar for a beer and a game of snooker on Friday nights.
Although Lloyd had no children of his own, he loved kids. He became step-father to two teenagers when he married Ila, and put up with their teenage years, which included many of their various friends. He also loved being a grandfather once those teenagers grew up and had children of their own.
Lloyd is survived by his step-daughter, Heather Perkins of Molalla, Ore.; his step-son, Ralph (Nancy) Swartz, of Lancaster, Ohio; his grandchildren: Robert Swartz of Storm Lake; Sarah (Jeremy) Taylor of Lancaster, Ohio; and Grace Perkins of Irving, Texas; his sisters-in-law, Judy Hinkeldey of Alta and Mary Davis of Topeka, Kan.; his foster-sister, Nancy Morrow of Ottumwa; his foster-brother, Bill Petrehn of Ottumwa; as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.