John Landon Richter passed away on March 30 at the age of 68. He was born on Jan. 15, 1951 in La Grange, Texas, at 1:55 a.m. to John Henry Richter and Sylvia Laverne Vasut Richter at La Grange Hospital. He was also born with a twin brother, Roger Dale Richter who passed away shortly after being born. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Sylvia Laverne Vasut Richter, his father, John Henry Richter and his brother, Ray Allen Richter.
Survivors include two brothers and three sisters. Lynn Carlton Richter Sr of Gonzales, Patricia Gayle Eichhorn and husband Hermann Sr. of Seguin, Linda Sue Haynes and friend Terry Hale of Luling, and Virginia Laverne Perkins and husband Melvin of Buda, Donald Joe Richter and wife Denise of Luling. He also has seven nephews, Ray Richter Jr of Jacksonville Florida, Blake McCray of Houston, Bryan Haynes and wife Michelle of Luling, Lynn Richter Jr. and wife Kate of Gonzales, Brent Haynes and fiancé Kristen Grace of Bastrop, Brandon Richter and wife Becky of Gonzales, and Hermann Eichhorn Jr. of Seguin.
He spent most of his life working in the oilfield with his family and friends. Traveling all over the state of Texas, chasing that Black Gold. After he decided to quit the oilfield, he took over his father’s rendering service from 1986-1997. In 1998 he began working at Harwood Farm and Ranch Supply in Harwood, Texas until his retirement.
In his free time, what he was really known for around the area, was breaking horses and working cattle. He had a special gift and technique for making fine cow horses. Another one of his life’s passions was coon hunting, he would chase his hounds all night long if need be. One thing about him was that he never willingly left a hound dog in the woods. He would take the time to gather all his dogs after the hunt was over. Deer hunting was also another one of his favorite things to do, he always looked forward to that time of year.
Never having any kids of his own or getting married, he was always spending time with his nephews and teaching them about hunting and breaking horses. He always made the time to answer any questions they may have had about any subject that came up.
He seldom ever met a stranger and could always strike up a conversation with just about anyone. He was the type of person who would give you the coat he was wearing, even if it meant he might get cold. The world will definitely miss his presence, he had many friends and family who will miss him. He was always putting others needs before his own, just trying to help anyone he could, even if it meant that he would have to go without.
A memorial service will be held April 13 at 10 a.m. in the Harwood Community Center with a family gathering from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Friends may leave their condolences by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Services were under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.