Ernest C. Richter
Born on December 5, 1943 and went home May 13, 2019.
Ernie Richter went to be with God on Monday May 13, 2019 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon.
Ernie was born in Dallas, Oregon to Ray and Vera Richter. He had one sister and 3 brothers. He grew up and graduated high school in 1962 in Dallas. He furthered his education and received ongoing certifications for his car painting career at various colleges.
He served in the United States Army with great strength and bravery. He was drafted in 1966 and went to the Vietnam war from 1967-1969. Through his heroic acts in Vietnam, he received a bronze star.
Ernie married Donna Best but later divorced. He then married Roselee Hecht and was widowed in 2001.
Ernie was a professional car painter for over 40 years. Cars were his passion and he enjoyed working on and building hot rods and rat rods. He also enjoyed camping with horses, riding quads and his razor, and hunting for elk and deer. Many of his hobbies he shared with his lifelong best friend Harry Slack. He found joy in keeping his home and property well landscaped and beautiful and took a lot of pride in doing so. Ernie also enjoyed riding his Harley, being in his shop, going to reunions with classmates, and most of all, being with his grandchildren.
He has a life of memories and adventures with his siblings, children, grandchildren, and so many friends and co-workers.
Ernie is proceeded in death by his parents, Ray and Vera Richter; brother, Ray Richter; and wife, Roselee (Loui) Hecht.
Ernie is survived by his sister, Bonnie Hicks; brothers, Dan Richter and Don Richter; daughters Shelby Killebrew and Maryenna (Marina) Twist; son, Brandon Richter; and grand-kids, Jacob Killebrew, Charity Richter, Carson Richter, Maycee Richter, Phillip Twist, William Twist, and Lilly Twist.
Donations can be made to any non-profit veteran charity or to further cancer research.
Ernie did not want his loved ones to cry and be sad about his departure of earth. Instead, he wanted a celebration. He said he had a good life and that's how he wanted to be remembered. In honoring his wishes, a Celebration of Life will be held at AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home from 3-5pm on Sunday, May 19, 2019.