Virgil Taylor Richter "V.T." went to be with Jesus on November 15, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 20, 2023, at St. Peter & Paul Church in Plum Texas at 11:00 a.m. A Rosary will be recited prior to the Mass at 10:00 a.m.
Born on July 24, 1939, in Freer, Texas as the fourth child to Vincent and Leona Richter, V.T. grew up with his six brothers and sisters and was affectionately known as "Bootsie" to his family. He met his wife, Pat, in January of 1958 and they married in 1960. After they married, V.T. worked part-time and went to school, graduating from Texas A&I University in 1964. Together they lived for nearly 30 years in Kingsville, Texas where they raised their two daughters, Rhonda and Gail.
After 30 years of work at Celanese in Kingsville, V.T. retired and he and Pat relocated to La Grange to be closer to their family. It was there that in 1997 he realized his dream of building his own home. The house he built was home to many cherished moments with his family, especially his five grandchildren, along with his and pat's numerous friends.
V.T. was also well traveled; he and Pat were very fortunate to enjoy several pilgrimages including trips to the Holy Land, Lourdes, Rome, Fatima and Medjugorje among others. He used to joke with his daughters that he and Pat were "spending their inheritance."
Loved by many because of his selfless, loving, and humorous spirit. He had a gentle kindness about him and was always willing to lend a hand or help a neighbor. He was an active member of Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn where he was instrumental in the foundation of the scholarship breakfast for graduating seniors. He used to say the Bible study he was doing wasn't just a study because at his age he was "cramming for finals." V.T. was also a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and participated for many years with ACTS retreats and prison ministry.
V.T. was a loving husband, wonderful father, and exceptional Grandpa "T". He will be missed by many, but we are consoled knowing he is with his Savior in heaven.
V.T. is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Patricia Ann Gerik Richter; daughters, Rhonda Helyer (Scott) and Gail Hill (Kevin); brother, Richard Richter; grandchildren, Lyndsey Bierschwale (Kyle), Garrett Hill (Delila), Kelsey Kreul (Stephen), Drew Hill (Kelsey), Kari Hill (fiancé Lalo); and four great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Leona Richter; siblings, Kenneth Richter, Roy Richter, Delaine Dittrich, Patrick Richter, and Larry Richter.
Acting as pallbearers will be Garrett Hill, Drew Hill, Clint Hazelwood, Michael Dittrich, Thomas Kozel, and Edward Kozel.
The family requests Memorial contributions be made to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Building Fund.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange, Texas. Share your thoughts and fond memories online at www.fayettememorialfuneralhome.com