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Richard Dean Vitters


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Richard Dean Vitters

Born: July 8, 1935

Died: February 3, 2018

Richard Dean Vitters, 82, of Fremont died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Nye Legacy.

Richard was born July 8, 1935 in Huron, South Dakota to Herb and Hazel (Abbott) Vitters, the oldest of nine children. After graduating from Wessington, South Dakota High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in Japan and Korea. Following his military service, he began his academic career. He attended various colleges in South Dakota, and graduated with his Doctorate ED.D in Curriculum/Instruction at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. From July 1975 to June 1979, Richard was the Superintendent-Principle at South Wilmington School District #74 in South Wilmington, Illinois. In 1978 he was the Grundy-Kendall Counties Democratic candidate for Superintendent Educational Service Region.

Richard spent time in Saudi Arabia, working for Remco Oil Company, writing manuals. He taught at Huron College in South Dakota and he taught in Tarkio, Missouri, coming to Midland Lutheran College in Fremont in 1985 where he was Education Chairman. Then an opening in the South Dakota National Science Project became available, so after 8 years at Midland, he went back to South Dakota. 3 years later, Richard returned to this area and worked at Clarkson College in Omaha at Register/Instructor. Then Wayne State College asked Richard to help supervise student teachers in this area, which he continued to do in his retirement.

Retirement had him working for the Oak Tree Hotel as a van driver, and he also delivered phone books for Yellow Book. He enjoyed the challenge and the exercise. His dream of flying was realized when he and friends bought a small airplane which he enjoyed flying to the Miller, South Dakota area in the fall to pheasant hunt with his brothers. Richard was a scholar who loved learning new things, a true life-long learner. He still had time for 15 Elder Hostel Trips.

Richard was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Cosmos Club, Midland Bridge Group and the Masons and was president of the Platte Valley Civil War Round Table and Past Commander of Welstead Camp No. 3 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

On April 10, 1976 he was married to Judy Sullivan.

Richard is survived by his wife, Judy and family, Gregory and Marilyn Sullivan, Spokane, WA, Anne and Ted DeBord, Fremont, NE, Kathryn and Shane Isham, Coal City, IL, Eric and Stacey Sullivan, Seguin, TX; grandchildren, Brandon (Melissa) Benson, Ashley(Ryan) Benson, Levi and Lily Isham, James DeBord; and three great grandchildren, Payton, Jake, and Sawyer; his brothers, Donald and wife, Kathy, Wayne and wife, Betty, Albert and wife, Marilyn, David and wife, Sharon, Clifford and wife, Sandy, John and wife, Judy; and sister, Marles and Larry Wilson; sister-in-law, Sylvia Lemke; adopted daughter, Tammy Vitters Mohr.

A brother Jerry, preceded him in death.

A memorial service was 10:30 AM Monday (February 12th) at First Lutheran Church, followed by Military Honors at the church. The committal was Monday afternoon in the Omaha National Cemetery. Visitation with the family was on Sunday (February 11th) from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Ludvigsen Mortuary, Fremont.

Memorials are suggested to his church or the donor's choice.

Online guestbook at www.ludvigsenmortuary.com
Published in Morris Herald-News on Feb. 15, 2018
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