Rev. Daniel Gordon "Papa" Richter
1955 - 2021
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Reverend Daniel "Papa" Gordon Richter, 65, of Marienville, went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2021.

Born November 6, 1955 in Zelienople/Harmony, he was the son of the late William Richter and Daphne (Wren) Richter.

On October 10, 1986, he married the love of his life, Pamela J. Reitz; she survives. They were married for 35 beautiful years.

He was a graduate of Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA, then continued his education at Edinboro where he received his degree in Speech and Language Pathology. While in college, Daniel received his calling to be a minister. After graduating from Edinboro, he went onto seminary school and graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He was a faithful servant to the Lord for 42 years and was about to retire in July. He served many churches throughout his life and touched many lives through his words and kindness. He called Marienville UMC home for the last twenty-one years.

He and Pam loved to travel, try new restaurants (that's where his belly came from he said besides the good church dinners), animals, woodworking, going to the beach with his family, family vacations, and enjoyed meeting people. His favorite activity would be playing nerf gun wars with the grandkids, hiding so well no one could find him. Daniel was so proud of his family and loved his family so much. Papa was Mr. Fix-it. Whenever something needed fixed in the house everyone went to Papa. He was a loving father, grandfather, and friend. Dan always had a caring and loving heart. He was always willing to help someone. Daniel was loved by his family and loved by so many others. He will be missed so much by his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Danielle (Eddie) Miles and William Richter; two grandchildren, Liam Richter and Jaelyn Miles; his sister, Yvonne Kraus; a niece, Wendy and nephew, Johnny.

Visitation will be held from 1-3PM at the Furlong Funeral Home, 140 Cherry Street, Marienville, Pa. on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Private funeral services will be held for the family with Bill Richter and Rev. Patrick Lenox, Kane District United Methodist Superintendent, officiating.

Current recommendations related to the Covid-19 virus will be observed.

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Published in The Jeffersonian Democrat from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2021.
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A man above all me. Many of God, Wonderful Husband, Father, PaPa, brother and uncle. Always there for all people and full of love. The absolute best first time mentor and new pastor coming into ministry every could have. His genuine love of his family, friends and of his Lord was always very evident. We may lost a physical friend, but heaven gained an eternal saint. Dan will always remain in our hearts until we all meet again. Well done good and faithful servant.
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