Theodore Carl "Papa Ted" Richter, 74, went to be with the Lord on October 4, 2015. He died at Advocate Condell Hospital from natural causes. He was surrounded by loving family members. Ted was born on February 7, 1941 and grew up in North Chicago, IL. He graduated form North Chicago High School in 1960 where he excelled in football and wrestling. This is when his passion for cars began. In his younger years, he volunteered for the North Chicago Fire Department. He owned Lakeland Bus Lines for many years. For the past 25 years, he has owned JR's Wrecker Services in Waukegan, IL. He was a man who lived life to the fullest; he worked hard, played hard and had a generous heart. His passions were hunting, racing snowmobiling, and four wheeling. But most of all, collecting, racing, and working on cars. At Waukegan Speedway he became known as the "Flying Fatman" and was the 1974 track champion. Following that, he became a proud sponsor and driver at the Lake County Fair Demolition Derby for over 20 years. In his later years, his favorite place was his lakehouse in Stephenson, Michigan where he spent time with family, friends, and most importantly, his grandkids. He is preceded in death by parents, William and Genevieve (nee O'Dette) Richter and his brother, William Richter, Jr. He is survived by his children, Kellie (Jeff) Indlecoffer, Ted (Susan) Richter, Jodi (Jim) Bacon, Cindy Richter, and Chris (Brandy) Spaulding. He was the proud grandfather of Johnny, Sarah, and Leah Indlecoffer, Kent, Kevin, and Brett Richter, Lanie and Lindy Bacon, Emma, Alli, and Chase Spaulding. Fiancee Marge Balicki and her children, Tom and Margie. Long-time friend of the late Don "Bumpa" Herson, Keith Borg, Pat Barbee, and Mike Shauer. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 from 5 to 9pm and Saturday from 9 to 10am with a service following at 10am at Marsh Funeral Home. Burial a Warren Cemetery and luncheon to follow at Immanuel Church.
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Published by News Sun from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2015.