Richter, Rev. Daniel G.


Reverend Daniel "Papa" Gordon Richter, 65, pastor of the Marienville UM Charge, 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, who survives. They were married for 35 beautiful years.

A graduate of Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA, Daniel continued his education at Edinboro where he received his degree in Speech and Language Pathology. While in college, he received his calling to be a minister, and after graduating from Edinboro, earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. 

A faithful servant to the Lord for 42 years, he planned to retire from active ministry July 1, 2021.  He served many churches in Western PA and touched many lives through his words and kindness. He served at Marienville and Greenwood UMCs for the last 21 years. The Tylersburg UMC was added to the charge in 2019.

Daniel and Pam loved to travel, try new restaurants (that’s where his belly came from, he said, along with the good church dinners), and go on family vacations, especially to the beach. He also enjoyed animals, animals, woodworking, and meeting people. His favorite activity was playing nerf gun wars with the grandkids, hiding so well no one could find him. He was so proud of his family and loved his family so much.

Papa was Mr. Fix-it. Whenever something needed to be 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 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 from 1-3p.m. 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 Superintendent, officiating. Current recommendations related to the Covid-19 virus will be observed.

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