In Memoriam : Abraham Richert

Abraham - Richert - age: 92
(December 12, 1918 to August 31, 2011 )
Resident of Visalia, California

Visitation Information:
Graveside Services will be held on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 10:00 am at the Exeter District Cemetery. A Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 am at the Exeter Church of God, corner of H and Chestnut Streets.

Abraham Richert, 92, of Exeter, went to be with the Lord August 31, 2011.

Graveside services are to be held at the Exeter Cemetery at 10 am with a memorial service following at 11 am at The Church of God in Exeter at Chestnut and H Street on Friday, September 9, 2011.
Abe was born December 12, 1918, in Corn, Oklahoma, to John and Lizzie Richert. He attended primary school in Corn and received a baseball scholarship to Southwestern College in Weatherford, OK. He attended college for two years until the bombing of Pearl Harbor prompted Abe to join the U.S. Navy. Abe served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Alywin destroyer throughout the duration of World War II. While on shore leave in Berkeley, CA he married his hometown sweetheart Lucille Reimer on September 27, 1943. After the end of the war they returned to Corn where Abe farmed wheat and barbered on the side. One day after farming Abe entered their home and told Lucille, “We’re going back to school”, and with three children already in the family they both returned to college and received their teaching credentials. He taught for two years at Edward’s Air Force Base in California and later moved to Lindsay and finally Exeter in 1979. Abe taught the shop class at Wilson Middle School in Exeter from 1964 until his retirement in 1985. Many Exeter residents to this day will share a story about being in Abe’s shop class and he always enjoyed getting hellos and handshakes from former students.
After retirement Abe and Lucille enjoyed traveling, playing golf and attending Visalia Bible Breakfast with the Reverend Westbrook where they joined him on many of his famed traveling adventures. Above all else Abe took great joy in spending time with his family. Spending time with his grandchildren, watching them grow into adults and then having great grandchildren to boast on as well was his great delight in life. On one of his many return trips to Corn he was able to fashion a family reunion of the Richert clan where he proudly introduced his family as “Abe’s People”. He was a man who always enjoyed the friendship of those around him and constantly made friends of strangers on his many travels with Lucille. He was always ready with a high five and an infectious laugh and smile for everyone he knew or met.
He is survived by Lucille Richert, his wife for 68 years; his son’s family, Ed and Becky Richert; two daughters and their spouses, Jeannie and Ron Paregien, Patty and Dennis Hylton; 8 grandchildren Shawn and Carmen Paregien, Ryan Paregien, Bethany and Jason Ancina, Dusty and Michelle Hylton, Chris and Megan Richert , Brittany and John McNelly and 4 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.
In lieu of flowers please give to the American Legion Scholarship, Exeter Post #94 of American Legion 324 N. Kaweah Exeter, Ca 93221

Steve Richert - September 2, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time. As Uncle Robert would say: "By Golly", this should be a "Celebration for the life of Abe Richert". It's hard to believe we are the older ones representing the Richert Family. We are thinking of you.

Sharon King - September 5, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
I was saddened to learn of Abe's passing. I first met him in the 70's when I subbed at Wilson School where he taught. He was always very friendly whenever our paths would cross. I last enjoyed visiting with him in late July at Quail Park. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Karl Warkentin - September 10, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
Lucille and family, our prayers remember you at this difficult time. We learned of Abe's passing last weekend when we visited Corn to attend the CHS/WHHS reunion. Everyone who knew Abe must have wonderful memories of him. His smile and sense of humor were infectuous. An era has passed. We admired him very much. God bless you. Karl and Rita Warkentin