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Clyde A. Richter, Jr.

KSAL StaffAugust 6, 2018

Clyde A. Richter, Jr. 91, of Salina passed away, Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Funeral services for Clyde and his wife, Frances, will be announced soon. Mr. Richter was born March 26, 1927, Council Grove, KS. He is a son of Clyde A. Richter, Sr. and Lillian (Day) Richter. He married Frances Kathaleen Trumble on February 28, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church, Salina. He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances, his parents, Clyde A., Sr., Lillian, and his brother, Earl D. Richter. Survivors include two sons, Dennis A. Richter (Roberta), Salina, Brian S. Richter (Holly), Topeka, a daughter, Nancee K. Woodward (William), Locust, NC, eight grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren.

Mr. Richter graduated from Washington High School, Salina, after completing the fall semester of his senior year. Beginning in January, 1945, he served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his military service, he married Frances and entered college as a mathematics major at Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina. He later became an electronics engineer and was a working partner with Electronics, Inc., Salina. Clyde was an accomplished jazz musician and led the modern jazz movement in the Salina area during the 1950’s and 1960’s, characterized by small jazz groups such as The Buddy Aladdin Septet and The Chessmen. In 2006, he performed with the Manhattan Transfer at the Stiefel Theatre, Salina. In later years, he taught several music students privately as well as music theory courses and jazz improvisation at Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina. Dad and mom are greatly missed by their family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Salina, care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

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