FORT WORTH -- Martin Louis Richter Jr. went to be with our Lord Wednesday morning, February 14, 2018. Mr. Richter was 64. SERVICE: A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Auditorium at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Avenue. Complimentary parking will be provided in the West lot. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Calf Scramble Scholarship Fund or the Windy Ryan Memorial Roping Scholarship Fund, in his memory, is suggested. Martin Louis Richter Jr., better known as Marty, was born August 4, 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas. A cowboy and horseman from the beginning, Marty spent childhood summers with his uncle, S.L., starting racehorses, and later working as an order buyer at cattle auctions across Texas. His passion was rodeo. Marty was a bareback bronc rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, earning a Gold Card Membership. During his rodeo career, Marty enjoyed working for his lifelong friend, Billy Minick, and his rodeo stock contracting company. In 1978 Marty retired from professional rodeo when he married Mary Martha Edwards. He was a proud father to his three children – Mary Margaret, Meredith and Martin – instilling in them a passion for life, especially ranching and western heritage. Marty spent years coaching his daughters’ softball teams and decades mentoring his children and other youth in the rodeo arena. He possessed a strong desire for all kids to be successful and made everyone he encountered feel special. Marty spent his life giving back to the community through many charitable endeavors. He was a tireless volunteer for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo where he served on the board of directors and executive committee. Marty was instrumental in starting the Stock Show’s Calf Scramble, that his son, Martin, now co-chairs. He was very proud that his children followed in his footsteps with their involvement with the Stock Show. Marty volunteered and served as President of the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping for more than 30 years, raising funds for 4-H and FFA scholarships and supporting youth endeavors agriculture. Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mary Richter. SURVIVORS: In addition to his wife, Mary Martha, Marty is survived by his children, Meredith Davis and her husband, Jeff, Mary Margaret Richter, Martin Richter and his wife, Erin; grandchildren, Deak Davis, and McClain Richter; sister, Tonya Mershon and her husband, James; nieces and nephews, Misti Reed and her husband, Greg, Will Rodgers and his wife, Abby, Cass Rodgers and his wife, Christina, Crawford Rodgers, Ford Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards, and Jennie Edwards; and their families.
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