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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Obituary: Benjamin McClellan Richert

  • Benjamin McClellan Richert, 54, of McPherson, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at his home in McPherson. Ben worked as a welder at The Bradbury Co. for 27 years and was well liked by his co-workers.
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  • Benjamin McClellan Richert, 54, of McPherson, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at his home in McPherson. Ben worked as a welder at The Bradbury Co. for 27 years and was well liked by his co-workers.
    He was born on May 1, 1959, in Glendive, Mont., to Raymond T. and Ruby J. (Janzen) Richert. On Oct. 14, 1982, Ben was united in marriage to Debra A. Willoughby in Miami, Okla., and made their home in McPherson.
    Ben enjoyed riding motorcycles and coaching his sons in their sports during their school years. He also liked helping people and showed this by doing special projects for them.  He was very fond of the holidays and enjoyed the family get-togethers.
    The most important thing in Ben’s life was spending time with family. He will be missed very much, especially by his grandchildren whom he loved very much. He was very fond of his pets, Shadow, Roxy and Lucky.
    Survivors include: his loving wife, Debra A. Richert of the home; his sons, Keith Richert and Kyle Richert of McPherson; six grandchildren, Kiya Richert, Lil Kyle Richert, Keira Richert, Kendra Mikkelson, Adison Henry, and Shaelyn Fields; mother, Ruby (Henry) Neufeldt of McPherson; three brothers, Quentin (Rhonda) Richert of McPherson, Larry (Janet) Richert of Moundridge, and Roland Richert of Moundridge; and many nephews and a niece.
    Ben was preceded in death by his father.
    A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Hopefield Mennonite Church Cemetery, Moundridge. Visitation will be from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at Stockham Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.

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