Allen Paul Richter, 80, died Nov. 14, 2020, in his sleep in Naukati after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on Jan. 30, 1940, in Donald, Wisconsin; the third of four children born to Allen Henry and Margaret Richter.
He attended school in Wisconsin and Oregon, where he met his high school sweetheart, Barbara Joan Young.
Mr. Richter enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and was stationed in Japan. He served two years and received an honorable discharge. Upon his return, he proposed to and married Barbara, and they were married for 61 years.
“Allen had an adventurous spirit and was an entrepreneur at heart,” his family writes.
In the early years, Mr. Richter worked with his father at their gas station as an attendant and mechanic. In Watsonville, California, he worked as a skilled hairdresser, designing wigs and attending shows with Barbara working as his model.
“Allen always had a passion for planes and flying and eventually got his pilots license and started his own company, Clearlake Avionics, in Clearlake, California,” his family writes.
The couple sold the business in 1987 and moved to Alaska where they bought a commercial fishing boat. In 1988 they purchased Sea Otter Sound resort and fish camp, which they ran until 2000.
They opened the “Naukati Connection,” a mom-and-pop shop/gas station/post office and mechanic shop. Mr. Richter also obtained a dealer’s license and sold vehicles through AA Auto.
Mr. Richter supported the Mudd Boggs events in Naukati. He enjoyed driving anything that could move fast, racing, flying airplanes, hunting, fishing and visiting. His family writes that he was a great conversationalist.
Mr. Richter was a member of the Catholic Church.
“He will forever be remembered for his lighthearted nature, sense of humor, adventurous spirit, and unparalleled love for his family and friends,” his family writes.
Mr. Richter was preceded in death by parents, Allen Henry and Margaret Richter; siblings, Bill, Patty and Bobbie; and son, Andrew “Andy.”
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Richter; sons, Greg (Carin) and Mark; grandchildren, Drew (Mandy), Vanessa (Charles), Desiree (Jessie), Felisha (Tony), Brandon, Courtney, Paul and Jeffrey (Madi); numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family will hold a memorial this summer when it’s safe to get together.