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John C. Richter

October 1, 1953 — November 6, 2022

Zelienople PA and Bald Head Island NC

John C. Richter


John C. Richter of Zelienople, PA and Bald Head Island, NC passed away on Nov. 6, 2022. He was a loving father, a devoted husband, a hard worker and a good man.


John was born in Belle Vernon, PA on October 1, 1953 on a dairy farm. He always said learning many different skills on the farm was a great start to life and fostered his work ethic. In senior year of high school, in English class the one and only class they shared through middle or high school, John met Judy, the love of his life. They were married August 25th 1973 in Belle Vernon and welcomed their son Jonathan in 1987.


John earned his engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  He had a storied and long career with PPG Industries.  John and Judy traveled the country, and then the world, with John overseeing plants and representing the company abroad.  John`s family is proud of his many professional contributions and accomplishments.


John had a passion for mentoring and always shared his deep, varied knowledge with coworkers, family and friends. John was a gifted storyteller and toast giver. Many will miss John`s listening ear and sensitive, sensible, and usually right point of view. Jonathan will miss His Dad`s patient advice.


John took immense pleasure in simple joys. A good beer and a good book, Pirate`s baseball and Pitt sports. He delighted in spending time with his grandson. In retirement he enjoyed slow days at the beach with Judy—perfecting a recipe in the kitchen or a project in the workshop, walking their dog Toby, golfing, fishing, and swimming in the ocean.


He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy; son Jonathan; daughter-in-law, Molly; and grandson, Sandy. He is also survived by sister, Melanie Smedley (Hugh); brother-in-law Tom Smedley (Diana); sister-in-law Joy O`Bryon; and many nephews and nieces.  His sister Linda Snowdowne (Ken) preceded him in death.


In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in John`s honor to the University of Pittsburgh.  Any donors please note in the memo field: Richter Engineering Legacy Fund in memory of John.  The address is: University of Pittsburgh, PO Box 640093, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-0093.


Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of John C. Richter on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Aveenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc., 580 Circle Drive, Rostraver Township (724-929-7934) 

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