July 18, 2022 at the age of 60. Beloved husband of Judi Richter (nee Buchholz). Cherished father of James “Jack” (Shelby Harrell) Richter. Dear brother of Rick (Sherrie) Richter, Tim (Laurie) Richter, Terry (Cathy) Richter, and Belinda “BeBop” Campanelli. Loving uncle of Jaime (Dave) Stecker, Ashley (Critter) Mersenski, Dana Richter, Don Richter, Samantha Richter, Jaden Campanelli, Skyler Campanelli and Torrie Campanelli. Further survived by other relatives and friends
Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Dan’s Life on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Classic Lanes 7501 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154
Dan lived life at full speed and with true joy in everything he did. He was a proud father who loved his son Jack and enjoyed their tradition of spending the day making various flavors of chicken wings together. Dan delighted in being at the poker table with Jack and always reminisced about the time they won a poker tournament together.
A 22-year friendship between Dan and Judi blossomed into love and Dan gained a “Really Cute” racing partner as well as a wife. The unbreakable bond that was formed between Dan and Judi and the love Dan had for her was immediately evident to all that met him.
Racing has always been Dan’s passion. He started out Mud Bogging in his pickup truck the Mud Lizard and due to his competitive nature, worked his way up in racing world. He started dragging pickup trucks, then raced the indoor circuit with a Thunder Truck body and lastly to the Mud Drag Pro Open where the Richter Scale evolved. Adored by fans, loved and respected by his racing family, and with countless broken racing records on the books, Dan was always happy sitting in the seat of the Richter Scale sending the mud flying.
Dan spent 29 years as a project manager working for Edgerton Contractors Inc., and was the driving force behind many major projects in Milwaukee and Florida. He took pride in his work and relished the challenge of the projects he was responsible for and was very proud of the success he had with his teams. Some of his most significant projects he completed in his career were Miller Park Stadium, Mitchell Interchange, Zoo Interchange, Airport Spur and Lake Vista. He then had the opportunity to work on the Space Coast in Florida where he constructed rocket ship launch pads for Space X and Blue Origin. During his time there, he evolved into a self-proclaimed “Rocket Geek”.
His talents were astounding and widespread. He filled is life with numerous interests, affiliations, and hobbies. When he wasn’t racing, you could often find him playing poker, bowling, kayaking, shooting guns, and fishing. He enjoyed the drum core while in school and was a member of the Fraternal Order of The Eagles #4257 in Merritt Island, Florida. While an avid and passionate music fan with an ear for almost all genres of music, his absolute favorites were Rush, Myles Kennedy, and his nephew Donny Richter.
Anywhere Dan went he made friends instantly. He was easy to talk to, funny and always had a big smile. The first person people would go to when they needed help was Dan. Always dependable with an outreached hand to help. His kindness and generosity made him truly one of a kind.
What a Great Man !!! We will miss you and the entire excitement you carried with you Dan !!! Gone to soon !!! RIP Brother!!!
Dan was always so kind and caring at the race tracks! Even if he had a bad run, the kids screamed for joy and delight! They always ran back to Dans tent to talk incessantly about his runs. He was gracious enough to listen to all of them and sign anything the kids had with them.
I remember one time at Peat Monster a little boy about 5-6 asked him to sign his chest!
This young man was so excited all weekend long sporting Dans signature on his chest that his mom couldn’t get a shirt on him 🤣🤣🤣
Fly high and race all of Heaven making all the thunder roll down here!
See you on the other side Dan! You were a great man and awesome family man!
He was one of my best freinds i have lost 2 of the three best freinds of mine as i started helping danny after the mud lizard truck helped him build his first mud drag car and his last he never had a bad word for anyone danny i hope when i here it thunder its you and jock firing up the car RIP danny till we hook up again love you brother
GONE TO SOON. I’LL KNOW WHEN I HEAR THAT THUNDER LIKE KEVIN SAID, YOU WILL BE WITH JOCK.
A true co-worker & friend! Memories on and off the field of work will be cherished. Keep the balls of your feet rolling as Blackie often told us.
Dan you will be greatly missed. Wing night will never be the same without you. Neil and I will have great memories to tall anout.R.I.P
He was a true friend for a lot of years and the memories we made together will last forever!! RIP mt friend.
Sincere condolences on the passing of Dan. Praying for you all.
Dan was the greatest. He went as far as wanting to help me out with a new engine after I blew my hemi up. That’s when i quit mud racing, though Dan didn’t want me to. Early on we traveled to winter indoor races together. Lots of laughs. Even when my dog chewed up his brand new glasses,while he was taking his turn sleeping. God speed my friend. Bone digger. Dan and Di Vukovich.
There are no words to express the depth of sadness for the loss of our wonderful friend (roommate) and Yum’s customer. Dan will forever be in our hearts and memories.
Dan was truly one of a kind. We worked together on a few local projects and he was Always on top of his game. My condolences to his family.
God speed my friend.
What a great guy Danny was! He was always there for a helping hand. Gone to soon but will never be forgotten. 💔 Rest in peace dear friend, I’ll be smiling when I hear that thunder. Until we meet again, hugs and prayers to your family.