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Rev. Edward John Richmeyer


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On July 14, 2017, God called home one of his most faithful servants, Rev. Edward John Richmeyer. We know he will be greeted in heaven with a love by his wife, Dawn Stapleton Richmeyer, who has been patiently waiting for him since 1996. Ed and Dawn were married on June 28, 1953 in Buffalo, NY. They were blessed with four children, Lynn, Lori, Timothy and Michelle during their 43 years of marriage.
Pastor Ed was born on September 26, 1930 in Buffalo, New York, the only child of Sylverius Edward Richmeyer and Anne Donnelly Richmeyer. He was baptized on October 12, 1930, beginning his lifelong journey in faith.
He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Because of this education, he was called and served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, from September 14, 1954 to September 13, 1956. After his military service, he and his family moved to Sacramento, CA, where he worked as an engineer for Aerojet testing rockets. In time, he felt a greater calling for service and, on August 7, 1966, was ordained as a minister by the Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, IL. Pastor Ed devoted his life to serving God as a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church pastor. He began serving this ministry after graduation at the Faith Lutheran Church in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. In 1968, he and his family moved to New Mexico where, for the next 27 years, he would faithfully serve the congregations of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Silver City and the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Deming, retiring in 1995.
In retirement, Pastor Ed and Dawn moved to Roswell, NM in 1996. After the passing of his beloved wife, Dawn, Pastor Ed continued his life of service as a volunteer chaplain for Hospice of Roswell for eight years. In time, Pastor Ed moved to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Alan, in Katy, TX, where he was surrounded in love from his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on a daily basis. Pastor Ed was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church, in Katy, Texas where he continued to witness his faith.
While serving God and his flock was his primary calling, Pastor Ed also had a passion for painting and his children are grateful that they have his artwork to enjoy. Pastor Ed also enjoyed reading, which he shared with all of his children. As a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. he was always loving, supportive and understanding. His sense of humor will be missed.
Pastor Ed is survived by his children, Lynn & Mario Cordova of Lubbock, Lori & Alan Bishop of Katy, TX, Timothy & Shannon Richmeyer of Palm Bay, FL, and Michelle Demetrius of Lubbock, TX; Grandchildren, April & Patrick Ramsey of Katy, TX, Scott & Melissa Bishop of Katy, TX, Gideon Demetrius of Portland, OR, and Gwen Richmeyer of Portland, OR; and by his great-grandchildren, David Bishop, Daniel Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sean Ramsey; as well as other loving family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Memorial Lutheran Church in Katy, with Rev. John M Davis, Jr. officiating. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Roswell, NM.
In honor of Pastor Ed’s prior service, those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the hospice organization of your choice.