Kenneth Richert

SPRINGFIELD — Kenneth Richert, age 81, of Springfield, MN died on March 14, 2019, at his home in rural Springfield, MN.

Visitation will be on Sunday, March 17, 2019, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Springfield Area Community Center.

Service will be held at the Springfield Area Community Center on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 4:00 pm.

The clergy will be Pastor Clint Evans. Interment will be at the Springfield City Cemetery in Springfield, MN at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN. On line condolences may be left for the family at

Kenneth Charles Richert was born on July 19, 1937 to Robert and Rose (Riebl) Richert in Springfield, MN. He attended and graduated from Springfield Public School. On December 5, 1959, Ken was united in marriage to Ellen Colburn at St. John Lutheran Church in Springfield. Ken was a lifelong farmer and seed dealer for Jacques Seed Company. From 1983 to 2000 Kenny owned Firestone and from 1986 to 2015 he owned and operated Richert Bus Service. He attempted to expand his business empire with other creative business ventures in Springfield. Kenny was a member of the American Legion and was a 4-H leader. He enjoyed bowling, playing Santa, gardening, tours of the farm in the skidloader, woodworking, evening fires, and camping. He was known for his great sense of humor.

He is survived by his son James (Carol) Richert of Comfrey; daughters – Lauri (Tim) Johnston of St. Charles, Katie (Chris) Romnes of Hayward, WI, and Molly (Jason) Schuneman of Coon Rapids; grandchildren – Megan, Taylor, Paige, Hunter, Tommy, Mackenzie; and great grandchildren Ellie and Milo; sister Avona Bielen; brother Roland (Lenore) Richert; sisters-in-law Joan Richert and Carol (Roger) Kemp; brothers-in-law Andy (Jeanette) Colburn and Lyle Bestland; and nieces and nephews. Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ellen in 1995; and brothers Donny and Bob.