Earnest Dewayne Richters, 79, died Thursday, November 18, 2021 in his home surrounded by his wife and loved ones. Celebration of Life will be held at 3pm, Sunday, November 28, 2021 at the Alvarado High School Gymnasium with Pastor Kim Long officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the celebration.
Dewayne was born on May 17, 1942 in Midland, Texas to parents Earnest and Lucille Richters. In life, he was an unwavering follower of Christ, and he impacted the lives of all with whom he came in contact. He served in the US Army from 1962-1965, stationed in Augsburg, Germany. While earning the rank of Sergeant E-5, he played football for the 24th Infantry Lions from 1963-1964. From 1967-1971, “Sarge” played football for and graduated from Sul Ross State University. He entered the teaching/coaching profession in 1971, where he shared his passion for education and love of the game at Alpine, Crane, Forney, Jourdanton, Aubrey, and Alvarado, Texas. He retired from teaching and coaching in 2000 with 30 years of service. He returned as a truant officer, math teacher, math teacher/coach, high school aide/ bus driver, and transportation supervisor for a total of 44 years of service in the field of education.
He was a city council member for 10 years and then became Mayor of Alvarado in 2011-2018. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and mentor to many. He will be remembered by many for his kind and giving heart, contagious smile, playful attitude, and the impact he made on so many lives.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Everett Richters of Alvarado, four children; Alex and Lesley Richters, Markus Richters and Terry Raymer, Jeff and Heather Richters, Amy and Stephen Evans; thirteen grandchildren; Logan Richters, Mason Richters, Clay Richters, Ty Richters, Landyn Wooten, Parker Richters, Markus Wooten, Canaan Richters, Callee Evans, Caycee Evans, Joshua Richters, Acee Richters, and Finlee Richters; and numerous adopted grandchildren “by heart”.
He was preceded in death by his parents Earnest and Lucille (Arnett) Richters; sisters: Veta Spears, Ginger Davis, and Madeline Raney; and brother Dean Richters.
As his final act of love and giving back to others, Coach Dewayne Richters chose to donate his body to science for cancer research at UT Southwestern. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society or The Dewayne “Coach” Richters Memorial Fund in c/o Alvarado Independent School District.
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