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Granite Falls baseball icon Butch Richter dead at 85

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

GRANITE FALLS -- William "Butch" Richter, a member of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and a key figure in Granite Falls hosting two state amateur baseball tournaments, died Tuesday morning at his home. He was 85.

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Richter volunteered numerous hours to the American Legion and VFW baseball programs in Granite Falls and was also the general manager of the Granite Falls Kilowatts amateur team.

Under Richter's supervision, the Kilowatts won Class C titles in 1993 and 2002. Richter also was instrumental in Granite Falls co-hosting the 1989 and 1999 state amateur baseball tournaments with Marshall.

Richter was basically in charge of everything for the Kilowatts, from recruiting players, overseeing the team's budget and maintenance of the field on the northeast side of Granite Falls. The ballpark is dedicated to Richter.

During his amateur playing days, which began in 1946, Richter also helped open the town's bowling alley in 1957 with four other businessmen.

Funeral services for Richter will be Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church.

See Richter's obituary on Page A-10.

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