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Richard Harter Richard Harter
(June 29, 1935 - April 20, 2012)

U.S. Veteran

Richard Harter, 76, of Highmore, South Dakota, died April 20, 2012, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by family and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

The eldest of four siblings, Mr. Harter was born June 29, 1935, in Hyde County, South Dakota, the son of Morris and Vera “June” (Hanson) Harter.  He attended grade school at North Eagle Township country school, graduated from Highmore High School in 1952, and obtained his BS degree in mathematics from South Dakota State University in 1965.  From 1954-1957, Mr. Harter served in the U.S. Marine Corps in a ground air support unit working with missile tracking radar/analog computer systems.

As a mathematician, Mr. Harter’s professional career was spent in computer programming, first as a numerical analyst and then as a software tools entrepreneur. His other interests included writing, acting, riding horses, playing volleyball, gardening, collecting, reading books, creating “Richard Harter’s World” (, and being a founding member of the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA).

In the fall of 2000, Mr. Harter returned to Highmore, South Dakota, to help with the care of his ailing mother.  After her death in 2002, he chose to continue living in Highmore.  He met Deborah Rinehart and married her in a memorable ceremony in their backyard on August 27, 2011.  They enjoyed many travels to visit friends and family across the United States and in Italy, watching relatives perform in national rodeos, and attending conferences.

Mr. Harter was an active member of the community, including participation in the statewide Horizons program. Through his involvement in the development and implementation of the community garden, transit program, and farmers’ market, he touched many lives.  He also enjoyed exploring the county and surrounding areas as part of the 2010 U.S. census team. 

In addition to his wife Deborah and her son Nicholas Shaull and fiancée Stephanie LeFebvre, Mr. Harter is survived by his sister, Lynn Saint James of Monterey, California; sister, Nanci Adams of Watsonville, California; sister, Lois Harter of Pollock Pines, California; nephew, Mark Sisson of Tustin, California; and niece, Robin Jane Jackson of Santa Ana, California. 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

The family thanks all that extended support and care during Mr. Harter’s illness. 

Luze Funeral Home of Highmore has been entrusted with Richard’s arrangements.