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Memorial Service

Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion Chapel
Saturday January 9th, 2021

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Richard Avery Visser

Richard Avery Visser was born March 3, 1941 to W.M. and Esther (Avery) Visser at a hospital in Manhattan. He passed away due to Covid-19 on December 6, 2020. He was a loving husband to Phyllis Visser for 32 years. He was a kind generous man.


Richard enjoyed farming from the time he started helping his father and grandfather on the farm outside of Riley, Kansas. He graduated from Riley High School in 1959 and then went to College in Emporia prior to coming to Herington. He attended a radiator school in Omaha, Nebraska and then purchased equipment for his shop. He opened his first shop in August 1963 at 603 W. Walnut right beside the rail road tracks. He lived at the shop and slept on the roof when it was hot in the summer.


The expansion of Ft. Riley made it necessary for his parents to move from the family farm so they moved to Herington on a farm two and half miles east of Herington to be close to Richard. Richard soon moved his business to the farm so it was easy to farm when he was not busy in his shop. He also sold Starcraft Boats and Mercury Outboard Motors until 1977. He began selling and repairing Homelite Chainsaws in 1969. He sold pickup toppers from the 70’s to the 90’s. In 1992 he became a dealer for Trailman and Travalong livestock, flatbeds, and grain hauling trailers. He was in business for 56 years. During this time he also took care of the farming as his dad was slowing down. He bought the farm from his parents in the 80’s and they moved to town.


He is survived by his wife Phyllis, Brother Earl. Step-Son David (Diane) King, Step-Daughter Laura Kiddy, Granddaughter Vanessa Kiddy Step-Grand Children Taylor (Dante) Spaniol, Bret (Bailey) King, Jake King, Jordon King.


He is preceded by his parents and son Jeffrey King.


A memorial service will be held 10 am, Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Herington, Kansas. Then later that afternoon a graveside service will be held 2pm at The Riley Cemetery in Riley, Kansas. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. Yazel-Megli Funeral Homes, Herington is serving the family.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Richard at www.ymzfh.com

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I attended Sunday School Class at the First Baptist School in Herington for a few years with Richard. He was very knowledgeable on the Bible and was a pleasure to study with. I knew him to have a strong work ethic and someone you could always trust. We extend our condolences to Phyliss and the Visser family. A wonderful gentleman is now home with his Lord.
Chester and Joyce Leach

Chester and Joyce Leach Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

I knew Richard when we were 4-Hers togerher many years ago. So sorry to hear of his passing. May his soul be at rest.

Sharon Tally Jan 9 2021 12:00 AM

Richard was a strong man and always had a smile. He did a lot of good things. He now is in a better place .

Nancy and Glen Nelson Dec 24 2020 12:00 AM

Richards mom (our Aunt Esther) was the second oldest of our fathers three sisters. As kids, she taught us creative skills, such as painting designs on fabric, embroidering, and appliqueing pillowcases and aprons. His father, Uncle Bill, recorded many 8mm movie memories captured in 2-3 minute snippits. Richard carefully stored these film rolls, and his brother Earl later digitized them for posterity.

Growing up, we lived on neighboring farms and spent many fun family times together. As adults, we were scattered geographically, but Richard always attended our annual Avery and EBC family reunions, along with his wife Phyllis, whom we embraced as a Chosen One. Richard's sense of humor was on display in his welded sculptures created from old shop tools and saw parts. One resembled a KU Jayhawk. Another'radiator man'held their mailbox; hovering high above it on a pole was a second mailbox for 'Air Mail.'

We welcome the opportunity to plant a tree in Richards honor, given it was our fathers tradition, as well as Richards, to nourish the land they farmed. We will continue to speak his name with love and gratitude for all the goodness and inspiration he brought to us and for the many lives he touched.

From the 1st Cousin Sisters: Jonne Avery Long, Cheri AveryBlack, and Kriss Avery

Cheri, Kriss, and Jonne Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

As Richards brother, your encouragement and listening to him is appreciated. He left a legacy with me of being an excellent manager and improving the fertility of his land and providing many improved fences on his pasture. His work ethic was a model for the Visser Avery Heritage that he was proud of.

Earl Visser Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

As Richards brother, I was able to hear his appreciation for your advice. He was pleased to be recognized for adding shelter and good improvement practices to the land.

Earl Visser Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

As Richards brother, I was able to appreciate his trust, work ethic, and ability to get the job done. I appreciate his wonderful legacy of living a model Visser Avery work ethic.
He was able to create a straight fence and improve land productivity.

Earl Visser Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

We enjoyed visiting with Richard at the Visser Arent's Reunions.

Eugene and Lois Visser Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

Richard was my first cousin, along with his older brother Earl. We lived on a nearby farm and regularly spent fun times visiting them and their parents, Uncle Bill and Aunt Esther. We also played together on holidays, especially Christmas with Uncle Alfred disguised as Santa Claus, and July 4th with fireworks and 20 flavors of hand-churned home-made ice cream. As one of the boys, he liked to tease, including trying to scare me with little ring-neck snakes. Along with the other kids, he rode the merry-go-round built by our grandfather on our farm's picnic grounds, and swung out over the creek on a gunny-sack seat at the end of a long rope tied to a limb high above. We could count on his smiles and contagious laughter. I don't recall him ever complaining even though an illness had "cramped his style" hampering his mobility. My favorites of his creativities were small sculptures he welded and wired together from metal scraps. I still cherish mine that looks like a farmer. He also gifted our family with his wonderful wife, Phyllis. We will remember him with love and gratitude for all he brought to our lives and the world.

Cheri Avery Black Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

Met Richard years ago and shared his Love for repairing things. Bought my first Homelite from him and had him fix many radiators for me. As a customer I fixed a lot of his tractors balers and combines. He was a True business man, a Good Farmer and wonderful friend.

Jay Brunner Dec 14 2020 12:00 AM

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