Richard Grover Rickett, 81, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday morning, March 17, 2010, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Sturgis, a son of the late Grover and Norma (Bailey) Rickett.
Dick was a lifelong resident of the Sturgis and Burr Oak area. On June 25, 1955, he married Wilma Deal in Quincy.
Following 40 years of dedicated employment with Newport Business Forms in Sturgis, he retired in 1992.
Dick was proud to have served his country with the U.S. Army from 1947-1953 earning the rank of sergeant.
He was a past member Loyal Order of Moose #574 and enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to garage sales and auctions, playing cards and he loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Wilma; a daughter, Carol (Tim) Charles of Sturgis; a son, Chuck (Cheryl) Rickett of White Pigeon; seven grandchildren, Carisa Seaman, Tonya (James) DeWitt, Tim (Christy) Charles, Corey (Racheal) Charles, Charlie (Carissa) Rickett, Michelle (Ron) Scarbery and Brenton Rickett; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Effie Woods and Joyce Miller, both of Sturgis; a brother, Theodore (Donna) Rickett of Sturgis; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Rickett; and four sisters, Donna Miller, Phyllis Helmer, Burnus Winkleblack and Dorothy Boggs.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel in Sturgis, where funeral services celebrating the life of Richard G. Rickett will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Nelson Brandymoore of the Coldwater Free Methodist Church will officiate.
A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis, where full military rites will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Rickett’s memory consider the Coldwater Free Methodist Church, 200 N. Fremont St., Coldwater, MI 49036 or Heidi’s Hope c/o C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, 300 N. Ingalis, Room N14D06, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.