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Paul Rhoads RickertNovember 23, 1933 ~ April 19, 2017 (age 83)
Paul Rhoads Rickert, formerly of Hendersonville, NC, passed away on April 19, 2017 at Circle of Life Legacy Village in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born November 23, 1933 in Aurora, Illinois.
Paul graduated from Springfield High School (Illinois) in 1951. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He then served in the Army Reserves, completing 2 years of service. After active duty, Paul returned to the university to attain a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts and Education from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He completed his Masters in 1963.
His career in included teaching at Proviso West High School and then at Waubaunsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL. Paul was an educator at heart. His students (and his kids and grandkids) would tell you he always had time to answer a question or help you work through solving a problem. His manner made you feel valued and special. The best thing was when he would smile at you with a twinkle in his eye that you had succeeded. He is also a published author of a text book, Introduction to Automotive Technology on college level automotive skills. Paul loved to tinker and could fix anything as this book shows.
He retired from Waubonsee in 1989. Retirement was spent with the love of his life, Marion, in Oswego, IL; Hendersonville, IL and then at Innisfree Independent living in Rogers, AR. They spent 31 beautiful years together.
The passions of Paul’s life were varied but influenced by history. His love of history led him to participate in American Revolutionary War reenacting with the 2nd Virginia Regiment of the NWTA. He did this for many years with his daughter, Arden.
His next pursuit once he hung up his musket was to research genealogy of his extended families. He perused this with such passion that he became a teacher once again teaching all levels of genealogy in Hendersonville. He was a consistent contributor to genealogy newsletters and authored numerous published genealogy articles. He also did research for non-family when able.
When researching his family’s genealogy he discovered past relatives were veterans of the Civil War. Being a veteran himself, this created a new interest in the Battle of Gettysburg where his relatives had served. One time while doing monument searches at Gettysburg, Paul got so caught up in the hunt that he walked across a ditch and fell and broke his wrist. He did save his camera though.
Paul also loved his churches and was often called by both Grace Lutheran in Hendersonville, NC and Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers to fill many roles such as managing sound for services and driving the van to pick up people for Sunday services and with his desire to never miss an opportunity to smile and joke around... he loved being a greeter!
Paul loved his family both living and in the past. His love and pride of his roots in Naperville, IL led to him donating many family artifacts to the Naper Settlement Museum.
We will remember Paul and hold him close as a devoted husband, loving father, brother, grandfather and uncle.
Everyone who knew Paul is asked to celebrate his life and how he impacted your life in your own way. Paul would not want us to waste time on grief any longer than necessary. He would tell you to do what you need to do but don’t linger for him. He let us know he was going to be fine. We know his is very busy once more searching for his ancestors and getting answers to all those questions he had. This image is very comforting to his family.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Yula Isley Rickert and C. Hobart Rickert and one brother, J. Holbrook Rickert.
Survivors include his wife, Marion; his daughter, Arden of Kalamazoo, MI; step-children, David (Kerry) Stricker of Rogers, AR , Stephen (Arlene) Stricker of Florence, KY, Thomas Stricker of Montogmery, IL and Dan Stricker of Aurora, IL; his brother, Chuck (Carolyn) Rickert of Marietta, GA; sisters-in-law, Ann Rickert of Denver, CO, Ellen Allen of Jacksonville, NC ; four grandchildren, Drew Stricker of San Francisco, CA, Sarah Stricker, of Fayetteville, AR, Aaron and Rhiannon Stricker of Florence, KY; three nephews and one niece.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00pm, Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 805 West Olrich Street, Rogers, AR. Burial will be at 11:00AM on May 13, 2017 at the Naperville Cemetery in Naperville, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 805 West Olrich Street, Rogers, Arkansas or to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers
American Cancer Society
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Peace Lutheran Church
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