Robert “Bob” Eugene Ricker, son of Theodore Edward and Margaret Anna (Driskell) Ricker was born Nov. 7, 1931 on a farm northwest of Diagonal IA and passed away at his Maple Ridge Apartment in Mount Ayr IA on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at age 87.
Robert has one older brother Theodore Edward “Junior”. At age 3, Bob contracted the red measles and lost most of his hearing becoming legally deaf. When Bob was 13 years old his father died in a corn picker accident. Bob began dating the love of his life, Lucy Evelyn Pine, in high school. They graduated from Diagonal High School in 1951. Bob and Lucy were married 10/26/1952 and to this union 3 sons were born, Robert “Bobby” Eugene, Bruce Wayne and Brent Edward Ricker.
Bob always loved the land, raising cattle and farming. He and Junior farmed the family farm with their mother until Bob and Lucy bought the bordering farm, 4 and a half miles west of Mount Ayr. Bob and Lucy loved raising the boys, crops, hay, cattle, pigs, chickens, and a few goats and sheep. They were active in 4-H, Farm Bureau, Jaycees and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.
Bob accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior early in life and remained a life-long active member of the United Methodist Church of Diagonal.
Bob loved all kinds of sports including basketball, baseball, slow pitch, bowling, golf and was good at them. Bob was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Associations’ Hall of Fame in 2010. He was Iowa’s second leading all-time scorer with 1,525 points. He was a four-year starter and helped the team advance to sub-state all four years and also to the one-class State Tournament in 1949. He scored a state record 63 points and 31 field goals in a 1951 sectional tournament game against Conway. His leading 701 points in one year was second best all time for the state. He played many years on town teams, coached little league, and enjoyed going to all the kids and grandkids ball games.
Bob and Lucy sold the family farm in 1991 and moved into Mount Ayr, where Bob seeded for rural water for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter-in-law Martha Ricker; Brothers-in-laws Ronnie, Raymond and Bob Pine, Dave Wiley and Clyde Woods; and Sisters-in-law Frances Ricker and Ruth Mathis.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Lucy Evelyn; brother Theodore “Junior” Ricker of Mount Ayr; three sons Bobby (Pam) Ricker of Nashville TN, Bruce (Michell) Ricker of Sun Valley Lake and Brent Ricker of Mount Ayr; six grandchildren, Jaren (Frances Randi) Ricker of Spirit Lake IA, Lindsay Ricker of Ormond Beach FL, Blake Ricker of Minneapolis MN, Jessie Ricker of West Liberty IA, and Jake and Joe Ricker of Mount Ayr; three great-grandchildren, Evelyn, William and Hudson Ricker of Spirit Lake; and Sisters-in-law, Liz Wiley of Diagonal and Beverly Woods of Omaha NE; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Memorials are to the United Church of Diagonal or the Margaret Ricker Raider and Maroon Reading Program
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