Willard A. Ricke


Willard A. "Will" Ricke, 86, Greensburg, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg.
Born August 4, 1931, in Franklin County, he was the son of Edward and Louise (Meyer) Ricke.
Will graduated from Clarksburg High School. He was a 50-plus-year 3rd and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a charter member of the Greensburg Optimist Club, a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Eagles Lodge, Lions Club, and the Greensburg Country Club.
Will was retired from Moorman Manufacturing Company. He served as sales manager for over 30 years.
He was married to Dorothy M. "Dot" Koors on October 24, 1953, and she preceded him in death on August 2, 2009.
He is survived by two sons, William B. (Lynn) Ricke, Shelbyville, KY., Thomas C. (Susan) Ricke, Greensburg; one daughter, Patricia A. (Michael) Hensley, Greensburg; two sisters, Marilyn Schroeder, Marlene Wolter; eight grandchildren, Crystal (Eric) Stevens, Scott (Lindsay) Ricke, Andrea (Dean) Arnold, Luke (Erin) Ricke, Brandon Hensley, Rebecca Hensley, Jessica Hensley, Christian Hensley; eleven great-grandchildren, Toby Ricke, Asher Moore, Eleanor Ricke, Makenna Moore, Avery Arnold, Jackson Arnold, Maxwell Arnold, Gavin Ricke, Colin Ricke, Grace Hensley, and Layne Hensley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, Clifford "Skip" Ricke, Gilbert "Gib" Ricke; one sister, Anna Mae Ryan; one grandchild, Patrick Joseph Hensley.
A rosary service will begin at 9 am on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greensburg followed by visitation until 11 am.
A funeral Mass will begin at 11 am on Saturday at the church with Rev. John Meyer officiating.
Interment will be held in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg, Indiana.
Following interment, a celebration of life will be held at the Knights of Columbus in Greensburg from 1-4 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Decatur County Community Foundation for the Will and Dot Ricke Fund at St. Mary's School or to the Will and Dot Ricke Fund at Oldenburg Academy, IOPO (Indiana Organ Procurement Organization), or Gibault Children's Fund.
Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Published on June 21, 2018
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