|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1920|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 2010|
He survived the crash of B-17G #42-31467 'Sac Hound'
401st Bomb Group, 613th Bomb Squadron
Richard W. Rickey, 89, of Sidney, died Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 3 p.m. at The Pavilion in Sidney.
He was born to the late George M. and Hazel (Littlejohn) Rickey on Oct. 10, 1920, in Pemberton.
Mr. Rickey graduated from Perry Township School in 1937. In 1940, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. While on leave, he met Ruth Ellen Clark. They married on Oct. 23, 1943. Since it was wartime, there was no time for a honeymoon as Mr. Rickey was sent to England as a member of a B-17 bomber crew.
On March 2, 1944, his plane was shot down over Belgium while returning from a mission to Frankfurt, Germany. He and two other members of his crew evaded capture for six months with the brave help of the Belgian underground until American forces liberated the area. For his service during the war, Mr. Rickey was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
After the war, he re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the service in 1963 as a master sergeant. He retired for a second time from the Stolle Corp. in 1985 after 22 years of service.
Mr. Rickey is survived by his three sons, Jon and Bonnie (Wilson) Rickey, James and Fran (Epperson) Rickey and Joel and Margaret (Hickerson) Rickey, all of Sidney; three grandchildren, Jon (Chris) Rickey, Brad Rickey and Sarah Rickey Carey; two stepgrandchildren, Robert Cruikshank and Angie Sanders; five great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Orville "Junior" Rickey, Theodore Rickey and William Rickey.
Mr. Rickey's beloved wife, Ruth, died in 2002 after 58 years of marriage. The Rickeys loved dancing. They belonged to several square dancing clubs in the area. They taught dancing for more than 20 years. Mr. Rickey was a member of the First Christian Church in Sidney. He was a lifetime member of the Sidney Post 217 of the American Legion.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with the Rev. Philip Chilcote officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Full military honors will be presented by both the U.S. Air Force and the Sidney American Legion Post 217 Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice, 1083 Fairington Road, Sidney.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com
Ruth E Rickey (1924 - 2002)*
Cedar Point Cemetery
Created by: Joan Shoffner
Record added: Apr 12, 2010
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