Dec 052012

Patrick Henry Ricke, 52, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Nov. 25, 2012, at the Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low. A special memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the home of Jeremy and Michelle Ricke, 1015 W. Bridle Path in Payson, where Pastor Dave Mar-shall of Calvary Community Church in Snowflake will officiate.
He was born in the old Mesa Southside Hospital in Mesa to his parents, Gerald Joseph and the late Janice Arlene (Holck) Ricke.
Patrick attended Gilbert High School and was a member of its 1978 graduating class.
He worked for several construction companies throughout his life as a truck driver and, in his younger years, owned his own trucking company.
Patrick was a man who never liked to stay idle and, when he wasn’t working, found plenty of hobbies to occupy his time.
First and foremost, Patrick was a devoted family man and truly loved the company of each member of his own family, including his children, grandchildren, father, brothers and sisters, and especially his wife. He had fun with them and loved to play with them, and was considered to be one of the greatest practical jokers of all time!
He loved to go 4-wheeling in his black 1978 Chevy pickup. Patrick always loved that truck and spent many happy hours in it! He also liked to take his guns in his truck and go target shooting. In his younger years, he was quite the hunter, too. He always enjoyed a quiet day fishing at the area’s lakes, rivers and streams, catching the evening meal.
Patrick was one of those rare individuals who truly was blessed with the proverbial “green thumb.” He, literally, could grow anything; flowers, fruits and vegetables, you name it, he could grow it.
Though large in stature, Patrick had a gentle heart and, though he would never admit it, he loved his dogs!
Patrick was also blessed with an innate desire to do what was right. He loved The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and found a great deal of peace as he and his wife attended Calvary Community Church in Snowflake. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to others in need and tried daily to follow The Lord’s admonition to love one another. He knew that when he was in the service of his fellow man, he was only in the service of his God.
Throughout his entire life, Patrick possessed a very caring and giving heart. Many were blessed by his countless acts of kindness to others. Even in death, Patrick found a way to give to others. He was a registered organ donor and upon his passing, he had arranged to help many dozens of people through his ultimate gift of kindness, quite literally, himself. Patrick’s family is so very grateful for the services of Donor Network of Ari-zona, who took the time to see that his final acts of giving could be realized. He gave the gift of life to others who were in desperate need of his selfless act of kindness, and his family finds a great deal of peace and com-fort knowing that others will live, see and walk without pain because of him.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Ann (Detherage) Ricke of Snowflake; two sons, Joshua Nathaniel Rumsey (Vanessa Purchase) of Chandler and C. Douglas Pearson Jr. (Paula Howard) of Show Low, Arizona; two daughters, Cassie Stiles (Cory Hager) of Show Low and Patricia Haskins (Vance) of Lakeside; his father, Gerry Ricke of Queen Creek; two sisters, Donna Ricke of San Tan Valley and Tammy Sheele of Gilbert; one brother, Jeremy Ricke (Michelle) of Payson; and five grandchildren, Aidan Rumsey, Emily Garcia, Keira Has-kins, Chevelle Charles and Jaden Hager.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Janice Arlene Ricke, who died on Sept. 19, 2011.
Memorial contributions in Patrick’s name to Calvary Community Church, 311 S. First East, Snowflake, Ariz. 85937, have been suggested by his family.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.