SMSgt (Ret) Robert C. Rickert, USAF, 69, of Athens
and Carlisle, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Harrisburg Hospital. He was born on Saturday, June 7, 1941, in Carlisle,
a son of the late Ben H. Rickert, Sr. and Evelyn (Cornman) Rickert.
Bob was a 1959 graduate of Cumberland Valley
High School and soon thereafter began his career in the U. S. Air Force. He served during the Vietnam War and retired as a
Senior Master Sergeant in 1981 after 22 years of honorable service. After his retirement from the military, Bob was employed
with the CVI Cable Co. in Sayre for 14 years and then worked for Time Warner Cable Co. in Binghamton, NY until his retirement
on March 24, 2011. Bob enjoyed going on cruises, fixing up homes and was a workaholic. He will be deeply missed by his family.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife
of nearly 50 years, Lei Lani E. (Smith) Rickert, two daughters; Dr. Kim L. Rickert (and her husband, Brian Selberg) of Dallas,
TX and Kelly L. Rickert of Liverpool, NY, one son, Andrew S. Rickert (and his companion, Renee’ Smith) of Athens, two
granddaughters; Megan R. Rickert, Esquire (and her husband, Alex Dreyer) of Atlanta, GA and Morgan E. Harrington of W. Henrietta,
NY, one sister, Joann (and her husband, Harry) Kern of Jamison, two nieces, two nephews, one uncle and several cousins. Bob
was preceded in death by one brother, Ben H. Rickert, Jr., who died in 2000.
A memorial service will be announced at a later
date. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Rd., Wormleysburg, PA 17043.
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May it comfort you to know that our caring thoughts
are with you at this very sad time. With Deepest Sympathy and love and prayers are with you.
I am sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to
And God's warmth surrounds you during you time of need
We are so sorry for your loss.
You are in our thoughts at this very sad time.
and Diane Hutsick
Thinking of you and your family.
I have many fond memories of working with Bob. I am so sorry for your loss.
I served with Robert at the 692nd Radar Sq. in Baudette
during the late 60s and early 70s. Robert was one of the most respected NCOIC on the base. He will be missed by many of his
fellow service men and women.
God's speed, Sergeant Robert Rickert.
Loni & Family,
Oour thoughts & prayers are with you at this time.
Take care of each other. God Bless!!
Jim & Sandie White
To Loni and family,
With heartfelt prayers
sympathy, my thoughts are
with you now.
Lei Lani and family,
I was so shocked and saddened
to hear of Bob's passing. He was one of the most talented men that I have ever met in my 55 years. He could take anything
that was broken and fix it.
He was without a doubt a mentor to me..took me under his wing when I worked for him and taught
me so much..a true friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this tough time....Dave
Lani, we were so sorry to hear of Rick's passing.
We have such fond memories of all the special times we were together and always looked forward to seeing both of you.
We pray that God will comfort you and all the family in these difficult times--as only He can do. Know that you and
the family are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.
John and Mae Manning
Dear Lani, Jo and families,
Our thoughts and prayers
are with you all. May good memories of your lives with Bob sustain you during this very difficult time.
Brooks and Hannah Sherman
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family
during these times of healing. Bob was a great guy and well liked by many. I miss his smiling face popping into my office
just to say "Hi" since he retired. Very sad that he did not get to enjoy his retirement. My heart goes out to the family.
Becky Birdsall and family
Loni, our hearts and prayers are with you and yours
at this time.
May God grant you peace.
Howard and Ellen Johnson
Mr. Rickert was a friend and mentor to me while
at TWC Binghamto. 5 years ago I transfered to Austin TX TW. I called him the day he retired. I will always remember
him telling me "At least you got that goin for you"( when I told him I was a USAF veteran). Also the time he spent at
my home having coffee with my wife Nancy and I, while helping us with ac outlets in our home. A good and honorable man is
how I will always remember him.
Bob... you will be missed by the Uhrinec family.
A. & Nancy S. Uhrinec Jr.
I love you, big brother!
Bob was a true friend in the cable world I enjoyed working
He looked great riding that camel on one of his
. When I retired he made my party just a little bit
God Speed Robert
Loni and family-
So very sorry to hear of Rick's
passing-please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brian and Diana (White) Westphal and family
I am speechless on the news of Bob's death this
a.m. As a classmate, friend and a USAF brother in the service to our country, I am deeply saddened by Bob's passing
and I sincerely extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this time.
We are grief stricken with this sad news. Rick was a warrior in life and went to
his reward much to soon. We shall miss him and send our condolences to Loni, Kim, Kelly and Andy and their families.
& Carol Ward
I am so sorry about your loss.
I remember when you came to the Valley.
He was a good person.
Deepest Sympathy to Loni and the family for the untimely
loss of Bob, husband and father and friend to many. I know you will all miss him dearly as will his friends and classmates
from the class of 1959.
Phyllis Thompson Levengood
Loni and Family~
Wow so shocked to come back from
vacation and hear of Bobs unexpected passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time. He was truly an awesome
guy, the go to Uncle figure for sage ,financial advise, or to have him clean or fix any thing in the office...this will be
a big loss for anyones life that he touched. God Bless You All
Deb & Don Deubler
Lani, Kelly, Andy, Kim and family,
I was so sorry to read about Mr. Rickert's passing.
This is not an easy time for all of you. I want you to know you are in my prayers and thoughts.
Lois Allen Athens,
Dear Loni and Family,
I was so shocked and sad by the news of Ricks
passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May you find comfort in his memories and strengh
in God to get you threw this.
With much Love,
So sorry to hear of Bob passing away. My prayers and
thoughts are extended to all the Rickert family and Lani. God bless all of you.
I wish that the words I write could help in this
time of sorrow
but yet I know that they do not. Hold tight to
your memories of your loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother.
That is something that you can carry in your heart forever.
I send you my thoughts & prayers.
John & Stacey Barber
To Lani and family.
My sincere condolences on
your loss of Bob to your family.
Larry Smith, SMSgt, USAF (Ret.)
Baudette: 1972 - 1973
It is with great sadness
and sympathy I send my condolences to you Lelani and
family, and may God be with you all in remembrance of
a dear friend of mine.
Loni and Family, So saddened by this news. We will always remember the
twinkle in Rick's eye and know that it was his family that put it there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
& Ed Proetz
Blessings to you, Lei Lani and children at this most difficult time - Larry
& I are surprised and sadden to just learn about Rick's passing - thank you for talking to Larry & I today LeiLani!
Love and Hugs, L & B
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