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In loving memory of
Donald Rickard
  • May 16, 1951
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  • September 12, 2022

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Don’s brave battle with cancer ended peacefully the morning of September 12, 2022. With his wife by his side, Don left this world for a better one but it wasn’t easy. Don loved his retirement life at “On Top of the World” 55+ Community.

Don enjoyed daily walks through the community that lasted twice as long as expected because he loved visiting with people along his path. If Don wasn’t enjoying archery, he was dancing with his wife at the square, swimming in the pool, or soaring down the street in his golf cart.

Prior to retirement, Don spent many long hours providing for his family. He was a dedicated worker as a machinist and CNC Boring Mill operator. But his work did not define him. Don was more known for his quiet presence and faith in God. He was a good listener, great father, husband and friend. His warm smile and big brown eyes reflected the presence of Jesus. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his WIFE: Diane Rickard CHILDREN: Davin Rickard, Christie Rickard, Lawrence Garringer and wife Joy Garringer, BROTHERS: Darell Rickard and wife Chris Rickard, Randy Rickard and wife Mary Rickard, SISTER: Bonnie Keiser and husband John Keiser. FATHER: Donald Rickard Sr. He was proceeded in death by his Mother Phyllis Rickard and Daughter Jennifer Garringer.

Flowers are welcome at Meadowbrook Church, 4741 SW 20th St, Ocala, FL 34474 the day of his Memorial Service, which will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 10:00am in Room 405. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MADD Central Florida in Jennifer Garringer’s Memory.

The Central Florida MADD site is: https://madd.org/central-florida/

Donations in memory of Jen and Don can be made at https://www.walklikemadd.org/participant/JensPinkParade

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Location:
Meadowbrook Church
4741 SW 20th St, Ocala, FL 34474
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Date & Time:
September 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM


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  1. Jenna says:
    28 Sep 2022
    I’m so glad I got a chance to visit you guys this spring. It was fun looking and laughing at the old yearbooks and pictures. We will miss you uncle Don. Rest In Peace.

  2. Karen Honeycutt lit a candle:
    26 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 26, 2022 at 9:53:41 PM

  3. Lisa Zabor posted an image:
    26 Sep 2022
    Our honeymoon visit<br />
Even though I'm hurting now I am using all my memories of us whether it be the barbeques at the lake house or the many Christmases we shared together to put a smile on my face. See you when my work here is complete Love you uncle Don
    Our honeymoon visit
    Even though I'm hurting now I am using all my memories of us whether it be the barbeques at the lake house or the many Christmases we shared together to put a smile on my face. See you when my work here is complete Love you uncle Don

  4. Stephen Zabor posted an image:
    26 Sep 2022
    Our visit on our honeymoon this year had a great time getting to know you since I was the last one in the family lol Even though you were going thru the issues you were you were a witty n funny Individual. Which made it easy to call you Uncle Don
    Our visit on our honeymoon this year had a great time getting to know you since I was the last one in the family lol Even though you were going thru the issues you were you were a witty n funny Individual. Which made it easy to call you Uncle Don

  5. Lawrence Garringer says:
    26 Sep 2022
    Don, words will never express how grateful I am to have you in my life. I will never forget meeting you for the first time and know in that moment you would protect my mother and me. What I didn't know was just how much more then that you would do. From providing a Lake house to boat rides you are an amazing, father, provider, mentor and teacher. You tell the best jokes and always welcome with a great smile and a warm hugs. Wish I could give you a big hug right know if you can imagine a big hug right now from me and know in your heart I Love you so very much!

  6. Todd says:
    22 Sep 2022
    I met Don back in 2011 and the time I spent with him, while sadly too brief, was a very great time. He was always quick with a joke or a funny comment and was always a great listener. I remember in the summer he liked to get the boat out on the lake and fish, he liked to cycle, and take long walks with his wife Diane. In August of 2016, I was happy to call them my in-laws as I married their daughter Jen. It was really sad when they moved to Florida because we knew we wouldn't have our monthly get togethers at our usual restaurants. But we were happy for their new adventure! I was fortunate enough to see Don last June and just like always, I had a great time with him and the family. He will truly be missed. Heaven has received a great man, and I know Jen will be there to greet him.

  7. Todd posted an image:
    22 Sep 2022
    This was us during the family vacation in Saugatuk, MI in 2013. It was a fun time at the beach and the sand dunes!
    This was us during the family vacation in Saugatuk, MI in 2013. It was a fun time at the beach and the sand dunes!

  8. Davin Rickard /son posted an image:
    22 Sep 2022
    Me and my dad
    Me and my dad

  9. Davin Rickard /son says:
    22 Sep 2022
    My father
    Love his family he best he could To provide a good life.
    He worked a lot of long and hard hours. And in his words a hot sweaty factory. Which yes I could tell he hated this work.
    At Times he made that clear.
    But he knew he was good at his job he was doing the best to provide. He helped me out financially when I made mistakes. I'm most grateful for one he help me out to get to a surgery when my mother was going to help me And she and I had a Issue between us And she didn't want to take me back to the doctors. my dad stepped in and took me back. I had a stunt in me . And I'll never forget how angry he got that my mother refused to take me back to the doctors. So he did.
    I remember him saying was she just gonna leave that stunt in you. Step in At the right time. My life is filled a lot of times like this. But he was always made it a point to call me to stand touch. I teased him for Little bit He called me once a month at least. So you i make a joke I Said to him it must be my time of the month.
    Before My dad my stepmom moved to Florida
    I went over to my Place once a month and He take me out some restaurant. We set And eat and talk about how things were going. About my work and life and He is . I'm gonna miss him. But at least he got to live his hopes and dreams with this loving wife wife who's done a wonderful job of taking care of him and I'm extremely grateful for all the love and joy she brought to his life. She made him a better man she brought out the best in him.

  10. Terry Smith says:
    19 Sep 2022
    Hi Diane. We never met but I am Terry, the youngest of Aunt Pauline’s and Uncle Bob’s kids. I hadn’t seen Donnie since I young, probably 12-15. I would have loved seeing him again. I actually was gonna try and see him and/or Bonnie next month while I’m in Florida. I was hoping to attend the Memorial because I arrive in Tampa on the 26th but unfortunately we leave for a cruise before the service. May God be with you and comfort you. Donnie, RIP cousin. You are loved and will be missed.

  11. CHRISTINE RICKARD says:
    19 Sep 2022
    11 months ago, I got devastating news and my heart was broken. The thought of losing my brother was hard to imagine.
    Remembering the past, Don and I worked together for 13 years and had alot of great times. I was honored to be the best man at his wedding to Diane. After the closing of the company, we both went our separate employment ways. Seeing each other only at family gatherings and special events. During the past year we talked many times on the phone. Don loved to talk ! In fact now that he is gone, I might as well get rid of my phone. Because he is the only one who called me ! Haha :) Some may say Don lost his battle to cancer. But I say he lives on with his soul in our hearts and his spirit in Heaven.
    Don , I will truly miss you . And never forget that you were a GREAT brother.
    Love, Darell

    43 years ago Don became my brother-in-law. What a kind, gentle, soul he was and will always be remembered in my heart as such.
    I was happy I could tell him was a great brother-in-law he has been the day before he passed. He always appreciated when I made him baked goods and especially my Dill Pretzels to enjoy on his travels back to Florida. This family will miss him immensely ,but I sure am glad I was blessed to know him.
    Love, Chris

  12. Patty Soltesiz says:
    19 Sep 2022
    My fondest memories of Don were him singing on the front porch. He loved his music and being his neighbor he would be singing loud. Everytime I heard him it brought a big smile to my face. We will miss you Don. Till we meet again in heaven. Love ur neighbors Patty ,Travis & Conan

  13. Phyllis Antosz says:
    18 Sep 2022
    Dear Diane and Family, so sorry to hear of your loss. You both have been such a light to all who know you. Your love for God and family was strength to us all. We will keep you in our prayers and know you are missed and loved.

  14. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    17 Sep 2022
    Our last trip was in Ormond Beach.  Don said it was the best!❤️
    Our last trip was in Ormond Beach. Don said it was the best!❤️

  15. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    17 Sep 2022
    Had fun riding our rented golf cart on New Smyrna Beach with brother Randy and wife Mary.
    Had fun riding our rented golf cart on New Smyrna Beach with brother Randy and wife Mary.

  16. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    17 Sep 2022
    Don enjoying hot tub Jensen Beach trip.
    Don enjoying hot tub Jensen Beach trip.

  17. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    17 Sep 2022
    Don relaxing at our Crystal River trip!
    Don relaxing at our Crystal River trip!

  18. Linda says:
    17 Sep 2022
    I met Diane and Don in 1997 when I moved across the street. I had lots of ups and downs throughout the years ... but the one steady constant was the kindness, love, and support shown to me by Diane and Don as I went through multiple struggles. I will never forget. Don, your big smile and easy greeting will be missed. Dance, sing, and rejoice. You are home and with your Jen again.

  19. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    16 Sep 2022
    In case you haven't noticed, I am posting a lot of pictures for those who can't attend the Celebration  of Life for Don in Florida.  <br />
Here we are when we dated but not too long after we were married.
    In case you haven't noticed, I am posting a lot of pictures for those who can't attend the Celebration of Life for Don in Florida.
    Here we are when we dated but not too long after we were married.

  20. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    16 Sep 2022
    Riding a bicycle built for 2 when we were on Macinac Island.
    Riding a bicycle built for 2 when we were on Macinac Island.

  21. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    16 Sep 2022
    A very fun trip to Boston.
    A very fun trip to Boston.

  22. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    16 Sep 2022
    One of our many wonderful trips to Pennsylvania.
    One of our many wonderful trips to Pennsylvania.

  23. Norma Boteler says:
    16 Sep 2022
    I met Don about 5 yrs ago on a OTOW trip and met him many times while walking in the neighborhood. He was such a pleasant person and from the conversations, he was devoted to his family.
    I know he is at peace and I pray for peace for his family.

  24. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    16 Sep 2022
    The Family gathering at George Willard's House.
    The Family gathering at George Willard's House.

  25. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    16 Sep 2022
    Christmas at Grandma and Granpa's.
    Christmas at Grandma and Granpa's.

  26. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    16 Sep 2022
    Don having fun at his 40th Birthday Party
    Don having fun at his 40th Birthday Party

  27. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    16 Sep 2022
    Myrtle Beach Trip
    Myrtle Beach Trip

  28. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    16 Sep 2022
    Larry's Wedding.
    Larry's Wedding.

  29. Janet Censoni says:
    15 Sep 2022
    Rest in peace dear Don!!!!
    Never did I ever meet someone more dedicated than you to your family and providing for them!
    Peace Don!
    Until we met again!♥️♥️♥️
    You will be greatly missed!
    Janet

  30. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Don and Diane in Estes Park, Colorado.  He shaved his mustache for the trip:)
    Don and Diane in Estes Park, Colorado. He shaved his mustache for the trip:)

  31. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Don and Diane in Fort Lauderdale Florida on their honeymoon.  28 years later they move to Florida.
    Don and Diane in Fort Lauderdale Florida on their honeymoon. 28 years later they move to Florida.

  32. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Don posing for Diane near Lake Michigan.
    Don posing for Diane near Lake Michigan.

  33. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Our wedding picture with our parents and what is Jen doing in the picture???  :)
    Our wedding picture with our parents and what is Jen doing in the picture??? :)

  34. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Don and I at Jen's graduation Wayne State University.
    Don and I at Jen's graduation Wayne State University.

  35. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Don's graduation picture Lowrey High School 1969.  His Gradmother said he looked like John F Kennedy.  I think so too.
    Don's graduation picture Lowrey High School 1969. His Gradmother said he looked like John F Kennedy. I think so too.

  36. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Another Turkey Trot Walk in Hendersonville NC
    Another Turkey Trot Walk in Hendersonville NC

  37. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    A beautiful day trip in Florida
    A beautiful day trip in Florida

  38. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    A wonderful trip to Utah
    A wonderful trip to Utah

  39. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Granddaughter, Kaitlin's Graduation
    Granddaughter, Kaitlin's Graduation

  40. Judy Owen posted an image:
    14 Sep 2022
    Diane and Don on our boat enjoying a sunny day on Lake St. Helen
    Diane and Don on our boat enjoying a sunny day on Lake St. Helen

  41. Judy Owen posted an image:
    14 Sep 2022
    Blast from the past!  <br />
This was taken at our of our traditional Christmas Eve dinners with the Owen family.
    Blast from the past!
    This was taken at our of our traditional Christmas Eve dinners with the Owen family.

  42. Judy Owen posted an image:
    14 Sep 2022
    Don loved the mountains. Here he is with Diane at the top of Mount Mitchell from November of 2020.
    Don loved the mountains. Here he is with Diane at the top of Mount Mitchell from November of 2020.

  43. Judy Owen posted an image:
    14 Sep 2022
    Don and his "Beach Babes"
    Don and his "Beach Babes"

  44. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    14 Sep 2022
    A beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain View during a North Carolina visit.
    A beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain View during a North Carolina visit.

  45. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    14 Sep 2022
    Wonderful dinner with the cousins!
    Wonderful dinner with the cousins!

  46. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    14 Sep 2022
    Dancing at the square.
    Dancing at the square.

  47. Diane Rickard posted an image:
    14 Sep 2022
    Happy Don and Davin 2017
    Happy Don and Davin 2017

  48. Debbie McLaughlin says:
    14 Sep 2022
    Don !! To the sweetest brother in-law / buddy anyone could ever have. I will dearly cherish your devilish smile, the twinkle in your eyes and of course all the laughter and fun times, we shared together for many years of family gathering in Michigan. I'm very grateful to have shared many wonderful trips, visit and memories with you and Diane, in your retirement Sunny State of Florida Especially at the Top Of The World. You will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. Rest in peace my dear buddy and friend. Until we meet again. Love You Debbie. ❤️❤️

  49. Norma Boteler says:
    14 Sep 2022
    I met Don about 3 yrs ago walking in the neighborhood. He struggled with weight loss issues, but was always happy even though the sweat was pouring off him. He always expressed his love for his family above all. You don’t find many truly gentlemen like him today. Praying for peace for his family with so many wonderful memories.

  50. Randy Rickard says:
    14 Sep 2022
    DON’T MISS ME MORE

    Don’t miss me more than once a day,
    For life is moving fast.
    Don’t wish all of your time away,
    Dreaming of the past.

    Don’t waste the moment looking at,
    The things I left behind me.
    I’m not within those walls or boxes
    The heart is where you’ll find me.

    Don’t dread to say my name, sweet one,
    Don’t fear the wrath of sadness.
    Just take the love you had for me,
    And turn it into gladness.

    Don’t worry when my birthday comes
    Don’t feel me missing more.
    I’m filled with love you’re sending me,
    Just as I was before.

    Some days your anger will rush out,
    Your tears will find their way.
    To me, wherever I am then.
    I’ll soothe them all away.

    When I am gone don’t miss me more,
    Than once, or twice a day.
    There’s so much life to live, my love.
    I’m with you, all the way.

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