Robert M. Ricker Sr.

Nov. 12, 1921 - Sept. 18, 2008

Robert Matthew Ricker was born Nov. 12, 1921, in Chicago. He died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

Bob served in naval intelligence during World War II. The Navy selected him for officer training and sent him to Alma College in Michigan where he met Marian Lynn Jones. Bob and Marian Ricker were married June 21, 1947, a date he called "the real start of my life." They were married more than 61 years.

All who know Bob Ricker know that the focus and joy of his life was providing for Marian and their family. Their children are Bert "Robert Jr." (Carole), 1949-1980; Michael (Maryann) of Wrightstown; Debra Ricker France (Michael Kinberger) of Austin, Texas; Veronica Isherwood (Gary) of Plover; and Anne Cunningham (Bill) of Denver.

Their grandchildren are Charlotte Ricker of Denver; Francesca Ney (Michael) of Hilton Head, S.C.; Katrina Ricker of Denver; Jayne (Ken) Pride of Houston; Ann Mackowski (David) of Waukesha; Joe Ricker of Sun Prairie; Elizabeth Ricker of Pewaukee; Monique Eisenhardt of Stuttgart, Germany; Becky Turpin (Jerry) of Madison; Abigail Sessums (Royse) of Plover; Mary Isherwood of Stevens Point; Karen Salienko (Mikhail) of Plover; Jennifer Annen (Lance) of Sun Prairie; Tambra Chase-Cunningham; Jeff Cunningham; Brittni Tankersley; Hunter Tankersley; Sydney Tankersley; and Jake Cunningham of Denver.

The great-grandchildren are Meghan Marian and Gage Eisenhardt, Isabel Ricker, Leah and Mary Mackowski, Marilyn Tovy, Wesley Pride, Audrey Sessums, Samantha Isherwood, Maija and Maxim Salienko, Sonjia Witkus, and Brady, Reed and Drew Annen.

After the war, Bob graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in electrical engineering. He worked in engineering and consultative sales to several industries, including automotive, mining, agricultural, energy production and semiconductors. His career culminated with Sentry Equipment in Oconomowoc, where his work took him to several countries in Europe and Asia. In recent years, he helped his close friend and associate, John Barelli, to launch Surplus Management of Rockford, Ill.

Bob was a devout Catholic and an active parishioner of St. Jerome Catholic Church for nearly 50 years. His greatest joys were his work, playing bridge and poker with dear friends, and forever supporting his loving wife and family who will cherish him forever.

The family is profoundly grateful to Dr. James Gatto, Shorehaven, Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and AngelsGrace.

Memorial gifts will secure a special item for the new St. Jerome’s Church.