Linford ĎLiní F. Rickards

Oct. 29, 1939 - Aug. 31, 2009

Former Waukesha resident Linford "Lin" F. Rickards died peacefully Aug. 31, 2009, at the age of 69 in his home in Lantana, Texas, from complications associated with frontotemporal dementia.

At his request, there will be no funeral. A memorial service will be held Oct. 17, 2009, at Crossroads Bible Church in Double Oak, Texas.

Mr. Richards was born Oct. 29, 1939, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Linford and Ruby Rickards. He was honorably discharged from the National Guard in 1959 and moved to Wisconsin to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering. While there, he met Kathryn Hoover of Waukesha, who was attending nursing school in Milwaukee.

In 1962, Lin and Kathy married and moved to Waukesha. In 1967, Lin started his own appliance repair business, which he operated for 33 years until he retired in 2000.

An avid outdoorsman, Linís passions included hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, hang gliding and motorcycling. In 1969, Lin became the first male Red Cross school health volunteer, serving at Lowell School in Waukesha, where Kathy also worked as the school secretary for 33 years. Lin also volunteered much of his time helping transport equipment for the Waukesha North High School jazz bands from 1976 to 1980.

In 2003, Lin and Kathy moved to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, where their son and his wife also live.

Lin is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathy; son, Mark of Flower Mound, Texas; daughter, Cathylynne of Coon Rapids, Minn.; grandsons, Cody and Carston of Coon Rapids; and brothers, Jim of Fort Myers, Fla., and Wayne of Orlando, Fla.

Lin was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Memorials to the Benevolent Fund at Crossroads Bible Church in Double Oak, Texas, are appreciated.