Gary Wayne Ricketts Sr., 68, of Port Byron, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at his home.
A Celebration of Life and military salute will be 2:45pm Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
Gary was born Aug. 8, 1950, in Muscatine, to Clarence and Violet Gasaway Ricketts. He attended Muscatine and East Moline schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He served as a lineman in Vietnam. Gary retired from AT&T. He loved his granddaughters and was proud of all their accomplishments. He loved to play golf and enjoyed challenges and tournaments with his golf buddies. He played pool in leagues and tournaments. He was proud of his Harley.
He married Constance Culbertson in 1974; they later divorced. He married Laurie Graham in 1999; she died in 2015.
Gary is survived by his son, Gary (April) Ricketts Jr., his step son Adam Kirklin, his daughter-in-law, Bobbi Ricketts; granddaughters, Alyssa (James) Mudd and Natasha Ricketts; a sister, Roberta Callahan, Glendale, Ariz.; brothers, Robert (Theresa) Ricketts, Geneseo, and Jerry Ricketts, Phoenix Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laurie; his parents; a brother, Everett Eugene Ricketts; and a sister, Joyce Marie Goodale.