Steven D. Ricke of Gallatin, Tennessee passed away November 8, 2017 at the age of 74. He was born in Greensburg, Indiana on October 18, 1943, the son of Leo J. Ricke and Luella (Buell) Ricke, both deceased. He is preceded in death by six brothers, John, Maurice, Howard, Eugene, Robert, William and four sisters, Betty King, Lois Ralston, Deloris Robbins and Marilyn Einhaus.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Annette Kollodge Ricke; sons, Tim Ricke and Brian Ricke, born of a previous marriage to Judy (Seibel) Schlemmer in Greensburg; grandchildren, Brandon and Brayden in Greensburg; Jamie, Steven, Angela and Savannah all in Gallatin and Hendersonville, Tennessee; three great-grandchildren as well as 36 nieces and nephews; also a brother, Paul in Greensburg and a sister, Mary Overman in Sarasota, Florida.
Mr. Ricke attended St. Mary’s Catholic School. He graduated from Greensburg Community High School in 1961 and Indiana Central College (Indianapolis University) in 1975.
He spent 25 years in Manufacturing Management with Ford Motor Company and Federal Mogul Corporation (BCA-Greensburg). Steve and Annette owned and operated R & R Calendar, Inc. for nine years in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He retired after receiving a heart transplant 22 years ago in 1995 and was in failing health the past several months.
There will be a visitation and musical life celebration in Gallatin, Tennessee on Monday, November 13th from 4-6 P.M. with the service to follow at 6 P.M. at Crestview Funeral Home. A second visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 15th from 4-7 P.M. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg, Indiana.
Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, November 16th at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. John Meyer, Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with Robert King, John Ricke, Mark Campbell, Greg Ricke, Jim Potter and Mike Wernke serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be: Robert Ralston, Jim Robbins and Pat Ricke. All pallbearers are nephews of Mr. Ricke.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Sumner County, 16 Volunteer Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075.
Arrangements Entrusted To: Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 1623 Highway 109 North, Gallatin, TN (615)452-1943 www.crestviewfh.com and Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, 302 N. Franklin Street, Greensburg, IN (812)663-2192 www.popfuneralhome.com