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Richard E. Ricker, Sr., 82, of Haverhill, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017, at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Bradford.
Richard was born and raised in Haverhill, and he attended Haverhill High School, Haverhill Trade School, and served in the U.S. Navy as a Navy medic during the Korean War.
Richard worked as a union iron worker, and then in his retirement, worked at Meals on Wheels and volunteered at Northern Essex Elder Transport. Richard was a past member of the Haverhill VFW, the Arlington Club and the Elks in Lawrence. He had a passion for dancing of all types. He was a tap dancer as a young child and then joined the Andover Sunset Tappers at age 74. He was a sports fanatic, following his grandchildren when they played sports at the high school and college levels. He followed all of the New England sports teams and also really enjoyed horse racing. Richard was happily married to and deeply in love with his wife, Kay just short of 59 years.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kay; his daughter, Debbie Stoodley and her husband, Raymond of Salem; daughter, Linda Roy and her husband, Thomas of Matthews, N.C.; sons, Stanley Ricker and Richard Ricker, Jr. of Haverhill; and daughter, Cynthia Ricker of Raymond, N.H. He also leaves his 12 grandchildren, Kara Smith and her husband, Jeremiah, Briana Roy, Benjamin Roy, Stanley Ricker, Jr., Caliegh Ricker, Ashley Huelsman and her husband, Jay, Bethany Stoodley and her fiancé, Matthew Foroughi, Casey Stoodley, Danielle Stoodley, Shawn Stoodley, William Young, and Robert Young. He also leaves behind his great-grandchildren, Liam Smith and Lorelei Smith.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Salem, NH 03079. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 40 Main St., Salem, NH 03079. To send an online condolence, please visit www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com.
Published on  May 31, 2017
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