Private Family Funeral Services for 87 year old Albert Ricke of Vail will be held Monday, October 26 at United Presbyterian Church in Vail with burial in the Wheatland Cemetery in Breda. Iowa. Friends may call from 5-7 P.M., Sunday, October 25 at United Presbyterian Church in Vail. He passed away Tuesday, October 20 at his home in Vail. The Huebner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Albert Francis Ricke was born on April 10, 1933 to Walter and Regina (Heim) Ricke in Lake City, Iowa. He attended school in Lanesboro until the 8th grade when he went to live and work for his Uncle John and Minerva Druivenga of Wall Lake.
Al served in the United States Army during the Korean War from June 16, 1953 to April 26, 1955. He earned the rank of sergeant and was a 65-year member of the Wall Lake American Legion.
On June 2, 1957, Al was united in marriage to Norma Johnson at the Wheatland Presbyterian Church in Breda, Iowa. To this union, two children were born: Dean and Sheila.
Farming was Al’s life, Al and Norma moved to their farm in Stockholm Township in Vail, Iowa in 1958. Al continued to farm until he retired in 2005. He served as an elder at the Vail Presbyterian Church and a member of Crawford County Pork Producers and Diamond Lodge of Vail.
Al passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at his home in Vail attaining the age of eighty-seven years, six months and ten days. In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by his sister, Ethel (Dan) Mallory; parents-in-law, Dowel and Marie Johnson; brothers-in-law, Raymond Olerich and Harlan Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Norma Ricke; son, Dean (Pat) Ricke; daughter, Sheila (Marty) Crichton; 5 grandchildren, Brandon (Kim) Ricke, Brooke (Scott) Sparks and Mackenzie Ricke; Cody and Heather Crichton; 5 great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Aiden, Cloee, Lily and Maverick; 1 step-great-granddaughter, Kaylee Meier; sister, Doris Faircloth; a host of other relatives and friends.