Howard Lee Rickman of Grafton passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Rosewood Nursing Home at the age of 75.
He was born in Moundsville, WV on October 3, 1941, a son of the late Grover H. and Lucille E. Murray Rickman. He is survived by his wife Diana Luicart Rickman. They were united in marriage October 10, 1970 and getting ready to celebrate their 47th anniversary.
Howard is survived by one daughter, Heather Rickman and husband Garry Hager, Powell, Ohio; one granddaughter, Kaydance Hager.
In addition to his parents Howard was preceded in death by two brothers.
Howard was active in the community not only with local event sponsored by the railroad, but also in The Osiris Shriners, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Grafton Lodge #15, Copestone #12, and DeMolay Commandery #11 Knights Templar. He retired from CSX railroad in 1999.
At Howard’s request he was cremated. Bartlett Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the Rickman family. Howard’s daughter, Heather, requested to speak about her father.
“A few years ago my father asked for no funeral and no services in the event of his death. While this is not how we typically grieve the loss of such an amazing man, they were his wishes and must be granted. My father did not want us to mourn, but to celebrate his life…which was full of love for his family, friends, and community. If you knew my dad, you know that he loved a good football game, a good practical joke, and a good cup of coffee. He also loved to be surrounded by friends for all of these events. This is how he should be celebrated – think of a story or joke my dad told you and pass it on, remember a practical joke he played on you or someone you know and laugh, or grab a cup of coffee at Lesa’s Place with friends and chat about last night’s game. These are all ways you can celebrate my dad and much more fitting to how he lived his life. We will miss him every day, but have so many great memories to rely on. I am sure you have the same and our family takes comfort knowing my dad will be celebrated for years to come.”
Online condolences can be sent to the Rickman family at www.bartlettfuneralhomewv.com