Kenneth Duane Rickett

DATE OF BIRTH: April 23, 1930
DATE OF DEATH: February 17, 2017
Kenneth Duane Rickett passed away in Reno, Nevada on February 27, 2017, at the age of 86. He was born in Stroud, Oklahoma, on April 23, 1930 to Walter and Helen Rickett. Kenneth was the eldest of three children, he had a younger brother Thomas, and a baby sister Helen.  Kenneth met the love of his life, Ardella Ruth England, in 1951 while he was the coach of her softball team. Ken and Ruth were married on February 17, 1952 in Antioch, CA. They were blessed with four children, Elizabeth, Thomas, Helena, and Suzette. Ken’s career included working for the Fiberboard Factory, a Meat Cutter and Union Steward for Safeway Stores, and the Vice-president of the Meat Cutters Union Local 1179. Ken was also a musical promoter with his wife Ruth. They owned the company, “Almost Nothing Presents,” and promoted artists such as Steve Young, Mare Winningham, and other folk music artists.  Ken enjoyed watching Baseball, studying maps, playing Keno, and traveling the world with his wife. He often loved having his family together for dinners, as he loved to cook. Ken will be forever remembered as a generous, kind, loving soul. He touched the heart of all those who met him.  Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Helen, his brother Thomas, his sister Helen, his wife Ruth, and his son Thomas. Ken is survived by his three daughters, Elizabeth, Ruthie, and Suzie. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Kristina, Brandy, Jeremy, and Thomas and nine great grandchildren.
Ken’s services will be held at Oak View Cemetery in Antioch, CA at a later date.

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  • Suzette Rickett
    March 9, 2017 12:58 pm

    Love and miss you Daddy, we were all there yesterday to say “see you later” because it’s never good bye. We all love you and know you were looking good down on us and embracing our hearts. I know you wouldn’t want us to be sad and to remember all the good times we had with you. Till we are all together again…. we love you and your spirit will always be with us and in our hearts. Love you Dad.

  • Tracy W Scott
    March 9, 2017 2:05 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to a good human being. I only know him as he shines through his Daughter Suzette who is apparently much like him. The obituary has provided a glimpse of how Suzette came to be the strong and capable women she is. RIP Brother thank you for your involvement in the Union Labor Movement and for your leadership of those who believe as we do. God speed Mr. Rickett


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