Lyle W. Ricketts

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Lyle W. Ricketts, 87, of Sioux Rapids, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Longhouse Residence Nursing Home in Spencer.

Funeral services for Lyle will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at the First United Church in Sioux Rapids. Rev. Leela Prince will officiate the service.

Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids, where the family will be present from 6-8 p.m.

Interment will be at Garfield Cemetery in Webb.

A flag presentation will be conducted by the Sioux Rapids American Legion.

Lyle was born on May 8, 1920, in Webster County, near Vincent. He was the oldest son of Claude and Clara (Dencklau) Ricketts. Lyle was baptized and confirmed in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church at Colfax Township. He attended eight years of country school and four years at the Eagle Grove High School, graduating in 1938.

After graduation, Lyle was engaged in farming until "Uncle Sam" called him to war. He served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy until his health faded and he returned back to the states. He was a patient in the Army and Veterans Hospital for two years until his honorable discharge in 1945.

On June 27, 1948, Lyle was united in marriage to Helen Simonsen. To this union, three children came into this world: Ronald, Nancy and Beverly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and two brothers: Carl and Kenneth.

Lyle is survived by three children: Ronald Ricketts and his wife, Becky of Spencer, Nancy Kerns and her husband, David of LeGrand, and Beverly Heintzelman and her husband, Mark of Kingston, N.H.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and one sister, Evonne Larson of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.