Lindroos, Ricky Alvin
Rick was born August 22nd in Fort Smith Arkansas. Rick passed suddenly of a heart attack November 15, 2013. He is survived by his parents Gary and Naomi Lindroos of Sierra Vista, Arizona, 3 sisters, Tammy (& Jeff) Norman of Orlando, Fl, Pamela Hoover of Tucson, AZ and Kerri Phillips of Huachuca City, AZ and 3 brothers Gary (&Suzy) Lindroos of Huachuca City, AZ, Kevin (& Beth) Lindroos of Sierra Vista, AZ and Thomas James (& Hope) Lindroos of Clermont, Fl. Nieces, Tarrah, Jamie, Trisha, Ashely & Amber, nephews Kevin Jr, Josh, James, Rick, Benjamin, Jonathan and Andrew and 4 grand nieces and nephews and numerous friends. Rick shared a close relationship with his siblings and parents, sharing his love of music with his dad and his love for reading with his mom. Rick rarely met a stranger, just friends who had not formerly crossed his path. Rick could make you laugh like nobody else, and he would cry with you if you were in pain. His talent for music, language and art were second to none and his family was always proud to brag about him to their friends. Rick served in the U. S. Army 1976-1979, the U.S. Navy 1979-1985, and the Arizona Army National Guard 2007-2009. He had just begun his new profession as a Professor of English at Phoenix College after receiving his MA in Literature and Writing. He completed his Masters of Secondary Education in 2008 at Grand Canyon University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006 from Arizona State University. Rick was a talented musician who had a passion for teaching, learning and music. He played with the Army and Navy bands, sharing his talent and music around the world and shared the stage and his talent in the recording studio with the likes of Frieda Payne, Keith Knudsen and George Benson. Rick was a genuine, good hearted, spiritual person who was always quick to lend a hand or a buck even if his hands were tired and his wallet empty. A friend to many, an inspiration to all who know him and a life line to those he met in need. He will be missed beyond words. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Lambda Recovery Center where he was active in helping his community. Ricky will be missed by his family, his friends and the many, many people who have enjoyed his music throughout the years. How do we keep the music playing? Rest in Peace Rick, you'll forever be our "Piano Man". In lieu of flowers the family ask you please consider making a donation to the Lambda Phoenix Center in Rick's name, thank you.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 19, 2013