Edward I. Ricketson Jr., known to some as "Punk", 72, of Chiefland passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC).
Ed was born Sept. 5, 1941 in Shamrock to the late Edward Irwin Ricketson Sr. and Elsie Mae Ricketson of Perry and was a resident of Perry and subsequently Chiefland for over 30 years.
Ed served in the Army
Reserves and was a member of the Morocco Shrine. He became a member of the Perry Masonic Lodge #123 in 1966 and was also a member of the Brown Masonic Lodge #51 of Chiefland.
He attended St. Alban's Episcopal Church, pursued his education at North Florida Community College & FSU and started his career as a lobbyist for the Electrical Co-op. He is best known for serving as Manager of Central Florida Electric Cooperative (CFEC) in Chiefland for 30 years.
He was community service oriented and enjoyed gardening, canning, pickling and cooking. His other interests included diving, snorkeling, vacationing and traveling with his family. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandson fishing, scalloping and playing baseball. He also loved animals and was survived by his beloved boxer ,Squiggs.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Helen Mixon Ricketson and brother, Tim Ricketson.
He is survived by his children, Michael Edward Ricketson and William Adam Ricketson, both of Chiefland; grandson, James Edward Ricketson of Chiefland; siblings, John R. (Janice) Ricketson and Deborah (Steve) Spradley and a host of nieces and nephews and many other family members and friends.
The family will receive friends in the chapel of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland Sunday, Dec. 15 for visitation at 2 p.m. followed by a service at 3 p.m. to memorialize the life of Ed Ricketson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Haven Hospice of Chiefland or