LOUDON - Harold Francis Ricker, Jr., 89, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 15, 2012, at the Concord Hospice House.
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He was born July 20, 1923 to Harold F. Ricker, Sr. and Ethelyn (Kempton) Ricker. He grew up in Loudon, on Ricker Road along with his brother Kempton and his sisters Betty, Pauline, Marion, Lois and foster sister Brenda.
He graduated from Concord High School in 1941 and married Gloria May Coulombe of Concord in 1943. They were joyfully married for 52 years. After Gloria's death he cherished a brief marriage to high-school sweetheart, Floretta (Tinny) Drew in 1996 who predeceased him.
During his life he served in the U.S. Navy, managed his own poultry farm, drove for Concord Dairy and proudly served as a lieutenant for the Concord Fire Dept for 20 years.
Laughter and good times were priority with family and friends. He enjoyed camping, golfing, bowling, woodworking and gardening. He was a member of the Good Sam Camping Club, the Beehole Beavers Snowmobile Club and the NH Firefighter's Association.
Harold is survived by his companion of 15 years, Irene Landry of Penacook; his children Larry E. Ricker (Maureen) of Chichester, Harold Ricker, III (Tammy) of Concord, Sandra (Pat) Patsfield of Grand Junction, Colo., Patricia (Butch) Craigue of Crawford, Colo., Teresa Ricker of Grand Junction, Colo. and Janice (Bruce) Farenwald of Hopkinton; his sister Lois McLoud of Plymouth; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren. All benefited from his love and commitment to family.
Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate his life at a memorial service Saturday, January 12, at 1 p.m., at the Parade Congregational Church, Parade Road, Barnstead Parade.
A private burial service will be held at a later date.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Concord Regional VNA, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Dec. 22, 2012