JAMES RICKIE "RICK" NULL, 56, of rural Columbia City, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, in Ontario, Canada. Born Feb. 22, 1954, in Lima, Ohio he was a son of James Lamar and Jacqueline Lyda (Bennett) Null. As a young boy, his family moved to Markle from Elida, Ohio and later to Jefferson Township, Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1972 and later received a degree from Ivy Tech. In 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp, serving during the Vietnam war. On June 30, 1974, he married Joan K. Alexander. They made their home in Kaneohe, Hawaii and later Adak, Alaska. After he was honorably discharged in 1978. They returned to Whitley County, moving to their home in Jefferson Township in April of 1979. A building and vehicle maintenance tech, he worked for Pathfinder Services, Jefferson Center School and Indian Springs Middle School. He attended Sonrise United Methodist Church and enjoyed participating in several mission trips to Myanmar and Liberia and Kenya, Africa and assisted with Hurricane Katrina Relief in Mississippi. Survivors include his wife, Joan; two children, Macy (Brad) Wolfe of Columbia City and Ryan (Michaela) Null of Fort Wayne; four granddaughters, Kaya and Kasyn Wolfe and Penelope and Veda Null; his father; and four sisters, Jim Null, Cathy (Kurt Babb) Aumsbaugh, Patti Hendryx, Janie (Jim) Graves, and Polly (Sam) Wireman, all of Columbia City. He was preceded in death by his mother. Service is 11 a.m. Friday at Sonrise United Methodist Church, 10125 Illinois Road, with visitation after 10 a.m. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Preferred memorials to Sonrise United Methodist Church for Rainbow Town Orphanage. Condolences to smithandsonsfuneralhome.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 30, 2010