Roy Allison Rickey (1922 - 2016)

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Roy Allison Rickey, 93, passed away quietly and surrounded by family at the Juneau Pioneer Home on February 29, 2016.
He was born April 11, 1922, to Roy Allison Rickey, Sr., and Margaret Graham, in Seattle, Washington. His father was a professional hockey player who played on the first American team to win the Stanley Cup, the Seattle Metropolitans, and later played in Hamilton, Ontario and Hollywood, California.
His parents divorced in 1934, and Roy lived with his maternal grandparents at Miller River, near Skykomish, Washington. Roy was a starting guard with his high school varsity basketball team, the Skykomish Rockets, and graduated in 1940. As a young man he worked many jobs, including fighting forest fires, in sawmills, and in the Boeing B-17 plant in Seattle.
He enlisted in the US Army in 1942, and was recruited by national ski jumping champion Torger Tokle to join the ski troops in the newly formed 10th Mountain Infantry Division. He trained at Camp Hale, Colorado, and was sent overseas in late 1944. He fought in the Italian Campaign and was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Silver Star for gallant action during that campaign.
On September 1, 1945, Staff Sergeant Rickey married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane MacDougall, in Carnation, Washington. They lived in Seattle while Roy studied at the School of Fisheries at the University of Washington, and had three children, Allison, Stuart and Lisa. Roy first came to Southeast Alaska in 1948, doing pink salmon research for the Fisheries Research Institute. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries degree from UW in 1949, worked for two years for the Washington Bureau of Fisheries, and for the next three years commercial fished aboard seine boats in Puget Sound, the Bering Sea, False Pass, Kodiak, and Southwestern Alaska.
In 1954 he was hired by Clarence Anderson as the Kodiak District Biologist for the Territorial Department of Fish & Game, and after Statehood became the area Regional Supervisor for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Roy enjoyed his time in Kodiak, and worked on many salmon enhancement projects, including those at Paul's Basin and Fraser Lake. He and Mary Jane also had their fourth child, Douglas, while living there.
Roy and family transferred to Juneau in 1961, where he served as ADF&G Southeast Regional Supervisor, and later as Director of the Commercial Fisheries Division.
He was instrumental in the development of Limited Entry in Alaska, was appointed by Governor Egan in 1973 to the first Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, and retired as its chairman in 1977. He then owned a fishery consulting business, Rickey & Associates, for ten years before it was taken over by his son Stuart, who ran it successfully for over 25 years.
Starting in the 1980's, he and Mary Jane invested in several thoroughbred race horses and enjoyed their house in Seattle and spending time at Longacres race track.
After Mary Jane passed away in 1999, Roy continued to live at the family home on Glacier Avenue, watching sports, riding his bike, and taking walks with his dog, Binky. He especially enjoyed smoking salmon in his hand-built smokehouse, and butchering and cooking many a king crab with his sons and their friends.

Roy became a resident of the Juneau Pioneer Home in 2011, where he received excellent care, and his family is forever grateful to the JPH staff who provided that loving care to Roy for the past five years.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Gerald Smith, brother Robert S. Rickey and sister Barbara Golden. He is survived by his sister Margaret Smith (Joan Hett) of Poulsbo, Washington; daughters Allison Fargnoli (Jack) and Lisa Rickey, sons Stuart Rickey (M'iva) and Doug Rickey (Alison Elgee), grandsons Nicholas Fargnoli (Arielle), Tony Kalk, and Andy Kalk, all of Juneau, James Elgee (Leah Wilson) of Portland, Oregon, and a number of nieces and nephews.
At his request, no services will be held. The family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date.
The family may be reached at 1007 Wee Burn Drive, Juneau, Alaska 99801. In lieu of flowers, they ask that donations be made to the Juneau Pioneer Home Foundation or .
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 20 to Apr. 18, 2016
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