Longtime Sterling resident Ricky Ray Lindley Sr. passed away in his sleep on the night of Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 with his family by his side playing some of his favorite old tunes in the background. Unfortunately, as we all know this world is not always fair. Rick was diagnosed with an extremely rare progressive brain disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. He was 61 years young but for all who knew him he certainly did not look or act his age.
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Rick was born in New Castle, Indiana on May 9, 1952. He moved to Alaska in 1957 and was a true Alaskan ever since. He homesteaded on the Little Susitna River in his early childhood years and moved to Seward where he attended high school before finding his home in Sterling.
Rick started fixing tires when he was 15 years old and started his own well-known business, Rick's Tire & Repair, fixing tires throughout the Peninsula for over 30 years. He was a hard working, honest, and dependable man. You always got service with a smile and lots of laughs. Rick's business motto from day one was, "Done Right the First Time."
Rick is survived by his sons, Ricky Jr. and wife Tessa; Christopher; Alec and wife, Kayla and Ryan and girlfriend Kelsey; daughter, Shannon and fiancé Mike; sister, Sherry and partner, Candy; brother, Phil and wife, Karen; niece, Theresa and children, Sitarih, Syerra and Serena; grandchildren, Collin, Travis, Brady, Austin and Avery Lindley; and love of his life, Melissa Sherman.
Rick was preceded in his journey by his mother Evelyn Shaw and his father Jay Lindley.
Rick loved his family and friends truly with all of his heart. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved all outdoor activities; some of his favorite included flying his airplane all over the Peninsula, boating, fishing, and camping on the waters of Skilak Lake and the Kenai River. Rick enjoyed hiking the edges of Skilak in the winter time and building massive fires or just jumping in his truck to take a nice drive around the loop. He loved a good snowfall to have a reason to fire up his old plow truck and plow his yard and the road. For all of us who knew Rick we know he was never one to sit still, always on the move living life to the fullest. He was truly one of a kind. Rick always enjoyed his loud music, so the next time you're listening to a good song turn up the volume for him and rock out.
There will be a celebration of life held at the Sterling Community Center on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Feb. 12, 2014