Passed away in Santa Clara on Friday, November 2, 2012, with his family at his side. Beloved husband of Sharon Ricks for 40 years; loving father of Allen Ricks of Florida and Vance Ricks of Redwood Valley; adored grandfather of Justin and Lillian Ricks of Redwood Valley; beloved son of Catherine Ricks of Sunnyvale; dear brother of Patrick Ricks and Elaine King, both of Texas and preceded in death by sister Kelly Ricks; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends. Following high school, Mike received his BA Degree in Social Science. He was an automotive Technician and Inspector for 40 years. In Mike's life, family was first. He and Sharon enjoyed finding "out of the way" tropical islands, their last trip being a visit to see Allen in Florida and snorkeling in the Florida Keys. Mike loved boating, camping trips (particularly at Pillsbury Lake), sports, and watching the experiences of fatherhood with his own son; horseshoes - which led him to organize his annual Halloween Horseshoe Tournaments in 2001, and a sport everyone he knew had to learn, barbequing and making his famous Bloody Marys that won a contest in Chico. A life-long Raider's fan, he loved to tailgate, and knew everyone around him. His grandchildren will long remember the special breakfasts he cooked just for them. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Chapel, 1900 Franklin Ave., Santa Rosa, with burial following. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. Contributions in his memory may be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o Council on Aging, 730 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral and Cremation Services 525-3730
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Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2012