Ricky Villwock

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    - Jennifer Hansen
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    - Sunny (LaCour) Hayes
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Ricky Oliver Villwock, 64, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away May 8, 2014 at Alaska Regional Hospital following a recent diagnosis of lymphoma. He fought a determined, dignified battle with the disease, and we were very proud to be by his side through it. Chris and Jennifer Hansen were able to hold his hand and comfort him until his last breath. He knew we were there with him until the end.

Ricky was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on January 20, 1950. He was adopted by Loyal and Lydia (Zimdahl) Villwock of rural Mayville as a young child. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, Mayville. Ricky graduated from Mayville High School in 1968. Following graduation, Ricky worked at various construction and outdoor jobs in the Mayville area before enlisting in the Army. Ricky was eventually stationed in Alaska. After his honorable discharge in 1972, he worked on the Alaskan Pipeline, fishing boats, and as a truck driver for local businesses. He also worked for Cal Worthington Ford, in the 70's, where he met his life long friend, Chris Hansen. Shortly after their stint at Cal's, Ricky and Chris found another true friend, Brad Bowman. They spent many days together, and remain friends until this today. He was most recently employed as a caretaker of an apartment building.

Ricky had an amazing zest for life, and was a true friend. Chris's wife Jennifer has a dragster, which he loved with a passion. He was her crew chief and was there every weekend for 8 years making sure her car got down the track safely. He loved to fish, and he and Chris spent many hours in their boats. Ricky had an amazing sense of humor, and always made everyone around him happy.

He is survived by his father, Loyal Villwock of Mayville; his sisters, Ginger{Westiey) Reshel of Theresa, and Kathryn (Jack) Dobbratz of Mayville; as well as nieces, nephews and friends. Ricky was preceded in death by his mother, Lydia in 2000. No services will be held. Ricky requested that his ashes be spread over the mountains in Alaska.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 25 to May 26, 2014
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