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Jimmy Edward Riscky


1942 - 2020
Jimmy Edward Riscky Obituary
Jimmy Edward Riscky FORT WORTH -- Jim Riscky was born on March 28, 1942, in Fort Worth, Texas and passed from this life on Feb. 9, 2020, with his wife, Norma, by his side. FUNERAL: 10 a.m. Saturday at Legacy Baptist Church. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Olivet. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, make donations to Punching Out Parkinsons @ 6613 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76116, 817-731-4665. Jim was the son of Pete and June Riscky and the grandson of Joe and Mary Riscky, who founded the original Riscky's Grocery and Market in 1927. Jim started working in the family business in 1954, working alongside his father and grandfather as a "Bottle Boy". He moved the empty soft drink bottles that customers returned to the store in cases in the back so the soft drink company could reuse them. Jim often joked "it was our version of recycling". Jim grew up in the supermarket learning to do all the tasks necessary to keep it successful, eventually becoming a butcher as his father and grandfather had been. In the late 1970's, Jim built the first wood fired steel pit, the same pits used to serve all of Riscky's barbeque today. Jim became a self described "workaholic", working at the grocery and barbeque business Monday through Saturday and cutting wood to sell on Sundays. In 1982, Jim married the love of his life, Norma. Soon after, they started the transfomation of Pete Riscky's Grocery into the Riscky's barbeque restaurant as it exists today. Riscky Barbeque is today a Texas legend! Still family operated, with a 92 year history and over 400 employees. Jim played a key role in development of both Sundance Square location and the Fort Worth Stockyards location. He opened restaurants in both these locations early in the development and they are still operating today. The Riscky's Sundance Square is the oldest continuous restaurant in the area. The Riscky's Steakhouse location is the oldest restaurant in Fort Worth, something which made Jim very proud. Although Jim was usually thinking of business, he loved to fish and be on the water. He could often be found trying to outsmart the fish in the waters of Port Aransas or below his beloved home on Eagle Mountain Lake. He was a Scottish Rite Mason. SURVIVORS: Wife, Norma Riscky; children, Jay Riscky and Deirdre, Allison Jones and Casey, Joe Riscky and Kourtney, Stacy Sullivan and Eddie; grandchildren, Pete Riscky, Maddie Riscky, Garett Jones, Grace Jones, Hayden Riscky, Hudson Riscky, Natalie Reed, Stacy R. Sullivan, Gabrielle Sullivan; and sister, Patty and spouse, Butch Harrington.
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Published in Star-Telegram on Feb. 13, 2020
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