Debra Rick
1957 - 2020
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Debra Rick

Tomahawk - Debra L. Rick, age 62, of Tomahawk passed away peacefully with her loving husband and children by her side.

Debbie was born on October 18, 1957 in Stevens point, to the late Lester and Lorraine Buelow. She married the love of her life, Kevin Rick on March 1, 1980. They recently just celebrated 40 years of marriage. Debbie worked for Intercity State Bank in Wausau for 30 years. She and Kevin moved to Two Rivers, where she then worked at Shoreline Credit Union for 8 years until her retirement in 2018.

She enjoyed going to the cottage, boating, fishing and playing the penny machine. Debbie was proud of her children and grandchildren. She was really proud of the last two big things she accomplished. In her last three weeks she taught her oldest granddaughter Cambrie how to crochet and was able to pull off a surprise birthday party for her daughter Courtney. She was extraordinarily organized and an avid labeler. If you asked her where something was, she knew exactly where it was.

Debbie was a loving and caring wife, mother, and nana. She will be dearly missed by her husband Kevin; children Courtney (Chad) Hoeppner and Lance (Tessa) Rick; grandchildren Cambrie and Caylor Hoeppner, and Boone, Esme and Lux Rick; and her dog Foxy. Brother Calvin( Jackie ) Buelow.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Lorraine Buelow; mother and father-in-law Willard and Elaine Rick.

A private family service is being held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Rick family via Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau, WI 54401

The family would like to thank the Lincoln County Sherriff Department and the Tomahawk Police Department for their care for Debbie. They would also like to thank the EMS unit of Lincoln County, Ascension Hospital doctors and nurses and especially the Aspirus Cardiac ICU who kept Debbie comfortable while in their care.

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Published in Manitowoc Lakeshore Chronicle from May 28 to Jun. 3, 2020.
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June 9, 2020
To Kevin and your family, I am very sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your wife, mother, grandmother. My heart goes out to you and my deepest sympathies as I can relate to the sudden loss of someone so special and so unexpected. You are all in my thoughts during this difficult time. Keep doing things for Debbie, she will know that you are and it will help you to heal knowing you are still doing things for her.
karen collard
June 5, 2020
We first met Deb at Intercity Bank Wonderful caring person Kevin and Family we are so very SORRY for your loss
Butch and Judy Maier
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