April 20, 1935-Oct. 31, 2019
DuWayne Rickerd, 84, of Deshler passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bowling Green.
He was born April 20, 1935, in St. Joe, Indiana, to the late LeeRoy and Inez L. (Reinhart) Rickerd. On Oct. 20, 1956, he married Delores Mahlmann at Immanuel Lutheran, and they have shared a devoted 63 years together.
DuWayne worked at the former Deshler Products/Sherwin Williams for 36 years. While in high school he took a correspondence course in art instruction and created a lifetime passion for painting and cartoons. He operated his own sign business, offering his skills for almost any project marking local business, at the ballparks, on farming equipment and semi-trucks. He truly seemed to decorate the village and surrounding area. He also entertained with creative cartoons and good-natured humor in local newspapers.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and past member of Deshler Lions Club.
He will be remembered and cherished as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. He was a friend to many and will never be forgotten for his colorful sense of humor.
DuWayne is survived by his wife, Delores; children, Deborah (Tim) Glore, David (Judy) Rickerd; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Donnis Siferd and Troas (William) Williams.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Deshler. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Feehan-Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler, and 10-11 a.m., Monday at church.
Memorials to Bridge Hospice, Immanuel Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.