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Rodney Ricks - Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Rodney Ricks

   Rodney Dean Ricks passed away Jan. 11, 2011, at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Wash., of complications from leukemia.
He was born Aug. 23, 1944, to Henry Dean Ricks and Carma Mortensen
Ricks in Ardmore, Okla., and grew up in Rexburg, Idaho. He went to Madison High School in Rexburg, and continued his education at Ricks College in Rexburg. He received his engineering degree from University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Rodney moved to Vallejo, Calif., after graduation to work for Mare Island Naval Shipyard as a civil engineer.
He married Nina Blanchard on Dec. 29, 1976, in Rexburg, Idaho,
and they lived in Vallejo after their marriage. They raised their children in Vallejo until 1994, when they moved to Silverdale, Wash., so he could continue his work for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Rodney retired from the shipyard in 2000 but kept busy with contract
work using his engineering skills. He also continued woodworking, with turning being a specialty. He enjoyed taking many cruises and road trips with Nina, including an exciting three-week cruise from Seattle to Miami through the Panama Canal. His love in life was his children and grandchildren. They have many special memories of Dad and Grandpa.
Rodney is survived by his wife, Nina; his children, Michele Rumsey and her husband Lyle of Egin, Idaho; Brandon Ricks and his wife Terri of Fairfield, Calif.; and Tonya Ricks and her fiancé Seth Sterr of Seattle; his grandchildren, Staisha Roberts and Jacob Roberts; Alyssa, Hadley, Garett and Briana Rumsey; and Payten, Kellie and Jordan Ricks.
He is also survived by his siblings, Gary (Lalene) Ricks, Deanna (Max) Wade, Susan (Randy) Landon and Mary Anne (Tom) Ciccotelli, as well as many nieces and nephews whom he loved — and loved to tease. He was predeceased by his parents, Dean and Carma Ricks.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at 11:oo a.m. in the Egin Bench LDS Church with Bishop Brandon Moon, Officiating. Friends may call at the Church one hour prior to the servicds. Burial wiull be in the Rexburg Cemetery under the direction of the Bidwell Funeral Home.

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