James Theodore "Ted" Ricker, 89, of West Mount Healthy Road, died at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Kindred Transitional Care & Rehabilitation Center of Columbus.
Mr. Ricker worked in the International Service Department at Cummins Engine Company, retiring in 1984. After retirement, he was a consultant for Cummins until 1990. He was also a dairy farmer.
He was baptized into the Methodist faith in Newton County and was a 50-year member of Bayless Masonic Lodge No. 216 in Jonesville.
A wildlife enthusiast, Ted liked to watch and feed birds.
Family and friends may gather for a celebration of life from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Fire & Rescue Community Center, 8500 S. State Road 58 in Ogilville.
A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at the community center, to be followed by a memorial service with Pastor Michael T. Hogg officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Southwest Fire & Rescue or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to Mr. Ricker's family at www.barkesweaverglick.com.
Born in Jasper County November 8, 1923, Mr. Ricker was the son of Clyde and Mary Ardis Collier Ricker. He married Patricia J. Bartlett Flick December 4, 1976, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Columbus.
Survivors include Patricia, his wife of 36 years; stepchildren, Susie Flick of Somerset, KY, and Randy (Cherie) Flick of Salt Lake City, UT; sisters, Sue Tyler of Peru, IN, and Jean Hensler of Mesa, AZ; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ricker was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dr. Stanley Ricker; and brothers-in-law, Richard Tyler and Glenn Hensler.