[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 04:34:44 :

Marin Independent Journal
Tuesday, March 28, 1995
Section B, page 2

Champion domino player

A funeral Mass is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Rita’s Church in Fairfax for Fred A. Ricker, retired senior vice president of Sedgwick-James Insurance Broker.

The vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Rita’s Church.

Mr. Ricker died March 25 in Fairfax. He was 68.

He was born in Wheeling, W. Va., and graduated from the University of Notre Dame and DePaul College of Law. He distinguished himself in his professional life as an insurance broker to the nationwide bottling industry.

Mr. Ricker was a member of the Merchants Exchange Club, a 33-year member of the Whist Bridge Club, a world champion domino player, and an ace gin rummy player.

“He was a gentle man whose love for his family was only occasionally rivaled by his loyalty to his cherished alma mater, Notre Dame University,” said his wife, Norma Neal-Ricker of Fairfax.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ricker is survived by six daughters, Robin Ricker of Denver, Colo., Cindy Trish of Palo Alto, Ann Gould of Binghamton, N.Y., Sally Blankenship of Los Gatos, and Candace and Chelsea Neal-Ricker, both of Fairfax; a sister, Mary Cherry of La Jolla; and 15 grandchildren.

His first wife, Sally Yeager Ricker, a daughter, Veronica, and a grandson died previously.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Chapel of the Hills and after 7 p.m. at St. Rita’s Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita School Endowment Fund, 102 Marinda Drive, Fairfax 94930, or to the Scholarship Fund, University of Notre Dame, 212 Main Building, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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A Death Notice in the same paper gives his grandson’s name as Danny.

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