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Ricker, Johnnie Lee

Ricker, Johnnie Lee

July 29, 1941 — August 28, 2020

Johnnie Lee Ricker, 79, a longtime resident of Liberty, MO, passed away unexpectedly on August 28, 2020.

Johnnie was born July 29, 1941, in Macks Creek, MO, the youngest of four children of Henry and Nera (Moulder) Ricker. He grew up in Macks Creek and graduated from high school there. He was drafted into the US Army in December 1963, and served honorably until discharge at Fort Benning, GA, on December 3, 1965.

In 1963, while working for Greyhound Bus Lines in Kansas City, Johnnie met the love of his life, Charlene Blackburn. Following his military service, they were united in marriage on February 25, 1966. They spent their 54 years together in Liberty, raising two children, Amy Rochelle and John Clayton.

After he retired from Greyhound, Johnnie's career as a real estate agent in Liberty spanned more than 25 years. He served on the board and as a longtime volunteer for the Clay County Museum and Historical Society; served along with Charlene with the Clay County Transitions Program; and was a member of the Chrysler Crew.

Johnnie lived a life marked by joy, laughter, and kindness to others. He avidly pursued interests like boating, Clay County history, genealogy, his roots in the Ozarks, and maintaining his historic home. But it was loving and enjoying his family and friends that was his true passion.

Along with his parents, Johnnie is preceded in death by his son, Clayton Ricker; grandson, Connor Ricker; and siblings, Darlene Russell, Dale Ricker and Archie Ricker.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene; daughter, Amy Ricker Brink (Michael); daughter-in-law, Kathleen Sliger Ricker; grandchildren, Lillian, Abigail, and Caroline Brink, Colson, Charlie, and Christopher Ricker; sisters-in-law, Rebecca Ricker and Sharen Ricker; Charlene's siblings, Roberta Sambursky, Luther Blackburn (Norma) and Sue Best (Jon); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

Visitation for friends and family will be held from 5-8 pm Monday, September 14, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Due to COVID attendance restrictions, Johnnie's service on Tuesday will be private. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery, Liberty. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Johnnie L. Ricker Memorial Fund at Clay County Savings Bank to continue to support projects and groups that were close to his heart or to the Clay County Museum and Historical Society.

Service Information

Visitation for friends and family will be held from 5-8 pm Monday, September 14, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Due to COVID attendance restrictions, Johnnie’s service on Tuesday will be private. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery, Liberty. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Johnnie L. Ricker Memorial Fund at Clay County Savings Bank to continue to support projects and groups that were close to his heart or to the Clay County Museum and Historical Society.

Ricker, Johnnie Lee's Guestbook

I offer prayers and love for Johnnie's family's peace during this time of a good-natured, honorable and gentle man passing. Stay close to and rely on God and the Great Spirit. For decades, God has blessed me with Arthur Street as an address and the Rickers as neighbors and friends. I close my eyes and see Johnnie manning the grill at our block parties, his eyes lighting up when chocolate goodies were exchanged at Christmas, his smile of pride as his family sang carols throughout the neighborhood and or course, him forever riding his lawn mower. No words or feelings can express the loss of a great father, husband, uncle, grandfather, neighbor and friend to all ... but he shall remain in our hearts and homes eternally. Johnnie is now now in heaven with Clayton....when someone touches your life for good it cannot be diminished by time or distance. - Mo

Maureen Sanford

Johnnie is truly one of the nicest people we ever met. He and Charlene always had good advice; some that I still use to this day. Rest in peace and god bless the Ricker family during this time.

Steve and Donna Goettling

Will miss you dear friend. It’s hard to believe you are gone, but will always remember our days at Greyhound. Rest in Peace

Rita Lee

I met Johnnie through his love for Chrysler boating events held annually and hit it off immediately. Are families embraced time spent together over the years of friendship that developed. Will always cherish these special memories.

Jon Brooks

I have no doubt that you touched more heart’s than you ever even knew. I know you touched mine!! As you are up in heaven celebrating, you will be missed here on earth.

Captain Cathy

The words are hard to find...the feelings are not. They are ever present. Miss you my friend! Love you as a brother! Rest peacefully gentle soul.

Tom Sloan

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