Douglas C. Ricker, Sr.


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





Douglas C. Ricker Sr., 80, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Warren Haven Nursing Home in Oxford, NJ. Born October 28, 1937 at the family homestead to the late Herman and Dorothy (nee Ross) Ricker, he was a lifelong resident of Wantage.

Doug was a 1955 graduate of Sussex High School, Sussex, NJ.

He was a self employed Dairy Farmer at Ricker Family Farm (Hermam Ricker & Sons, Ricker Brothers). Doug "Retired" after the 2009 F2 tornado that left a wide swath of damaged that included the Family Farm. He continued to mentor & befriend farmers near and far. Especially later in life to Peter Bast and George Degroot.

He was an avid sports fan and played on the famed Sussex Cardinals baseball team (1950s - 1970s).

Doug was elected to the Wantage Township Committee serving 9 years, appointed Mayor 3 times. He served on the Wantage Township Planning Board and Open Space Committees.

Doug was a member of many organizations from High School to his death in September.

He was appointed or served variously, as Chairman, Director, President, Vice-president, Treasurer, volunteering his time to Agriculture & Public Service organizations:

Wantage Hustler’s Dairy 4-H Club,

Sussex County 4-H Council,

(Awarded prize to 4-H Club Congress in 1959),

Sussex County & NJ State FFA (American Degree),

Sussex County League of Municipalities,

High Point Republican Club,

Mt. View Grange No. 137.

Sussex County Holstein Association,

Sussex County Farm and Horse Show,

Eastern Milk Producers,

Atlantic Daiyman, Inc.,

Sussex County Board of Agriculture,

New Jersey Farm Bureau,

NJ State Board of Agriculture,

Sussex County Artificial Breeding Association,

Sussex County 208 Water Management,

Sussex County Farm Land Preservation,

Wallkill River Land Use Committee,

Wallkill River Policy Advisory Committee,

Sussex County Economic Partnership.

Doug was predeceased by his newborn grandson, John (1991) and a sister-in-law, Ann Ricker (2015).

Doug is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy (nee Hall) Ricker; father of Helen Morehead and her husband Jim of Cleveland, MN; Patti Ricker; Douglas C. Ricker Jr.; Jeff Ricker and his wife Yvette, Poppy of Nora Jean Ricker; Brother of Walter Ricker; and His beloved dog Princess, all of Wantage, NJ. He was Uncle Doug and cousin to many extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life service at the Unionville Fire Department 100 Rt. 284 Unionville, NY on Saturday, October 20, 2018, 11AM till 4 p.m. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Ferguson Funeral Home, Sussex, NJ. For directions and condolences see www.fergusonfuneralhomesnj.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations to: High Point Regional HS Marching Band - 299 Pidgeon Hill Road Sussex, NJ 07461, Unionville Fire Department - PO Box 372, Unionville, NY 10988 and/or Sussex County 4-H Club Foundation - 1 Spring St., Newton, NJ 07860.



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Gottheimer announces tourism task force
VERNON — U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) brought together business owners, the Sussex Chamber, elected officials, and tourism leaders at Mountain Creek Ski Resort for the...
Read more »
Image

Picture perfect home awaits at Crystal Springs
Stunning mountain views from the golf course.
Discriminating buyers can't help but be...

Read more »
Image

HONOR ROLL: GLEN MEADOW MIDDLE SCHOOL
Marking Period 2Grade 6
Devin Arnold
Sophia Avila
Colton Bates
Matthew Baumann
Rick Bennett
Jaclyn Benson
James...

Read more »

(No heading)

Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Local News
Area attorneys honored
  • Mar 15, 2019
Milestones
College News
  • Mar 12, 2019

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Lafayette, NJ