August 18, 1947 - April 21, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 11:00 AM Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home
Visitation Monday, April 25, 2016 from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM at Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Fune
James Joseph Ricketts, 68, of South Vienna, Ohio passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in his residence.
Joe is survived by his wife Joyce (Massie) Ricketts; his children, Kenneth (Barbara) Ricketts, Melissa (Dean) Stoughton, Richard (Karen) Ricketts and Tina (Richard Jr.) Minehart; step-children, Aaron Raymond and Missy (Scott) Gefaller; his sister, Gulia (William) Meehan; his brothers, John R. (Priscilla) Ricketts, Thomas “Tim” (Reva) Ricketts and Dan (Karen) Ricketts; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as a host of life-long friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents John Kenneth and Catherine (Hayes) Ricketts and spouse Patty Ricketts.
Joe was born August 18, 1947 in Springfield, Ohio and was a 1965 graduate of Northeastern High School. He was a member of the Local 97 and retired from the Local 162 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters of Springfield, Ohio for over 55 years. In his early years, he was a member of the Springfield Banjo Club. Joe enjoyed watching drag car racing, NHRA, and he loved planes. In fact, he always wanted to be a pilot.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Monday April 25, 2016 in SKILLMAN, McDONALD & VERNON FUNERAL HOMES, Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday April 26, 2016 in the funeral home with Pastor Danny Massie officiating. Burial will follow in McConkey Cemetery, Catawba, Ohio.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.vernonfh.com
It is such a loss to this world, I pray for all of you. I remember Joe best as loving his children so much, and his parents, brothers and sisters, everybody cousins too.
Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jimmy and I grew up together and then reconnected years ago which made me so happy. He was always my good friend. After he got cancer I hadn’t seen him in a few years but by chance we ran into each other at the cancer center here in springfield. I’m so glad that happened. We talked for a good while until he was called back for his treatment. It was a great talk , remembering old times and laughing. He’ll never be forgotten. Jimmys friend always, Linda