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Dean Ricker

February 6, 1927 — October 29, 2023

Spirit Lake

Dean Ricker


     Dean John Ricker, son of Earl Kenneth and Pearl Margaret (Broadbent) Ricker was born February 6, 1927 in Park Rapids MN.  He spent his childhood years growing up on a farm and attended school at Park Rapids School.  He enlisted in the Army/Airforce.  After his military service he moved to Spirit Lake IA and was employed by Iowa Electric Light & Power Co for the next 35 years, which he was very proud of.

     Dean dated and fell in love with Reva Eileen Kinkade of Milford and was married at the Little Brown Church on October 14,1950.

     Following their marriage, they moved to Peterson in1953 and raised their four daughters, Marcia, Debra, Donna & Karen. 

     He was a member of the Congregational Church in which he was a Board member for several years, a member of the American Legion, served on the Peterson City Council and thereafter became Mayor of Peterson.  After the death of his wife Reva in 1972 and his daughter Donna in 1973, Dean married Cleta Bedwell in 1974 and to this marriage a son John was born in 1975.

     In 1978 he returned to Spirit Lake and continued working for IEL&P until his retirement.  In 1998, his wife Cleta passed away.

     After his retirement he was not ready to completely retire and began to work for Doc’s Flag Cars for a few years and upon Doc’s retirement created his own business D. R. Flag Cars.  He always kept busy working around the yard and his garage seemed to be his “home away from home”. He especially enjoyed his time with family and friends.

     Left to cherish his memory are his children, Marcia (Glenn) Taylor of Spencer, Debra (Robert) Starkey of Spirit Lake, Karen (Jon) McAllister of Long Beach, CA, John (Erica) Ricker of Tinley Park, IL and a Sister-in-Law Patty (Kinkade) Billings of Sun City, CA; 7 Grandchildren: Benjamin (Amber) Anderson, Brandy Geisinger, Brittney Potter, Amanda Gilson (Massimiliano) Totaro, Dean John Ricker-Manning, Elliot Ricker, Heather Potter-Jack; 8 Great Grandchildren: Seth Anderson; Adam V. Anderson, Kayleigh Anderson, Bryce Marie Anderson; Lauren(Josh) Bauer, Anna Dirksen; Anthony (Cassandra) Coker; Lucia Totaro; 1 Great-Great Granddaughter expected in February.

    Dean is preceded in death by his wife, Reva; wife, Cleta; daughter, Donna Jean Ricker; grandson, Adam J. Anderson; great granddaughter, Bailey Geisinger; brother, Leon K. Ricker and sister, Doris E. Kirsch.

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Past Services


Saturday, November 4, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Warner Funeral Home-Spencer

225 W 3rd St, Spencer, IA 51301

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Funeral Service

Sunday, November 5, 2023

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First Congregational Church

208 Pine, Peterson, IA 51047

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