Richard Edward Fick, 82, of Billings, MT, died peacefully at residence Nov. 9. He was born March 11, 1940 in Stafford, Nebraska, to Edward and Alberta (Pond) Fick. He began first grade at age 4 in rural Nebraska. In search of higher alternatives, the household moved to Billings, Montana in 1949, the place they’d a household life and a brand new job at Saunders Lumber. Richard additionally began working on the lumber yard on the age of 14, counting stock and unloading wagons by hand. He attended Pine Hills, Lockwood, and Senior Excessive Colleges, graduating in 1957. He attended Japanese Montana Faculty and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Schooling in 1961. He then taught primarily fifth and sixth grades for 39 years outdated. He taught elementary faculties in Taft, Orchard, Highland and Sandstone. He retired from instructing in June 2000. His love for instructing was unimaginable. He made a distinction within the lives of so many kids and households. He took his college students fossil looking at the back of his van within the Pryors, walked to Pays to look at gross sales, out of doors schooling at Riverfront Park and lots of extra adventures. He had posters of John Wayne, Native Individuals, American presidents and, after all, an American flag hanging in his classroom. He wished to show and expose his college students to as many real-world tales and experiences as doable.
Together with instructing, he additionally raised cattle. He was fascinated by bovine genetics and the development of his small herd. He offered membership calves to loyal clients as distant as Illinois. Summers had been spent planting hay in Lockwood, Shepherd and surrounding areas. He labored laborious daily, some say too laborious, whether or not it was irrigating, chopping and baling hay, piling up small squares, fixing fences, feeding and calving cows, to backyard and backyard. He loved making an attempt new vegetation in his backyard and rising decorative grasses. He grew many sorts of decorative corn and fall decorations which he shared together with his grandchildren who offered them on the native farmer’s market. He additionally cherished and appreciated a superb horse. He informed tales of driving his horse into Billings to go to his girlfriend and the significance of a devoted horse to verify cowson. He began watching his grandchildren, Owen, Trigg and Eva once they had been every round 2 years outdated. They did “college work” daily, instructing them to put in writing, rely and browse from the beginning. As soon as a trainer, all the time a trainer. They had been the sunshine of his life. They labored open air, gardened, learn books, realized about American historical past and present affairs, manners, sharing, respect, gratitude for flag and nation, listened to outdated nation music and talked on the radio, accumulating rooster eggs to share with neighbors, and the laborious work pays off and is rewarding.
Dad had a deep connection to Nebraska the place he was born. He drove his prized mustangs and muscle vehicles within the summers to go to and assist harvest the hay. Alongside together with his favourite vehicles, he cherished his Ford pickup truck which has clocked up practically 400,000 miles. He’ll eternally be a Ford fan. Many laughs have been had and recollections created on these journeys over time together with her aunts, uncles and cousins. Later, he would make the annual journey in August together with his daughter, Jacque, to deliver again a truckload of watermelons and cantaloupes to share with household and buddies. If you realize, you realize!
He was predeceased by his first spouse, Barbara (Crenshaw) Walborn. Survivors embrace daughter, Kymm (Steve) Stark, son, Ed (Phyrne) Fick, daughter Jacque (Byron) Rouse; grandchildren, Jonathan (Jen) Stark, Jesse (Jen) Stark, Charlie (Caitlin) Fick, Jenny Fick, Owen, Trigg and Eva Rouse; Nice-grandchildren, Brocton and Bailey Stark, Mason, Leighton and Emmerson Stark, Bridger, Holden and Landon Fick. His sister Sandie (Invoice) Quesenberry, nephews and niece and his second spouse, Shirl (LeBrun) Harms and his kids Heather Yates and Mike Yates. He’s additionally survived by his particular cousins born in Nebraska, Georgie (Raymond), Marilynn (Jack), Carolyn (Jack) and Jim (Laura).
Particular due to his many neighbors for visiting him over the fence, watching him, bringing him peanut butter cookies, frog eye salad, rhubarb crisp and Christmas treats. We thanks on your kindness and friendship.
An additional thanks to Stillwater Hospice and the care you’ve got supplied over the previous yr. Janeen, you’re merely wonderful. We’re eternally grateful to you for caring for our father and on your encouragement to proceed.
Dad, you had been my hero and my function mannequin. You all the time stored your phrase and also you had been somebody I might rely on for every part. You liked our kids unconditionally and helped form them into who they’re at the moment, for which Byron and I are eternally grateful. I hope you stroll infinite fields of inexperienced grass with Uncle George and cease within the shade to drink a Dr Pepper and hearken to Paul Harvey. Hope grandma met you along with your favourite supper of her fried rooster and mashed potatoes and gravy you have been ready for therefore lengthy.
A non-public household service will probably be held to scatter his ashes. In lieu of flowers, memorials could also be made to the Huntley Venture Veteran’s Day Program, Huntley Venture College 1477 Ash Avenue, Worden, MT 59088, Angel Horses, Inc, PO Field 20797, Billings, MT 59104, or to a charity in your selection.
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