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James Rickord

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[March 01, 2010]  LINCOLN -- James R. Rickord, 88, of Lincoln, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at home, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Larry Crawford officiating.

Burial will be in New Union Cemetery with military rites.

Mr. Rickord worked at Caterpillar and retired from Lehn & Fink.  

He was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Broadwell to Samuel James and Clara Lavona Rickord. He marrried Wanda L. Higgins on Jan. 7, 1941, in New London, Mo. She preceded him in death on Aug. 27, 1992.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by three daughters, Reita (and Jerry) Rifner of Minier, Meredith Leever of Lincoln and Bonnie (and Ron) Schulmeister of Atlanta; six grandchildren, Brad Rifner of Lincoln, Brigette (and Tim) Carruth of Dallas, Ga., Brandi (and Darin) Clements of Williamsburg, Mo., Brian (and Barb) Hassebrock of Springfield, Travis Hassebrock of Lincoln and Eric Leever of Beason; and seven great-grandchildren, James Buck Rifner, Jakob Hassebrock, Taylor Hassebrock, Cameron Hassebrock, Chase Carruth, Eryn Leever and Erika Leever.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers and one grandson, Barry Rifner.

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He was a member of the Lincoln Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the Sportsman's Club of Beason. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and bowler, enjoyed going to swap meets for guns and coonhounds, and was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Home Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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