Born: Sat., Dec. 28, 1929
Died: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Oct. 30, 2017
Location: Frontier Baptist Church

Graveside Service

3:00 PM Mon., Oct. 30, 2017
Location: Wheatland Cemetery

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Funeral services for Francis Albert Ricker, 87, will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Frontier Baptist Church in Douglas, Wyoming with Pastor Tim Ricker and Missionary Cory Ricker officiating.  Interment will be in the Wheatland Cemetery in Wheatland, Wyoming at 3:00 P.M. Monday, October 30, 2017.

He went to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Monday morning, October 30, 2017 at the Douglas Care Center following a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Francis was born Saturday, December 28, 1929 in Anthony, Kansas the oldest of ten children to William James “Ponder” and Ethel Jane (Thomas) Ricker.

Francis married Dorothy Selby in 1952 and to that union was born two sons. He attended Bible College in Springfield, Missouri and then pastored Baptist churches in Kansas and Colorado for many years. Along the way Francis worked on ranches and thoroughly enjoyed the Cowboy Way of life for fifty plus years and considered himself to be an “Old Time Cowboy’ and was one of the best. He was also a born again Christian who left a Godly influence on many people.

He retired in Douglas and his interest then was the property he and Dorothy purchased north of town. He worked on the house and added on to it and upgraded the place. He did some “day work” for people around this area and also worked on the Frontier Baptist Church building. They sold their property and moved into town and got to enjoy a new home for some time.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Ricker, of Douglas; sons, Timothy B. (Lana Gayle) Ricker of Douglas and Curtis T. (Carol Jean) Ricker of Evans, Colorado; siblings, Wanda Bell Bollman of Wakita, Oklahoma, Joyce Elaine Knutson of Centennial, Colorado, Donna June Hamma of Hutchinson, Kansas, Gary Max Ricker of Scotts City, Kansas, Larry Gene Ricker of El Dorado, Kansas, John Wesley Ricker of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, and Rita Carol Foss of Nixa, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Stanley Thomas Ricker and Billy Wayne Ricker.
A memorial to the Frontier Baptist Church, 2345 East Richards Street, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family.

Serving as pallbearers will be Cory Ricker, Ryan Ricker, Woody Ricker, Dusty Ricker, Nathan Ricker, Brian Ricker, Josh Ricker, and Cody Ricker.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Ben Wurtsmith, Pat Nelson, Andy Anderson, Alan Cook, Charlie Wright, and Henrey Layher.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
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Elsie Reynolds
   Posted Wed October 25, 2017
Dorothy and Family,

My deepest sympathy goes out to each and everyone.
Frances always knew my name and would joke with me. It was great to know him. He will be missed.
So sorry for your lost.

Tonya Pittsley
   Posted Thu October 26, 2017
Tim and family sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for all of you.

richard prather
   Posted Fri October 27, 2017
dorothy and family: so sad to hear of your loss of albert, you all are in our thoughts and prayers. the good lord bless you one and all. richard and sondra prather

Steve Floyd
   Posted Fri October 27, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Ricker lived a long time. Some may feel that he was just old and it was his time. God did not mean it to be this way. When He created the first human pair, Adam and Eve, he placed them in a garden where they had everything they needed to live forever. Only one commandment was given and that was not to eat of the tree of the 'knowledge of good and evil'. If they did, they would die. In Genesis, chapter 3, verses 1 thru 18 is the story of their rebellion and their punishment. Romans chapter 5, verse 12 explains it best.

"That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned."

What God is doing is partly explained in the following 3 scriptures. 1: John 3:16; 2: John 5:28, 29; 3: Revelation 21:1-4. These basically show that God loves you and wants to give you everlasting life; He will resurrect all those in the graves; and will make a new world where death, pain, sorrow and suffering are done away with. I hope this helps, some. JW. ORG has much more. Steve

Cindi Sullivan
   Posted Fri October 27, 2017
My deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of Frances. He was a wonderful person. I will miss him a lot. My heart is with you all.

Adele Silva (Bentley)
   Posted Sun November 19, 2017
I was saddened to hear of Francis' passing. He was truly a special person and we were so fortunate to call him a friend. May the peace of the Lord be with you, Dorothy and family!


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