RICKER, Jr., Norman Hurd, age 90, of St. Petersburg passed away peacefully June 10, 2017. Born in Houston Texas April 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Sallie Lee St. Louis Ricker and Dr. Norman Hurd Ricker. Norman is predeceased in death by his cherished sisters Sallie Lee Snow, wife of James B Snow MD, and Florence Ricker Inman, wife of Sam C Inman (deceased).
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Nancy Lee Ricker, Chris W. Ricker and his wife Phyllis of St. Petersburg, John G. Ricker and his wife Sherry; grandchildren Megan M. Varisco and her husband Mathew Varisco of Gulfport Florida, and Erica L. Ricker of Kissimmee Florida.
Norman served in the Navy during WWII. After his discharge, he attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. He then joined the U.S. Army where he served as an Ordinance Officer during his first tour in Vietnam, and then as the Deputy Director of Intelligence Advisor during his second tour in Vietnam. His last posting was at Fort Huachuca, Arizona where he served as the Director of the U.S. Intelligence School. Norman retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of service in the Army. He went back to school and graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Psychology. Before retiring permanently, he was an investigator for the State of Florida Board of Real Estate, and the Director of the Refugee Services program for the Catholic Social Services in St. Petersburg.
He was an avid genealogist, and was in the Society of Mayflower Descendants. He loved sailing, socializing with family and friends, and volunteering at his church. He was a devout catholic and was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope.
A Mass followed by Benediction will be conducted on Wednesday, June 21st at 3:00 PM at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 5501 62nd Avenue North, Pinellas Park, Florida. The Funeral Mass will be conducted on Thursday, June 22nd at 10:00AM at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, followed by private extended family graveside interment at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady of Good Hope Church.