Joe Byron Riker

1944 - 2012

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Joe Byron Riker, 68, of rural Forest died at 2:43 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2012 due to the result of an automobile accident. He was born on June 23, 1944 in Findlay to the late A.O. and Helen (Wilcox) Riker. He married Jane Riley and they later divorced; he then married Andrea Gadomski and she survives. Also surviving are four children: Tamera (Philip) Rooney; Leigh Ann Kloeppel, both of Findlay; Ryan Riker of Lexington, KY and Nathan "Nate" (Tiffany) Riker, of Findlay; three grandchildren, Tess Rooney; Alex and Chase Kloeppel; three brothers, Donny (Norma) Riker of Findlay; Bobby Riker and Jay Riker (twin brother), also of Findlay. Joe retired from the Whirlpool Corporation in 2006. He was a charter member of the Millstream Woodcarvers, a member of the Flag City Corvette Club, an avid bass fisherman and an artist. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, August 10, 2012 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME where visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday. Burial will follow the service at Knollcrest Gardens, east of Arcadia. Memorials may be made in his name to: the Black Swamp Area Council Boy Scouts of America,752 West Robb Avenue, Lima, Ohio 45801 or to the Millstream Woodcarvers. Online condolences may be expressed via:

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Thursday, August 9th 2012 6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, August 10th 2012 - 1:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Cemetery [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, Ohio 44804

  • Contributions:

    Boy Scouts of America Black Swamp Council
    2100 Broad Avenue
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Millstream Woodcarvers
    2230 Blanchard Avenue
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Instructions:

Condolences For Joe Byron Riker

To : Andrea Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Ronnie Jeff and Noah Cheney
Andrea Our heartfelt prayers go out to you right now We never know when God is going to call us home Hugs to you as you process all this Joe was a wonderful helpmate and husband Ronnie Jeff and Noah

To : Ryan Nate Tamera Leigh Ann Jane and family Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Mariah Mercer
I am so sorry for your loss Your dad was a really great guy He was such a fixture in my childhood - showing me what a walleye was I remember looking in one of his bucket of fish from some trip or other and having him explain what he'd caught how to fish he was a pretty good teacher though I was a pretty bad student getting a sneak peak in his shop eating dinner with the Rikers I think the smell of sawdust will always remind me of him Joe was taken far too soon You're all in the Mercer family's thoughts and prayers

To : Leigh Ann Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Leah Cogley-Baltz
Leigh AnnI can not answer the questions why I can only tell you God needed your dad So Heaven has new Angel and you have a new guardian angel With time the pain will ease and the tears become smiles of great memoriesThink of him everyday and keeps the memories aliveSending you prayers and hugsLeah

To : The Children of Joe Riker Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Patty Switzer
It is with much sorrow that I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you I know how much you will miss him I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around each and every one of you and get you thru these next few days May he rest in peace

To : Tamera Phill and Tess Date :Tuesday, August 7th 2012
From : Karen and Greg
Tamera words just can't express I just wanted to send our condolences and let you to know that we are thinking about you allYou know I love you guys

To : Tammy Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Mireya
TammyI just wanted to let you know that my thoughts are with you and your family Mireya

To : the family of Joe Riker Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Sandy Franks
You are in my prayers during this difficult time May God bless each of you and hold you close I worked with Joe for 30 years at Whirlpool He was a good person who made a difference Peace to each of you

To : Andrea Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Doug Connie Shipley
Our thoughts and prayers are with you I wish I could hug you right now Lots of hugs and love from both of us

To : Tamera Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Tina sawyer UK girl
Tamera Im sorry for your loss It is always very hard to bury a parent Know you have many friends in Findlay that you can turn for that shoulder to cry on Hugs to you over the next few weeks and forever more

To : Tamera Date :Tuesday, August 7th 2012
From : Beth Fulkerson
Hi Tamera I am so very sorry for your loss I remember your dad well He was very proud of you You are in my thoughts and prayers Hang in there Beth

To : Leigh Ann Date :Tuesday, August 7th 2012
From : The Treft Family
Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers May you all have the strength that is needed to get you thru this very difficult time

To : Andrea Tammy and Leigh Ann Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Holly Barney Cornelious
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss You are in my thoughts and prayers

To : Ryan and the entire family Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Phil Maze
My most sincere condolences for your loss You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayersMay you all be blessed with the grace love and understanding from God during this most difficult time

To : Tamera Phil and Tess Rooney Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Dick and Marla Brumbaugh Family
We're so sad for all of you understanding how rough it is to loose a father You'll be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this rough adjustment And please know Tamera - when you need a friend to talk to please know I'll be right across the hall Take care of each other

To : Andrea Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Jeff Kiess
You have my sympathy

To : Tamera Date :Wednesday, August 8th 2012
From : Bill Wolf
Tamera You are in my prayers My deepest condolences on your lossBill Kayleen Wolf

To : Tamera and Leigh Ann and Ryan and Nate Date :Thursday, August 9th 2012
From : Jack and Jane Bender Jane Weissling
Peace Prayers and Blessings to each of you We are sorry to hear of the passing of your fatherJack and Jane Bender

To : Ryan Date :Saturday, August 11th 2012
From : Mark Litkenhus
RyanI was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing You have my sympathy If there is anything I can do please let me know

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