Billy Gene Rickle, Sr.

1938 - 2019

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Billy Gene Rickle, Sr., 81, of Wharton passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at St. Vincent Medical Center Burn Unit. He was born in Wharton on March 7, 1938 to the late Elmer Lee and Florence (Farthing) Rickle. Bill married Phylis Moser on October 20, 1956 and she survives along with six children: Gary (Debra-deceased) Rickle of Wharton, Jody Noel of Dunkirk, Cris (Kelly) Rickle of Mt. Blanchard, Billy Gene (Stacy) Rickle, Jr. of Wharton, Brad (Peggy) Rickle of Dunkirk, and Marybeth (Doug) Howard of Findlay. Bill is also survived by two sisters: Treva (John-deceased) Bakies of Carey, and Betty (Marion-deceased) Bardon of Channahon, IL; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Wilma Rickle, Jackie Rickle, Mary Rickle, and Ilah Rickle. He was preceded in death by three grandchildren: Erik, Rachel, and Ashley; brothers: Dale (Ethel), Harold (Reva), Howard, Leonard (Esther), Gerold, Dwight, and Wayne Rickle; sister, Bernita (Jack) Runion; and two infant sisters. Bill retired from Atlas Crankshaft after 24 years of service. In later years, he worked at Rick Runion's Used Car Center. He took pride in everything he did and was very passionate about cars. Bill was extremely proud of his family and enjoyed his grandchildren. He had a special relationship with his great-grandson, Jack whom he would babysit every Friday. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 3:00-8:00pm at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington. The funeral service will begin at 11:00am on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Wharton First Church of God, with visitation from 10:00am- 11:00am prior to the service. Pastor David Odegard will officiate and burial will follow in Wharton-Richland-Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given in memory of Bill to the Toledo St. Vincent Medical Center Burn Unit. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting www.cratesfuneralhome.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    Friday, April 12th 2019 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Wharton First Church of God[Map]
    108 S. Cass St.
    Wharton, Ohio 43359
    Saturday, April 13th 2019 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, April 13th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Wharton First Church of God [Map]
    108 S. Cass St.
    Wharton, Ohio 43359

  • Final Resting Place:

    Wharton Cemetery [Map]
    State Route 293
    Wharton, Ohio 43359

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Condolences For Billy Gene Rickle, Sr.

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To : Phylis Marybeth Gary Brad and all the rest of t
Date :Thursday, April 11th 2019
From : Wynn
I am so sorry that you all had to go through this tragedy. He always made me smile just being around him...… you all have my heartfelt sympathy.



To : Dustin Rickle Doug Rickle and Family
Date :Thursday, April 11th 2019
From : Ronnie and Charlotte Scott
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family durning this difficult time. Much love from the Scott’s



To : Phylis and family
Date :Thursday, April 11th 2019
From : Roger and Tina Runion
We are very sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful kind person that could make anyone smile. We will miss him greatly.



To : The Rickle Family
Date :Thursday, April 11th 2019
From : Sue Kear Dielman
My sincere sympathy to such a wonderful family. I have fond memories of of our school years and neighborhood.



To : Gary Rickle
Date :Thursday, April 11th 2019
From : Jan Strait
Gary, I am so sorry for your loss. Rest assured that God will love your Dad in heaven as you all did at home,
Please let me know if you need anything




To : Doug Howard wife and Kids
Date :Thursday, April 11th 2019
From : John and Beth Campbell
Doug, our prayers go out to you, your wife and kids. So Sorry for your loss. Thinking about ya kiddo - hang in there.



To : Cris Kelly and Rickle Family
Date :Friday, April 12th 2019
From : Linda Myers
My sympathies to you and your family. Many hugs and thoughts.



To : Marybeth Doug and family
Date :Friday, April 12th 2019
From : Doug and Judy Howard Liechty
We are so very sorry for your loss.
Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Love you all and may God bless.



To : Phyllis and family
Date :Friday, April 12th 2019
From : Rhonda Shifflet and family
Memories of Bill, Sr and spending time at your house as a youngster came flooding back as I remember the love, laughter and devotion your family has to each other. You will always be a part of my family and you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I love you all.



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