John Rickert

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John F. Rickert, 85, of New Athens, IL, born February 16, 1932, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Rickert was a carpenter and a member of the Carpenter’s Local #433.  He was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church, New Athens, IL, and a member of the New Athens Knights of Columbus.  John was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John H. and Rose E., nee Warren, Rickert; two brothers, Harold Rickert and Robert Rickert; and two sisters, Roseanne Rigdon and Mary Warren.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 61 years, Rita F., nee Helfrich, Rickert, whom he married on July 4, 1956, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL;
two daughters, Deborah (Robert) Sherouse of Waldorf, MD, and Diane (Darryl) Mehrmann of New Athens, IL;
two sons, Mark (Tammy) Rickert of New Athens, IL, and Daniel (Jennie) Rickert of Belleville, IL;
eight grandchildren, John Sherouse, Marie Sherouse, Dana (Terry) Heimann, Darren (Dana) Mehrmann; Joshua (Chyanne) Rickert, Sarah (Luke) Wiskamp, Amanda Rickert, and Jacob Rickert;
nine great-grandchildren, Dominick Sherouse, Landon Nock,  Peyton Heimann, Wyatt, Wesley, and Wade Mehrmann,  Trent Wiskamp, and Drew and Ryen Rickert;
a sister, Shirley Leinecke of New Athens, IL;
and nieces and nephews.

Special thanks are extended to Dr. James Althoff, to Fr. Mark Reyling, and to the many family and friends for their support during this most difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Agatha Catholic School, to the American Cancer Society, to Hospice of Southern Illinois, or in the form of Masses.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

 Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, September 30, 2017, at St. Agatha Catholic Church, New Athens, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 noon Saturday, September 30, 2017, at St. Agatha Catholic Church, New Athens, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


8 Comments on John Rickert

Glenn and Debbie Gianini said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2017 at 5:12 PM

We are deeply sorry for your loss and are keeping you in our prayers. May all your special memories give you peace and strength at this difficult time.

  • Manchester
  • ME
Tom and Susan DeHetre said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Our deepest sympathy and our love are extended to all of you. This has been a long, hard time for you and now he is resting in the arms of Jesus.

  • Waldorf
  • MD
Gary & Amy Lea Miller said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2017 at 2:10 AM

Our hearts are prayers are with yall during this difficult time. God bless

  • Waldorf
  • MD
Bill & Donna Boulware said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2017 at 12:35 AM

Debbie ,we were sorry to hear of your dads passing. Having lost my mom last mom I know the loss your feeling. As Christains we know they are in a better place.

  • McImtosh
  • Florida
Jane Gass Boron said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Rita & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bud was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face. My prayers are with all of you at this time. Much Love, Jane

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Laura L Benoist said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2017 at 3:46 PM

With Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your father and grandfather. Your friends @ ICS

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Bob & Charlotte Main said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2017 at 1:39 PM

Rita and family please accept our deepest sympathy. Bud was truly a good man and will be missed. His suffering is over and he can now rest in peace. His love will live on forever.

  • New Athens
  • Illinois
Shultz Family said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Dan, Jennie, and Jacob, Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dad and grandpa. We will be thinking and praying for you. - Love, Shultz Family

  • Smithton
  • IL

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