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Obituaries

Robert M. Rickart, 90, of Hoopeston, passed away at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Hoopeston Carle Hospital, in Hoopeston, Illinois.

Mr.Rickart was born on September 21, 1927, in Rankin, Illinois, the son of Lora and Edna (Grimes) Rickart.  He married Lillie Belle (McBride) Rickart on June 28, 1947.  She precedes him in death.

He is also survived by five daughters- Marsha (Lloyd) Blackwell of Byrdstown, Tennessee, Brenda (Raleigh) Marlin of Christiana, Tennessee, Roberta Grether, Riverbank, California, Bonnie(Steve) Howell  of Hoopeston, Betty (Allen) Edwards of Bismarck, Illinois; son- Bobby(Dorothy)Rickart of Hoopeston Illinois ;fourteen grandchildren- Lori, Robyn, Jeremy, Raleigh, Ricky, Angela, Michelle, Deana, Shelly, Kelly, Steve Jr, Holly, Renee and Kyle ; 27 great-grandchildren & 2 great great -grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lillie Belle, daughter- Connie Rickart and granddaughter- Brandy Rickart.

Mr. Rickart served in the United States Navy-.  He worked as a methods clerk at FMC for over 40 years.  He was a member and past Commander of the Hoopeston VFW. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, going to the casinos, taking car rides and to view wildlife. He loved his family and he will be greatly missed by them.

A Celebration of Robert Rickart’s Life will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2018, at the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston, with Steve Unger officiating.  Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, funeral services to immediately follow.  He will be laid to rest in Mann’s Chapel Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.  Memorials may be made to Hoopeston VFW, American Legion or donor’s choice.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. Rickart’s life.  Memories or condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.blurtonfuneralhomes.com

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