Phyllis I. Ricker

October 10, 1950 ‒ February 25, 2015

Galion, Ohio

Phyllis I. Ricker, 64, of Galion went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, Wednesday morning, February 25, 2015 at her home unexpectedly.

Born October 10, 1950, in Galion, she was the daughter of the late Carroll and Virginia (Meek) Mann. She married Thomas A. Ricker on February 14, 1972 and he survives.

Phyllis was a graduate of Galion High School in 1968 and was the Weekday Religious Education Teacher for twenty years. She was a very active member of Grace Brethren Church, participating in the women’s ministries, playing the piano and teaching Vacation Bible School at church for many years. Phyllis enjoyed the swimming exercise classes at the Galion Community Center-YMCA. She enjoyed gardening and was a previous member of the Galion Garden Club. She also enjoyed meeting with a ladies group in the mornings for sharing and Bible study. Phyllis’s passion and faith showed in her sharing of the Gospel to all children and especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Thomas H. (Janelle) Ricker of Washington, PA, P. Christine (Ron) Kostelnik of Galion and Ben D. (Erin) Ricker of Mansfield; her grandchildren, Kearsten, Megan and Matthew Kostelnik and Caleb, Natalie and Mackenzie Ricker; her brothers, Gaylord Mann of Akron and Randy (Diane) Mann of Galion.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015 at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. Funeral services will be held at Grace Brethren Church, 1055 Winchester Road, Galion, Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Pennington and her son Pastor Thomas Ricker officiating. A private burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bibles for Africa or The Voice of the Martyrs in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Phyllis Ricker, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Sorry for your loss but rejoice knowing she is with her Lord. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • We are grieving with you and sending our prayers from Florida. So sorry we can’t be there with you, but know that even as we all grieve, we celebrate Phyllis’s “final graduation”. There’s no doubt in our minds that she is hearing the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” Praying God will wrap you all in His comforting arms. With Love, Jack & Beth, and Grace

  • Where do I begin? To Tom, Tommy, Chris and Ben and the rest of the family my thoughts and prayers go out for you as you have lost a wonderful woman. She was living for The Lord every day. I will always remember our daily large unsweetened iced tea and Bible studies at Wendy’s. I remember one year the ladies were planning a mother daughter luncheon and it was about little girls standing in the shadows of their mothers to learn. Phyllis convinced me to write something up and have someone else read it. One part in that paper was about her. Her mother helped the community as they held Bible studies and helped form the church. Phyllis was avid in teaching about salvation. She helped me realize what God had planned for me. After hours of praying with her I began my career in corrections in the hopes of showing lost souls that someone is pulling for them. Phyllis you were my friend and my sister. The Lord called you home and I know you took his hand and began singing praise. I will cherish the lessons I learned from you over the years.

  • To the family of Phylilis Ricker
    My thoughts and prayers are with you durning this time , Mrs Ricker was my religious Ed teacher from 2 grade through middle school she was such a sweet soul and had such a kind passion I loved mrs Ricker! I am so thankful for her love in Jesus she taught me so much
    She will be dearly missed

  • The Galion High School class of 1968 wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Ricker family in the loss of Phyllis Mann Ricker.

  • Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. So sorry for your loss.
    With sympathy,
    Jim and Rhonda Young

  • Tom and all your family. Hold them close and keep the memories flowing. I am totally stunned and had no idea she was ill. Phyllis was a class mate of mine. We were close during school and drifted as years went by. I have such fond memories of Phyllis, her mom and dad. When her dad had the Lambretta shop we had such good times there. I am sad of all the missed opportunities to re-conncct. To Phyllis’s children, you already know what a wonderful mom you had. Talking about the good & bad times will keep her alive and in the memories of all of you. God is with you and will help all of you through this.
    Ginger Voisard

  • Phyllis Ricker will be remembered by many, including my own now adult children, whose lives she faithfully touched throughout her career teaching Weekday Religious Education. She will be missed by many. Our most sincere condolences to her family for your loss

    Tom & JoAnn Wiggins

  • Phyllis lead my daughter Ashleigh Wright to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. She meant a lot to the children of the Galion School district. She will be greatly missed. She lead a life of what she loved best. Spreading the word of God! Through her ministry there were a lot of kids that came to love the Lord. Prayers to family!

  • So sorry for your loss. She was a great friend and sister inChrist. She will be greatly missed by many, she touched so many.

  • Phyllis was a wonderful lady, she was someone you could look up to as a Christian, and go to with any problems. She loved to laugh and make people comfortable. She was the type of friend when we ran into each other every few years it was like we had seen each other yesterday.
    She will be missed.

  • What a faithful servant of the Lord Phyllis was. And, the love she had for the children she taught down through the years was beautiful. Many people found Jesus because of her. She was always willing to go the extra mile for others. She was always pleasant and always had such a beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you Christine and you family as you mourn the loss of your mother. May god embrace each and every one of you during this time of grief! I hope you find peace as you all gather to celebrate the life and memories of your mom! Godspeed Phyllis may you rest in peace above with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ!

  • To Phyllis’s Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful lady. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  • To the Mann and Ricker families:
    I remember Phyllis from the early days of Grace Brethren Church, Sunday School, and the class of 1968. My first vehicle came from Carroll’s Lambretta shop. My mother, Thelma, was Phyllis’s Sunday School teacher and a lifelong friend to Phyllis and and a dear friend to Virginia. No doubt they are rejoicing together again. Phyllis demonstrated a steadfast faith that could only be admired and respected. My sympathy in your loss.

  • Please accept our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family!

  • Tom, my condolences on your loss. I remember you and Phyllis from the Grace Brethren Church when Jane and I attended there. May God be with you in your time of grief.

  • On behalf of the Allegheny District of Grace Brethren Churches, I express our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. Phyllis’ Christian attitudes and joyful spirit will be missed by many. We are grateful for the hope that we as Christians have in Christ Jesus our Lord; however, we are sad for the family and friends that are left to deal with the emptiness and void. May God richly bless the funeral service and the time that follows as you remember the life of wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. God’s Richest Blessings,

    Pastor Christopher Knight (Listie GBC, Listie, PA)

  • I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Phyllis’s husband, her children, and to her grandchildren. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

  • Phyllis was a wonderful teacher to my girls; Amy and Brittany at Galion Christian School. Her beautiful smile and gentleness was so appreciated when little ones were afraid to be away from Mom and Dad. She always answered them so sweetly and led them through with her positive attitude. Her love for the Lord was evident and shined through. Prayers for the family.

  • We were so surprised by the news of Phyllis”s Home-going. Our hearts go out to you in concern and sympathy for the suddenness of this parting. Our paths have intertwined since our kids became friends at Mansfield Christian School, briefly at MVNU, and ultimately, Tom and Joe rooming together at Asbury College. Over the years, ties of affection and concern develop between families, especially when “the Lord’s the Lord of them.” Please be assured of our continued prayers for the comfort of God as you continue on your journey. We know that many times a lifetime of memories and anecdotes will offer you laughter and strength on your way. It’s good to know that “we’ll understand it better by and by.”

  • Dear Tom and Family,

    We want to express our sympathies at the passing of your mom. Based upon what has been written (above), she sounds like a wonderful and faithful servant of our God. We rejoice with you that she is in the presence of the One she served so well, but also know that she will be sorely missed. May you and the family experience the comfort that only Jesus can provide at this time of your loss.

    God bless.

  • Tom, you and your family have our deepest sympathies. We rejoice with you knowing Phyllis is home with our Lord and Savior and smiling in His presence. We will always remember her smile and her joy in serving our Lord. She will be missed and remembered by the many lives she touched. You will all be in our prayers at this difficult time.