Robert Ross “Bob” Rickel II

November 05, 1959 ‒ May 13, 2019

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: Bob Rickel didn’t consider the sufferings of the present time worth comparing with the glory that would be revealed to him (Romans 8). He lived by the Spirit – a Spirit of adoption – that bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, then heirs and joint-heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Bob’s earthly suffering has passed, as he inherited his reward when he passed into the Lord’s care Monday, May 13, 2019. He was 59.

Born November 5, 1959 in Ravenna, to Robert Ross Rickel and Bonnie Jean Rowland Rickel, he was graduated from Ashland High School in 1978, earned his BA in Accounting from Kent State University in 1988 and attended Liberty University Graduate School.

Saved in the Christian faith as a teenager with the ministry of First Baptist Church in Ashland, he played on First Christian Church Ashland fastpitch team for years.

For 30 years, Bob held a sales position with LSC Communications – formerly RR Donnelley & Sons (and Courier Corporation), and served as president of the Donnelley Club in Willard.

Bob was an active member of Berean Baptist Church, where he taught the Carpenters Sunday school class, formerly served on the deacon board, formerly co-taught the 4th-grade Sunday school class (with his alter ego Bob Ray), and was active with the men’s prayer group.

A member of Gideon’s International, Bob tried to live by the personal ordinance of “Love the Lord first, then Family and Others.” He held a deep love for scripture and will be remembered as a man who genuinely loved people.

Some of those people on the receiving end of his compassion were student athletes. Bob coached youth league bowling, and youth league baseball. He was active with the Loudonville Summer girls fastpitch tournament for several years and served as announcer for Loudonville High School basketball games for both boys and girls.

He authored a book on the history of Loudonville girls’ softball: “From Dust to Gold” which chronicled the State Championships and the groundwork of the successful program.

Bob worked ten years with the Ashland Time Gazette as a staff sports writer covering the Loudonville Redbirds, originated the Coats-for-Kids program in the Loudonville Community, and helped Mike Franklin coach the Sandusky High School Blue Streak Football team.

He is survived by his wife Diane (Painter Davis) Rickel, whom he married May 31, 2014; children Rob (Kerry) Rickel of Largo, Randall Rickel of Ontario, Sarah (Trent) Kincade of Mt. Gilead, and Carrie (Joe) Henzi of Cincinnati; his mother Bonnie Jean Rickel of Bellville; grandson Ethan Henzi; siblings Jeffrey (Bonnie Kinney) Rickel of Lexington, Cheryl (Todd) Brown of Ashland and David (Sandy) Rickel of Jacksonville, FL; nieces and nephews Jenny (Scott) Lang of Ashland, Andrew Rickel of Shelby, Stephanie Williams, Kaylan Williams, and Emily Rickel of Jacksonville, FL; and numerous cousins, and brothers- and sisters-in-Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert Ross Rickel.

The Rickel family will receive guests Friday, May 17, 2019 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Berean Baptist Church 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, where a worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Bob Rickel will be held Saturday at 11 am. His brother-in-the-Lord Evan Davis will preside. In fondness for that community, burial will follow in Loudonville Cemetery. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

For the advancement of God’s Kingdom, and in Bob’s memory, contributions may be made to Berean Church, and may be made at the funeral.

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  • My deepest sympathies on the loss of a wonderful man and friend. It was an honor to know Bob and I am grateful for the privilege of working with him, I am better for it. I know he loved Jesus and is finally at home which gives me great comfort, I look forward to seeing my friend again someday. May God Bless Diane and Bob’s family, I am sorry that I never had the chance to meet each of you in person. Bob served our company, Ramsey Solutions, and took the greatest care and interest in making sure everything was done just right. Bob always had a smile on his face and I looked forward to each of our meetings and conversations. I will miss him very much! We love you Bob, enjoy Heaven my friend. You have finished the race.

    • Ken,
      He was honored to serve Ramsey Solutions and always spoke of the high mark of excellence your company aspired to. Your warm words regarding your friendship with Bob was such a blessing to our family. ❤️
      Missing him so much…Diane Rickel

  • Bob was a great friend, and a true inspiration to walk a walk of faith. We had many discussions on the Bible, and Bob always wanted to be 100% accurate. He loved God’s Word and lived by it. He was an excellent Bible teacher. I will miss him greatly, but rejoice that imwill see him again!

    Linda and I are praying for you, Diane. Let us know if we can help,in any way.

    Steve and Linda McElhatten

    • It will always bring a smile to my face remembering those conversations you both had regarding numerous Bible subjects!
      He gleaned so much from you Steve.
      You and Linda are loved so much! Thank you for sharing and continuing to pray for our family.
      Diane Rickel

  • Bob is a great friend and brother in Christ. When I served as one of the pastors at Berean, he was always one of my best supporters. I remember when the church planned a volunteer recognition banquet and I had to submit a name from my list of over 300 volunteers. My first choice was Bob. There was no question in my mind. At that time his Carpenters class was outgrowing their assigned classroom. We all knew why. Bob and Diane loved and ministered to everyone in their class, and Bob had a way of presenting God’s Word that made the class something people just didn’t want to miss each week. Many people told me it was more important to them than the worship service on Sunday mornings. Bob, we will miss you dearly…but it’s only goodbye for now…not forever.

    • Craig,
      Bob respected and loved you dearly! Thank you for supporting and encouraging him and I and our beloved Carpenters Class. What joy we had studying God’s word together with our Berean family!

  • I met Bob when he and my husband Joe, worked together at RRDonnelley, in Willard and Bob was Donnelley Club President. After Joe’s retirement, our paths crossed again when Bob started attending Berean Baptist Church and we picked up our friendship. After Joe’s death, Bob was one of my greatest encouragers and supporters and I shall never forget what that meant to me. Diane was a blessing to me as she reached out to me in understanding and friendship, after my husband’s death. I am delighted to think that Bob now stands in the presence of Jesus, but am saddened for the family who must go on, without him. Our hope is not ‘here’, but ‘there’ and someday, we will meet again, where we shall be whole and fully alive as we never were, here on earth.

    • Amen Dee!
      You have been our greatest encourager and supporter as well! You have meant so much to the both of us Dee. What a blessing you are! ❤️

  • How very lucky we all were to have Rickel be such an important part of our community and our lives. He always found a way to make each and every Loudonville athlete feel special and spent countless hours writing about and celebrating all of us.

    I have met very few people in my life who have exhibited a genuine kindness for all people like Rickel did. When I stop to remember him, it won’t be because he wrote about us and showcased our accomplishments. I will remember him for his fill up the room personality, his positive disposition, and his generous heart.

    My sincerest condolences to his entire family as well as his friends. Even though it’s been 27 years since my high school graduation, the loss of Rickel at such a young age leaves an emptiness in my heart.

    He will certainly be remembered fondly and will live on in all of the stories of any Loudonville Redbird who had the privilege of knowing him.

    • Bob loved Loudonville and all his Redbirds!! When he talked about the teams he covered it was evident he loved all the kids! Thank you for sharing a very touching tribute Jennie!

  • My deepest sympathies for the loss of a very “great” guy. I first met Bob working as a customer service rep for Courier. Worked with him on one of his major accounts as well as a few others. He always had kind words for anyone one he spoke to and you could always expect a comment of his favorite Buckeye teams. May God help you thru this difficult time knowing that he has been welcomed into his forever home with the Lord.

    • Thank you Karen for your condolence. Bob held the Courier family close to his heart! They are a special group of people.

  • Bob was a good friend, an example to live by, and a supportive co-worker. We had a group of five, current, former, and retired co workers who would get together whenever we could for lunch. Those are some great memories as we would catch up on family, sports, and each other. Won’t be the same without you Bob, however you will not be forgotten, and your positive demeanor will live on with us all.

    Thoughts and prayers for Bob’s family.

    • Bob really looked forward to those lunches Mark! He loved you all. Thank you for the continued prayers!

  • Cheryl, I was saddened to read of your brother’s death. As we get older we find ourselves losing and missing more and more of our family. I hope you find comfort in your shared memories, and the knowledge of how many people love and care of you. In my prayers and thoughts, your friend deb Spriestersbach

  • My sympathy once again to you and families for the loss of your dear husband and loved one. May The Lord bring strength, comfort and peace as His Presence leads and directs in the days ahead.