Thomas A. Ricker

September 10, 1950 ‒ July 27, 2020

Galion, Ohio

Thomas A. “Tom” Ricker, 69, of Galion went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 27, 2020 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

He was born September 10, 1950 in Bucyrus and was the son of Howard L. and Mary “Margaret” (McKenzie) Ricker. On February 14, 1972 he married Phyllis I. (Mann) Ricker and she preceded him in death on February 25, 2015.

He graduated from Galion High School in 1968 and attended Ashland University, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Tom worked at Kroger for many years. He was formerly an active member of Grace Brethren Church in Galion where he was a trustee, usher and Sunday school teacher. After moving to Mansfield he became a member of Cornerstone Grace Brethren in Mansfield. Tom enjoyed fishing on his pontoon boat at Clear Fork Reservoir, woodworking and spending time with the family on the “Ricker Farm.”

He is survived by his children, Thomas (Janelle) Ricker of Indianapolis, Indiana, Christine (Rich) Guins of Galion and Ben (Erin) Ricker of Mansfield; six grandchildren, Kearsten (Jack) Byerley, Megan Kostelnik, Matthew Kostelnik, Caleb, Natalie and Mackenzie Ricker; brother William H. (Sandy) Ricker of Tucson, Arizona; sister-in-law, Jayne Barrie of Coronado, Calif. and aunt Ruth Ritchey of Galion.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother Robert M. Ricker.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday July 30, 2020 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 with his son, Pastor Thomas Ricker officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Galion Weekday Religious Education Council in care of the funeral home.

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

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  • I’ve been very careful about getting out into public. Not sure what I will do, but we’ll be praying. It was such a shock to Jill and to me.

  • We are so sorry to hear about Tom’s death. He was always so friendly when we saw him. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Lord. Thinking of all of the family.

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May he Rest In Peace and his memories always be with you. Barb and Bob Keyes.

  • So sorry to hear of your father passing! May he rest in the arms of Jesus! To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! We are praying for you and your family!

    Nathan Blunk

  • Dear Ricker Family,
    Thinking of you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers to all.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Jim & Rhonda Young

  • I am so sorry to all of you to hear of your dad passing away. Wish I could make it to the service . Of course I loved your dad. I remember him keeping me and Ben on task during church services when we would whisper or get distracted by baseball cards.:) And I also remember him teaching me how to run the sound system. Thinking and praying for you all .

  • I have so many fond memories of Tom at Camp Albryoca and his big truck! He loved to do skits for the kids. Such a kind heart and I feel blessed that I grew up knowing good people like Tom and Phyllis! Thinking of the family right now as you remember and celebrate his impactful life.

  • We knew Tom and Phyllis for many years and enjoyed their company. It was great to know a Christian family. God bless and comfort you at this time.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. God’s peace surround you.

  • Dear Tom, Christine, Ben and families,

    We were so saddened to hear of your father and grandfather’s passing. We cannot be with you physically today but we are all with you in thought and spirit. We will keep you and your families close to our heart during these trying times.

    With love,
    Aunt Ruth Ritchey and families

  • We are so sorry and are sending much sympathay to all the Ricker families. We love you all. May you stand with God and his angels as you go through the days ahead. Love, Jennifer and Monte fried.

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