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In Memory of

Harold Ricketts

January 25, 1925 - March 11, 2017

Obituary


Harold Ricketts, 92 of Rockford, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Harold was born Jan. 25, 1925, to Robert and Anna Ricketts of New Harmony, IN. He grew up and attended Savah School in New Harmony. He later moved to Rockford for work in the factories. In the 1950s, he began working for Haties Heater as a spot welder. There, he met and frequently teased his future wife, Twylah Mae LaFlash. After some convincing, Twylah agreed to go on a date. Harold was so taken with...

Harold Ricketts, 92 of Rockford, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Harold was born Jan. 25, 1925, to Robert and Anna Ricketts of New Harmony, IN. He grew up and attended Savah School in New Harmony. He later moved to Rockford for work in the factories. In the 1950s, he began working for Haties Heater as a spot welder. There, he met and frequently teased his future wife, Twylah Mae LaFlash. After some convincing, Twylah agreed to go on a date. Harold was so taken with Twylah, he proposed on their second date. She said "yes," and the two were wed on Dec. 11, 1953. Later, Harold went to work for Commercial Wire. In 1976, Angioid Streaks caused him to lose his sight. Harold was determined to continue working to support his family. He secured a job with The Center for the Blind and retired in 2002, Harold loved Westerns, especially those starring John Wayne. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed the comical stylings of Red Skelton, 1970 sit-coms such as "Alf," "All in the Family," "Sanford & Son," "Ma & Pa Kettle," "Green Acres," "Andy Griffith" and many others. Harold also enjoyed gardening and the rewards of a rich yield.

Survived by wife of 63 years, Twylah Mae; daughters, Elizabeth "Libby" Early and Crystal "Chris" Huber; granddaughters, Hayley (Rex) Worley and Natasha
"Tasha" Early; grandson, Nathan Huber; four great-grandsons, Austin, Kolton, Jace and Bryce Worley; great-granddaughter, Emmagyn Buchanan; other extended family members. Harold is predeceased by parents; brothers, Jesse (Alice), Earl, Floyd (Dorthey) and Edgar (Dorthey) Ricketts; sisters, Gladys (George) McKinney and Ora "Orie" Deloris (Albert) Perdue; and son-in-law, Brian Huber.
Harold "Dad," "Grandpa," "Papa," "Uncle," "Cousin," "Friend," for those who knew and loved him, he will be greatly missed. Our time with him will be deeply treasured forever. May he now dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne.