Born 3-24-1921 -- Died 7-13-2005
Herbert "Papa" Attrill Ryckman, 84, of Williford, Ark., died July 13, 2005, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Formerly a resident of Osceola, Ark., he moved to the Williford area five years ago.
Ryckman was born March 24, 1921, in Vallejo, Calif., to Harry George Attrill Ryckman and Signe Elvira Larson. He was united in marriage to Helen Kriss on Feb. 11, 1944, while on duty with the United States Navy in Cleveland, Ohio. Helen preceded him in death in 1986 after 42 years of marriage.
Herbert joined the United States Navy in 1938 at the age of 17. He proudly served his country during World War II as a chief motor machinists mate aboard the USS Whippoorwill, a minesweeper in the South Pacific. For his service he received the American Area Ribbon, the Victory Ribbon American Defense with one star, and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with one star, the Philippine Defense Ribbon with one star, and a Good Conduct Medal. After his discharge in 1946, he was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Ryckman went to work for American Greetings Corpora-tion in 1949 as a mechanic and in 1961 was transferred with his family to Osceola as Mainten-ance Manager of the new plant being built there. He was well loved by his employees and on retirement in 1987 after 38 years of service received a rod, reel and fully stocked tackle box. He was an avid fisherman all his life and moved to the Spring River area to be closer to the lakes and rivers he loved.
He is surived by two daughters -- Penelope Hadley of Williford, Ark., and Priscilla Nichols of Miami, Fla., one son, Eric Ryckman of Ash Flat, Ark, five grandchildren -- Christopher Hadley of Bartlett, Tenn., Amanda Ryckman Ervin of Maumelle, Ark., Audrey Nichols Jones of Cordova, Tenn., FC2 Brandon Ryckman USN of San Diego, Calif., and Rebecca Ryckman of Osceola, Ark., four great-grandchildren -- Alexis Hecker, Elizabeth Hadley, Griffin Ryckman and Katherine Ervin; four step-grandhcildren and six step-great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and other loved ones and many friends.
A memorial service was held July 23 at Community of Christ Church in Cherokee Village. Urn placement will be in Memphis, Tenn., at Forest Hill East next to his beloved wife.
Remembrances may be made to Community of Christ Church in Cherokee Village.