Born 5-24-1926 -- Died 4-30-2008
Wayne Franklin Ricketts was born the son of Waymon Ricketts and Lola Elliott Ricketts on May 24, 1926, at Couch, Mo., and died April 30, 2008, in Kansas City, Mo., at the age of 81.
He was united in marriage on June 26, 1948, in Thayer, Mo., to Helen Jo Cornelius.
He was a veteran serving his country in the Philippines during World War II.
He graduated from the University of Missouri Law School in 1951 and had a private law practice in Kansas City, Mo., for many years. He owned and managed rental property in the Kansas City area until his death.
He was of the Baptist Faith.
He is survived by: his wife of 59 years, Helen Jo Ricketts of the home in Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Ann Keeton and husband, Bruce of Belton, Mo.; one son, Tom Ricketts of Thayer, Mo.; four grandchildren, Mike Keeton and wife, Marla of Liberty, Mo., Greg Keeton and special friend, Holly Cable of Belton, Mo., Heather Ricketts and Tom Ricketts, both of Thayer, Mo.; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Zoe Comer and husband, Ron of Gladstone, Mo.; and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents and one brother, George Ricketts.
Funeral services were held on May 6 in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Mo., with Rev. Gerald Bounds officiating.
Burial followed in the Thayer Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.