William Jeffrey "Jeff" Rickert

Nov 23, 2018
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Memorial Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019 at First Congregational United Church of Christ.


Family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time.


may be directed to First Congregational United Church of Christ, Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross or Manor Care.


William Jeffrey “Jeff” Rickert, 69, of Waterloo, died, Friday, November 23, 2018 at Manor Care after a lengthy illness. He was born December 28, 1948 in Ames the son of William J. “Bill” and May S. Lord Rickert.  He was a 1967 graduate of Waterloo West High School and attended Luther, ISU and UNI.

Jeff married Vicki Mears, they were later divorced.  He married Bonnie Hesse on December 6, 1980 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.

He worked as a Time Keeper for John Deere Co. for 10 years, retiring in 1983.

He was a member of First Congregational Church of Christ in Waterloo where he was on several church boards and committees and served as deacon and usher. He was active with Boy Scouts of America, assistant leader of Troop #17 for 10 years, Round Table Commissioner, earned his Eagle Scout rank, active with the Black Hawk Democratic Party,an avid Bridge player and director of RDI.  He was an Iowa State Superfan, a published poet, enjoyed fishing, golfing and traveled to 38 states.

Survived by: his wife, Bonnie Rickert of Waterloo; two sons, Stewart Rickert of Waterloo, Brian Pecka of Orlando, Florida; two daughters, Courtney (Tom) Rickert-McCaffrey of Washington D.C., Christina Pecka of Orlando, Florida; six grandchildren, Jonathan Rodriguez of Summerville, South Carolina, Chase Fanchette of Gainesville, Florida, Ryan Rodriguez of Pebble Beach, South Carolina, Addison and Peyton Brooke of Altamonte Springs, Florida, Greta McCaffrey of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Bruce (Luann) Rickert of Naples, Florida and one sister, Sara (Stan) Faust of River Forest, Illinois.

Preceded in death by: his parents; one daughter, Anne Brooke and one brother, David Rickert.

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  1. Robyn | Dec 30, 2018
    Sorry for your loss. May all have comfort from knowing that one day sickness and death will be gone forever (Rev. 21:4)
  2. Tim and Jill Marshall | Dec 03, 2018
    Bruce, sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. We would like to pass along our prayers to you, your family, and Jeff's family. May god be with you always.
  3. Sherry Candee | Nov 26, 2018

    Bonnie and kids,

    We were so sorry to learn of Jeff's death.  May you be a comfort to one another in the months ahead.  We have many fond memories of our times together in the neighborhood.

  4. Sandy (Moore) Gowdy | Nov 26, 2018
    Fond memories of the Rickert brothers growing up at First Congrgational Church.  Jeff always had a smile on his face, a glint in his eye (which I can still see in the photograph) and often a scheme up his sleeve.  As the church prepares for the Chrisrmas season, I will never forget a late '60s Christmas pagent with one of the three kings walking down the aisle with an un-kingly smile on his face and singing made-up lyrics.  Thanks, Jeff, for making those years so memorable for me.  My sympathies to Jeff's family.  
  5. Maria St. John | Nov 25, 2018
    our DEEPEST sympathy on your loss. Jeff was a great guy who will be missed. Many great memories of West High and your holiday parties. Love from the St. John family, Tim, Maria, Ash and Adam 
  6. Janet and John Zeien | Nov 25, 2018
    I keep you and your family in my heart Bonnie.

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