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Harry C. Rickard

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 10th, 2014

RICKARD—Harry C. Rickard, 80, of Florence, passed away Feb. 8, 2014.

His life will be celebrated June 21, at 3105 Munsel Lake Road, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Harry was born May 5, 1934, in Hot Springs, S.D., to Louis and May Rickard.

Harry is survived by his wife, Nancy; their three children and their spouses; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson; and a sister, Lois.

Harry served in the U.S. Army as a mechanic and air rescue. He graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City in 1961, as a civil engineer, taking a job with the U.S. Forest Service.

Harry’s job took him to Missoula, Mont., and McCall, Idaho, where he designed and built a bridge, as well as Carson City, Nev., where he helped build a Job Corps Camp; Reno, Nev.; Price, Utah; Oakridge, Ore., before finally transferring in 1978 to the Mapleton Ranger District as forest engineer.

In Mapleton, Harry was part of a team working with Foglio Trucking, using low-inflated tires on logging roads. He was on a national fire-fighting team in charge of the camp logistics and he was on the design team for the Sweet Creek Falls Trail.

Harry worked briefly for the Port of Siuslaw as engineer on the ramp and parking lot paving jobs. He got a contractor’s license and worked several years on small building projects.

Harry was a member of the Florence Elks and a charter member of the Florence United Methodist Church.

Any contributions in his name can be made to help put new windows in the church social hall that serves the Free Lunch Program.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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