A 1961 graduate of Freeport High School, Rick proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War before returning home to a career as a welder for the local railroad industry. As a loyal friend and patriot, he was traveling to the opening ceremony of the local exhibition of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at the time of his death. Rick was a member of Hopedale American Legion Post #682 where he served as the Chaplain, the American Legion Riders Ohio Chapter of which he was a founding member and Director, the Military Society of the 40 & 8, the Uhrichsville Eagles, ABATE of Ohio: Region 1, and the treasurer for the Harrison County Council.
Rick is survived by a son, Troy D. (Jennifer) Poole of Dover; grandsons, Trevor and Travis Poole of Dover; sister, Cecelia Krocker of New Philadelphia; sister-in-law, Sharon Brown; aunts, Bonnie Steiner, Sandra (Ray) Barcus, Pearl Barcus and Marcie Barcus; uncle, James (Vickie) Barcus; Riley Devore of Dennison who was like a granddaughter to him; and many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. His extended family of Roger Smally; Dion and Bri DiBacco; Dirk Harkins; the Hopedale American Legion; and the Legion Riders will continue the tradition of service to God and Country that was a foundation of his life. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma (Muth) Brown; a brother, Amos “Skip” Brown; and brother-in-law, Dave Krocker.
In keeping with Rick’s wishes, he has been cremated. His family will receive callers on Saturday, September 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Immediately following calling hours, those in attendance will proceed to the Hopedale American Legion Post #682, located at 48225 Rabbit Road in Hopedale, where military honors will be presented followed by a celebration of his life. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to: Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or the Legacy Scholarship of the American Legion Riders, Legion Riders Ohio Chapter, 48225 Rabbit Road, Hopedale, OH 43976, in lieu of flowers.
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc.