Obituary for Ricky "Rick" Eckley
Ricky (Rick) Lea Eckley, age 49, Willard, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday February 25th 2018 in a Farming Accident on the Family Acreage.
Rick was born in Kansas City, Missouri June 15, 1968 to Lloyd Emmitt Eckley and Loraine (Barnett) Eckley.
Rick was a 1986 Graduate of Central High School, Springfield, Missouri.
He met his wife Regina in April 1992, they married September 28, 1996 they were blessed with two children.
They bought their first home in Willard, Missouri July of 1993. They lived there for 10 years and then they found a place in the country with acreage. This had been a dream of theirs for many years. They eventually bought cattle and have been enjoying them for the last 14 years.
Rick has also been an avid HOT ROD lover since he was young, something that he shared with his dad and brother. He has owned, worked on, played in & enjoyed cars his whole Adult life. His current love is a 1966 Nova Deuce.
Rick liked to work around the house and play on the 50 acres in his bobcat. He said it was his down time and didn’t feel like work.
Rick had numerous jobs over the course of his life, Including The Family Business; Center City Marine. He has been with Kraft Foods since 1990 until present day. He and Regina also own rental property and have learned a lot on how to do maintenance and upkeep. They have also met a variety of people in the last 11 years and have become close to a few select tenants. He also has a huge family at Kraft Heinz, this has become very apparent to his wife and kids in the past few days. Rick loved his neighbors and would do anything in his power to help them.
Rick loved his family with every fiber of his being! The past three months have been a joyous occasion daily with the birth of his first grandchild, Norah. She is the only thing that man would come straight home for, just to go cuddle with her and spend as much time as he possibly could get.
He was always proud of his kids, but Norah was a whole different kind of love and pride. It saddens us all to think of her growing up without him. I know Rick would expect all of his family and friends to come together to celebrate his life.
He was a jokester with a wonderful sense of humor, he loved to pull pranks, startle you etc…and he very rarely was seen without a smile.
He loved the Lord and was saved as a child. He was famous for telling people to HAVE FAITH!! On more than one occasion, Faith is what got him through trials.
He was the very best husband, dad, grandpa, son, brother and friend that you could ask for, and he will be missed fiercely.
He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Leo & Irene Eckley and Emory & Vonnie Barnett. His In laws, Elbert Lee & Kathy Blades. Uncles, aunts, cousins and one nephew.
He is Survived by his Wife, Regina (Parsons); daughter, Amanda (Eckley) Butler & husband Kevin & granddaughter Norah Kathryn Willard, Missouri; son, Dakota Eckley and Fiance’ Marisa Foster Springfield, Missouri; his Dad & Mom, Lloyd and Loraine Eckley Springfield, Missouri; sister, Debbie (Eckley) Hughes and Husband Jeff Morrisville, Missouri and their daughter, Lauren Hughes Morrisville, Missouri, son Cole Hughes & Wife Allye Eldorado, Missouri; brother, Terry Eckley and wife Vickie Springfield, Missouri and their son, Christian Eckley & daughter, Madison Eckley.
Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law, Sandra & Ruben Campbell Marshfield, Missouri, their daughter Lisa Everett & Husband Eric, Strafford, Missouri, and their children, Jessee, Logan, Shaleigh, Blake and Cole. Two Brother-in-laws, Gregory Brayfield Springfield, Missouri & Rickey Brayfield Sr. Marshfield, Missouri. Son, Rickey Brayfield Jr. & Wife April Verona, Missouri, and their children, Alexis, Brilee, Lillian, Baylee, Blair & Andrew. Son, Kevin Joe Yates & Daughter Luna Verona, Missouri. Numerous extended family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you contribute to granddaughter, Norah Kathryn Butlers college fund. We feel Rick would agree in the importance of this. Norah’s account is at; Ugift529.com and enter the Ugift code: B6T-W6X and follow prompts.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut Street, Springfield, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 am at Herman H. Lohmeyer Chapel.
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