Richard “Rick” Warren Spickard, 73, of East Lansing formerly of Perry, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, November 18, 2019. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrice, Monsignor George C. Michalek will celebrate. The Spickard family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00pm with a time of sharing after. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to Mass at the church.
Rick was born in Hammond, Indiana on January 11, 1946 to the late Paul Ishmael and Irene Elizabeth (Carrigan) Spickard. He graduated from Highland High School in the class of 1964. He then went on to attend Indiana University and was awarded an athletic scholarship to play football and was on the 1968 Rose Bowl Team. He received a Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana University. While there he met the love of his life, Rose Marie Rizzo. On June 15, 1968 Rick married Rose Marie in Elkhart, Indiana and together they raised two children. Rick liked to hunt, fish and enjoyed the outdoors, especially when he was reeling in a bass on Star Lake, Minnesota or waiting in his deer blind at Hunt Camp in the U.P. He also had a great love for people and was always there with a joke, a smile and a story. However, Rick's biggest love was for his family! He found the greatest joy when surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Rick was also a man of great Faith. He was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus, and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.
Rick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rose, their children, Stacie (Tom) Capua of Midland, and Steve (Hanna) Spickard of White Lake, and their grandchildren; Zachary, Andrew, Reed, and Grace.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his two brothers; Dennis P. Spickard and Gene A. Spickard.
Memorial contributions in Rick’s name are suggested to the IU Foundation and will be put towards the Indiana Football Legacy Locker Campaign to honor the 1968 Rose Bowl Team or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.