In Memory of Dr. Edward Rickman

We honor the memory of one of Vennard College's presidents -- Dr. Edward Rickman. He passed on September 28. Our prayers are with Martha Rickman, and all of Ed's family.

The Alumni Association will make a memorial donation, in appreciation for Dr. Rickman's many years of service to our college -- as Board Member and as college President.

  Rickman W. EDWARD RICKMAN W. Edward Rickman, age 72, of Aurora, Missouri, passed away at 9:01 a.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Aurora.

He was born August 22, 1940 in Aurora, Missouri, the son of Wilburn Lloyd and Mary Josephine (Hubbard) Rickman. Ed grew up in Marionville and graduated from Marionville High School. He graduated from Vennard Bible College in University Park, Iowa in 1968 and obtained his Masters Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1974. On December 8, 1973 he married Martha Williams in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was predeceased by his first wife, Deanna (Schneider).

Ed was a carpenter by trade, working with his father before entering full-time Christian service. He did missionary work in Alaska, pastored, was Vice President of World Gospel Mission, Stewardship Director for the Brethren In Christ Church, President of Vennard Bible College, was Vice President of Development for Wesley Biblical Seminary in Mississippi and most recently pastored the Aurora Church of the Nazarene.

He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 40 years, Martha; four children, Teresa (Terry) Gilmore, Chuck (Maria) Rickman all of Wainfleet, Ontario Canada, Chris (Amy) Rickman of Newport, Vermont, Tana (Shane) Chellis of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; two sisters, Naomi (Dwayne) Hulett of Aurora, Carolyn (Harold) Jackson of Collins, Mississippi; eleven grandchildren, Dan Gilmore, David (Carissa) Gilmore, Brad (Nicole) Rickman, Brent (Keilah) Rickman, and Blake Rickman, Camden, Emmerson, Ainsley, Josiah, Zander and Charis Chellis; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held October 1, 2012, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial at Maple Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wainfleet Brethren In Christ Church, Nicaragua Project, in care of the funeral home.