Thomas Rickert

Obituary of Thomas Rickert

Thomas L. Rickert

Age 77. Of Morris passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at home following a 10 year courageous battle with multiple illnesses. Born in Milwaukee, WI May 14, 1939, on Mother's Day to the late Thomas Rickert of Milwaukee, WI and Lillian (nee Shelgren) Rubner of Ocala, FL. residing in Chicago, Romeoville and currently in Morris for the last 15 years. Thomas married Christine (nee Zakowski) Rickert on July 15, 1973. A U.S. Navy Veteran (1958-1962). He was employed with Western Electric in Cicero and retired from AT&T as an outdoor Technician in 1991. Thomas' hobbies included fishing, camping and spending time in his man cave, his Harley Davidson and Vespa.

Survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Christine; children, Kathleen (John) Drozd and Timothy Rickert; grandchildren, Vaughn (Laura) Drozd (JD) of Joliet, Jennifer (Matthew) Vogrig of Channahon, Brittnee Rickert of Joliet, Kyle Haberkorn of Joliet; brother, Walter Rickert; brothers- in-law and best friends, Alan (Laura) Zakowski of Worth, IL and Daniel Zakowski of Seneca, IL; nephews, Mark (Marlena) Zakowski, Jack and Luke Zakowski and Ryan Keane; nieces, Laura (Dan) Keane, Cheryl (Michael) Crowthers and Sara Zakowski.

Preceded by his parents; brothers, Carl and Donald Rickert both of Milwaukee, WI.

Special thanks to all who kept Tom going for the past 10 years, Dr. Gandhi, Dr. Cho, Dr. Burhani, Dr. Ramadurai, Dr. Almussady, Dr. Danielson and Dr. Hershonsky and Presence St. Joseph Medical Center and all of their staff and Angel's Grace Hospice.

A prayer service for Thomas L. Rickert will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 W. Route 6 (at Deerpath Drive) Morris. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood with full military honors at a later date. Visitation Saturday 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m. For information (815) 942-5040 or visit his Memorial Tribute page at