Richard J. Ficke

Richard J. Ficke

June 16, 1939 – December 3, 2021

Richard Joseph Ficke was preceded in death by parents, Bernard and Martha Ficke; son, Douglas Ficke; sister, Patricia Duffy; and sister-in-law, Judy Ficke.  He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Patricia Ficke; his children: JoAnn Johnston (David), Debbie Klavins (partner Jesse Stapleton), David Ficke (Jackie), Laura Stamps, Cathy Yost (Mike), and James Ficke; sisters, Carol Wieseler (Richard) and Rita Pecha (Frank); and brother Allen Ficke.  Richard was blessed with 24 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews, along with a host of other family and friends.

Family will receive friends on Monday, December 6th from 5pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, December 7th at 10:30am, St. John Vianney Catholic Church.  Interment: Resurrection Cemetery with Military Honors.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

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            Richard Joseph Ficke, 82, passed away on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Bergan Mercy Hospital. Richard was born on June 16th, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska to Bernard and Martha Ficke. He attended St. Cecilia elementary and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1957. Richard chose to enlist in the military after graduation. He met Patricia Bukowski from Harvey, Illinois on a blind date and in true gentlemanly fashion, he swept her off her feet on their date to the Science Industry Museum. Richard and Patricia married on June 25, 1960, and moved back to Omaha, Nebraska where they were blessed with seven children.

            After being honorably discharged from military service, Richard pursued a career as a lineman, which led him to becoming an accomplished electrician. It was not long before Richard decided he wanted to start his own electrical company so in 1978, he did just that. As the owner of Oak Hills Electric Company, Richard worked hard and built his reputation through the quality of his work but he was so much more than a business owner. Richard was a religious man who was active in his church, St John Vianney, a member of the Knights of Columbus and was generous with his time and talents throughout the years as a parishioner. Richard was also a member of the American Legion and had an abundance of hobbies, most that centered around being with family and outside. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and camping. He thrived on being around others and often met up with friends he graduated with from Cathedral High School.

            Richard lived a life full of love, laughter and faith. He loved his family, cherished his friends and was always willing to help those that needed it. He had a personality and laugh that brightened a room. He was one of a kind and will be so very missed by all that knew him.



  • Pamela Sondag Posted December 3, 2021 6:15 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Pay and family. Dick will be really missed!

  • Jerry and Arliss Posted December 4, 2021 1:12 am

    We are still in shock over Dicks passing. Camping just won’t be the same without him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mianne Tripp, RN Posted December 4, 2021 1:00 pm

    So sorry to learn of Richard’s passing. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Carol Helgenberger Luedtke Posted December 6, 2021 10:46 am

    I am so very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing and my thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. I went to school with Dick and graduated with him from Cathedral. He was truly a fine gentleman.

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