My Dad Thomas Lee Ricksecker of Tucson died unexpectedly on May 5, 2021. Although Dad did have some health issues his loss was completely unexpected and it has been deeply saddening to us his family as well as to his friends. Dad was born on January 21, 1943 in Findlay Ohio to John M. Ricksecker and Gladys (Finerd) Ricksecker. Due to Dads asthma his family packed up and to moved to Tucson in 1952 where he attended Rincon High School graduating in 1961, in September of the same year he and my mother Karen Sue (Neitzelt) Ricksecker were married and were together for 48 years until Moms passing in 2009. Dad started his career with the Standard Brands Paint Company and as such he and Mom lived in Phoenix for a short time, while there were able to welcome me their son into their lives in 1970. Dad & Mom moved back to Tucson and shortly thereafter Dad started with the Dunn-Edwards Paint Corporation in 1976 where he would spend the next 17 years in varying management roles, in 1993 Dad was offered a corporate position at the company's headquarters in Los Angeles, CA so He & Mom moved to Mission Viejo, CA where he would finish his career retiring as the Director of Store Operations in 2002. Dad was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman all of his life but became especially fond of fishing during his retired years when he and my Uncle Rick (Dad's big brother John E. Ricksecker) would take their weekly summer Patagonia Lake trips to fish for Flathead Catfish. Dad loved being a great grandpa and he would always talk about how he wished my Mom were still around to enjoy the gift of their great grandkids. Maybe unbeknownst to some was my Dads faith which grew and progressed while he attended Tucson Community Church and then later Vision Church, as much as it pains me in the way Dad so suddenly left this world, I am reminded as well as humbled by the words of James in Chapter 4 verse 14; "yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away.". But with that I have great solace in the fact that Dad accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 2012 and as the Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 8; "to be absent from the body is to be present with Lord.". So Pop, its just until we meet again. I'll be forever grateful that he was my Dad and for the advice, character, and life lessons he instilled in me. Dad will be sorely missed by all his family and friends more than words can say and I am already longing to hear his familiar "hey dude!" when he would call, answer the door, or the phone. Contributions in memory of Tom Ricksecker can be made to the Gospel Rescue Mission (https://grmtucson.com/) and I would invite everyone who knew him to share their thoughts and memories on this online memorial as there will only be a private gathering of family in a celebration of life for my Dad.