Dean E. Rickard, age 61, of Linden, died on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison following a brief illness.
Dean was born on March 30, 1956 in Dodgeville to Robert and Kathleen (Bennett) Rickard. Following High School at Iowa-Grant, Dean joined his father, Bob at Rickard Well Drilling. Dean married Wendy Zimmerman on June 14, 1974. In 1978, Dean purchased equipment from his father and started Dean Rickard Well Drilling. He sold the company to Sam’s Well Drilling in 1998 and worked for them until his death. In his spare time, Dean enjoyed building models of Well Drilling Rigs and collecting Toy Construction Equipment. His greatest joy was time spent with family and friends, especially summers by the swimming pool.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Jeffrey and his in-laws, Paul and Naomia Zimmerman.
Dean is survived by his wife, Wendy of Linden; two children, Jason (Rejona) of Linden and Kimberly Geisking and her fiancé Rob Kosharek of Linden; three grandchildren, Tyler (Allison Gundlach) Geisking and Callie and Carter Rickard; two sisters-in-law, Suanne (Larry) Didion and Paula (Will) Rule; two brothers-in-law, Kevin (Colleen) Zimmerman and Randy Zimmerman; two nephews, Chris (Dana) Rickard and Matt Rickard as well as many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville. Pastor Gerhardt Miller will officiate with burial in the Linden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Saturday and again on Sunday after 12:00 Noon.