Robert G. “Smitty” Rickhoff, age 83, of Breese, passed away Tuesday, August 11 at his residence. A Memorial Mass for 83 year old Robert G. “Smitty” Rickhoff will be Friday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic-St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested in the form of masses or to St. Augustine Catholic Church. The Breese American Legion will hold services at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born August 11, 1932 in Lookingglass Twp, IL to the late Henry and Frances, nee Luebke, Rickhoff.
Smitty was a Veteran of the United States Army, retired from the Jefferson-Smurfit Corp. in Highland, IL, and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese, IL, Breese American Legion Post 252, Carlyle VFW Post 3523, and the United Steelworkers Local 1215.
Surviving is his wife Lucille, nee Bergmann, Rickhoff, of Breese, IL, whom he married September 4, 1956 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers, IL; his daughters, Nancy Huelsmann and husband Dale and Marla Strieker and husband Curt all of Breese, IL; 3 grandchildren, Nicole Voss and husband Scott, Jason “Jay” Strieker and wife Brittany, and Courtney Strieker; 3 great-grandchildren, Maddie Voss, Tucker and Tinley Strieker; his siblings, Paul “Massey” Rickhoff and wife Betty of Bartelso, IL and Loretta “Tootie” Trame of Carlyle, IL; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ann Gehrs and husband Jim of Swansea, IL and Sally Bergmann of Alpharetta, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alfred “Bigfoot” Rickhoff; a sister, Bernice Loepker; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, August “Augie” Trame, Fronie Rickhoff, Vic Loepker, Ceil and Ferdie Thien, Adele and August Sundrup, Lawrence “Pete” Bergmann, Joseph “Fritz” and Ruth Bergmann.
Moss Funeral Home
535 North 5th
Breese, IL 62230