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Richard Paul "Ricky" Rider, 42, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, from injuries he received after a motor vehicle accident on I-94 near Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Ricky was born Jan. 26, 1976, in Goshen, to Richard W. Rider and Katrina L. (Thacker) Torres.
Surviving are his father, Richard W. (Jeri) Rider; mother, Katrina (Victor) Torres; three sons, Ricky Valentino Lichti, Nicholas Dean Thacker and Davin Paul Rider; four brothers, Victor (Estela) Torres, Austyn Torres, Brandon (Angelica) Torres, Shawn Haley; and his sister, Kandace Torres.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, H. Richard and Jenny Rider and Paul and Lucille Thacker.
Ricky was an over-the-road truck driver and was employed at Sweetland Transport Inc. of Oxford, Michigan, at the time of the accident.
He grew up in the Goshen and Bristol area. Ricky enjoyed soccer and had traveled much of the country. But most important to him was spending time with his family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m., with visitation with his family beginning at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 1108 S. Main St. Elkhart. The Reverend Matthew Coonan will officiate. Cremation was chosen and will follow the Mass.
The family kindly requests memorial donations to Dogtown Resort, 11925 C.R. 10, Middlebury, IN 46540.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Billings Funeral Home, Elkhart. To share a condolence with Ricky's family, visit www.billingsfuneralhome.com
Published on February 12, 2018
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