Greatgrandpa Ray "Pop" Rickert, February 2, 1975
Born June 21, 1894 in Chicago (the 4th of six children) to Charles Rickert and Alice Mertz. Died in 1987 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Pop attended Metropolitan Business School in Chicago and for most of his career was an accountant and sales manager for International Harvester Company, but also worked as a bookkeeper for Graver Tank Works and as a milk truck driver for the Borden Company. His main place of residence was Chicago, but he also lived in Columbia, South Caroline, Baltimore, Maryland, Flint and Saginaw, Michigan, and finally Fort Collins, Colorado. With Laurie Francis Lydia Gould, he had three children: Kathleen, Lawrence and Ruth Ann (Bonnie's mom). During the latter part of his life, he lived in a high rise in Hyde Park, Chicago, until he went to live with his son and daughter-in-law (Larry and Win) in Fort Collins before he entered a nursing home and died at age 93.
Pop's maternal and paternal ancestors came to the U.S. from Germany prior to the Revolutionary War, settling in Pennsylvania -- the Mertz family in Allentown and the Rickert family in Pottstown. In a letter Pop said, "Both families migrated by canvass wagon trains in 1836 and homesteaded about 25 miles west of Chicago. After settling in Illinois, Grandpa Mertz became very friendly with Chief Blackhawk. Grandpa's given name was Solomon, his second wife's name was Salome (my Grandma) 25 yrs younger than her husband. The offspring from above totaled 21 - and two were killed in the Civil War. Actually Grandpa Mertz was the only ancestor who really intrigued me. He was highly successful in farming and business - and left all 21 heirs a sizable estate."