Bobby Harold Ricks

Bobby Harold Ricks, beloved husband and father, passed from this life on April 19, 2024, at the age of 71. He was born on October 8, 1952, in Lufkin, Texas to parents, Leighton Emmett Ricks and Effie Lou (Johnson) Ricks.

Bobby and Karen (Susie) were married on March 16, 1973. They were married for 51 years and had two children, Robert and Jennifer. His kids and grandkids were his pride and joy. Many memories, adventures, and stories will be cherished and shared of all the fun-loving times had.

He started his career working in the foundry at Pump Arts after completing schooling at Dobie High School in 1971. He later changed careers to begin working for Powell Electric in 1991. Bobby loved working at Powell and made many strong and lasting friendships with a company that treated him like family. He was given many opportunities and was proud of his accomplishments. Bobby retired from Powell Electric in October 2018.

Bobby was a fun spirited soul who took on many passions. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and playing horseshoes. He loved sports, specifically football and baseball. He coached little league for many years. He was a mentor to those he coached and made an impact on many lives. Bobby was strong willed, but he also had an enormous heart and wonderful sense of humor. He was generous, loyal, and brave. He was clever and full to the brim with knowledge gained through all his life experiences. He will be remembered for all the heart he shared with his friends and family.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Karen Sue Ricks; son, Robert Dean Ricks and wife Lisa Ricks; daughter, Jennifer Leann (Ricks) Ratliff and partner David Cooley; brothers, Leighton (Ray) Ricks and wife Chari, Arthur Ricks, Lonnie Ricks and wife Sandra (Sandy); grandchildren, Drew Ratliff and Elizabeth Ricks, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

Bobby is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Misa Ricks.

In his honor, there will be a visitation, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2024, with funeral services scheduled for 10:00 AM, Thursday, April 25, at Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, 851 FM 517 Rd. W., Dickinson, Texas. Interment service will be 3:00 PM, Thursday, April 25, 2024, Gann Cemetery, 161 Gann Cemetery Rd., Pollok, TX.


  1. You are missed Bobby, thank you for returning the baseballs that Jace hit over the fence learning to hit and allowing him to fish for the “giant catfish” in your pond.

  2. Thank you Mr. RICKS for always being a great example of a loving father. I learned more from you than you know. Until we meet again. ♥️

    Jennifer Stirk
  3. Susie, sorry to heard about the passing of Bobby. 🙏🙏 and ❤for yhe family..

    Arthur Ricks Jr
  4. Bobby it was pleasure working with you at powell you were a great mentor to me and taught me alot in the 10 years i worked with you ill always remember you when i see a crane cause you loved to operate it outside till we meet again bobby

    My Sincere Condolences to The Ricks Family
    God Bless

    Armando Cruz
  5. Bobby and I had a love/hate relationship that revolved around the Dallas Cowboy’s and the Houston Texans. I remember making him a Dallas Cowboy quilt many years ago. Susie and Bobby were very good friends and I am sorry that I haven’t seen them in a while. Susie, Cowboy (Robert Ricks) and Jennifer I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss Bobby! I will pray for healing for you all.
    Debbie Spence

    Debbie Spence
  6. You were a good boss and a good friend. You helped me through a lot and I will never forget. You are a best friend to me and I thank you for everything you have done and continue to do. I enjoyed our hang out days sitting back and having a drink and just talk and mentor. I will always think about our fishing and hunting days (my burnt hamburgers) You will never be forgotten and I will always remember what you have taught me. Miss you boss man..

    Chris Pressley
  7. Will really miss your laugh my old friend. My condolences to the family.

    Gregory M Hill
  8. Bobby I will always love you forever. You were a good husband and father to Robert & Jennifer, and a good Pawpaw to our grandkids Drew & Lizzy. We had a lot of good and some bad times thru our 51 years of marriage, we grew up together.
    I will miss you so much and already do.
    Be at peace and no more pain. I love you!
    Your wife

    Karen (Susie)Ricks
  9. To my sister ❤️ I miss you and I love you all. If ever there was a good man Bobby was the definition of that , may he rest now in peace .I know that he loved his family
    We all will miss him .

    Bobbie Brisson
  10. Bobby was one of the good guys. Him and my brother Kenny were really good friends. Now they can swap their fishing and hunting stories once again. Lol I have this memory of Bobby playing softball and I was pitching to him. Omg. He hit it straight back to me and left every stitch of the softball on my leg! Ouch. There wasn’t many could hit it any harder than Bobby! Bobby loved to hunt as much as my brother did. Talk about some stories. Rest in peace my friend! Susie you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love ya.

    Nancy stwvens
  11. My condolences to the Ricks family

    Ovie Currie
  12. Dad,
    I don’t know that I can convey in words what my heart feels. I was so lucky to have you as a father. You were always there for us. You always worked your ass off to provide for us and make sure we could be in any sports, cheer or dance, that we wanted to be in. We didn’t have a lot growing up, but we had everything we needed and we had a home filled with love. I remember us going camping, hunting, fishing, being at the ballpark, watching sports, playing horseshoes, and sitting on the front lawn doing ‘neighborhood watch’. As I became an adult, I understood more the sacrifices made and what you and mom both did for us to make sure we had a great childhood. We became friends as we got older and had a whole other set of memories with playing poker, hanging out at the deer lease, evacuating for the hurricane, crawfish boils, bbq’n, and just spending time together. I will always cherish these memories. I love you, dad. I will miss you so much. Hell, I already do. Give papa and granny and big hug and kiss for me. Until we meet again.


    Jennifer Ratliff
  13. We will miss you Bobby. You and your family are
    so special to us. Healing Prayers to your family
    during this time.

    Nicky & Wanda Wilhelm
  14. Bobby you’re a great man and friend and one heck of a horse shoe player! Wish I could’ve caught with you and had a cold one! God Bless you sir!

    Cecil Hicks
  15. My most deepest and heartfelt condolences and prayers are extended to the family. May God’s Strength & Peace Be With You All…🙏🏿💪🏿🙏🏿

    I will always be grateful for the man Bob was to me at Powell. He was a great teacher and friend. He showed me a lot and trusted me enough to bring the best out of me here at Powell. Thanks again Ole friend. We’ll meet again one day to build some Heavenly PCRs…

    Rest Easy My Friend,

    Anthony Simmons
  16. My family condolences to the Ricks family

    sam chacko
  17. So sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. My sincere condolences to the Rick’s family. I met Bobby when I was 15 years old and what a kind and gentle man he was. So many years has passed by and when I heard he passed there was an immediate pain in my heart. To his family how lucky you were Susie to have him in your life as a husband for 51 years. And to his children how blessed you are to have him as your father. For the few years from when I met him at 15 years old and was a friend he was so kind and a fun person to be around. He will always have a special place in my heart. My prayers to you and your family. Love ❤️ Debbie

    Debbie Byler

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