Robert G. “Smitty” Rickhoff

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  • Visitation Dates and Times

    Thursday, August 13, 2015 4:00-8:00 p.m.
    ~ Breese American Legion Services 7:00 p.m.~
    Friday, August 14, 2015 9:00-9:45 a.m.

  • Visitation Location
    Moss Funeral Home, Breese
  • Service Date
    Friday, August 14, 2015
  • Service Time
    10:00 a.m.
  • Service Location
    St. Augustine Catholic Church, Breese
  • Full Obituary

    Robert G. "Smitty" Rickhoff, age 83 of Breese, IL, born August 11, 1932 in Lookingglass Twp, IL to the late Henry and Frances, nee Luebke, Rickhoff, died Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at his residence.

    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 "Lou", 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.

    A Memorial Mass will be Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese, IL with Fr. Chuck Tuttle officiating. Interment will follow in St. Dominic~St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese, IL.

    Visitation will held Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and again on Friday, August 14, 2015 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese, IL.

    Memorials can be made in the form of Masses or to St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese and will be received at the funeral home.

    The Breese American Legion will hold services at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

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