Robert James “Jim” Rickabaugh, Sr., age 80, of Knoxville passed away Thursday morning, May 1, 2014, at the West Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Jim was born Oct. 10, 1933, in rural Flagler, the son of Theodore Earl and Rosa Mae (Karr) Rickabaugh.
Jim served in the United States Navy from March of 1956 to November of 1957. He served on the USS Valley Forge. After his service Jim was a coal miner for many years. He retired from the Lovilia Coal Company and went to work for the Veterans Administration in the EMS Services Department. He retired in 2013.
Jim enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Teresa Engstrom; two brothers and their wives, Vernon and Dorothy Rickabaugh and Harold and Betty Rickabaugh; two brother-in-laws, Harlan Miller and Bob Rigel; and two nephews, Ronnie and Jace Rickabaugh.
Jim is survived by his wife, Linda Mae Rickabaugh; his children, Vicky (Octaviano) Engstrom-Trujillo, Lucinda (Ron) Ammons, Robert “Jim” Rickabaugh, Jr., and Leticia Hutchison all of Knoxville; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. Jim is also survived by his brother, Warren (JoAnn) Rickabaugh of Texas; and four sisters, Betty Miller of Knoxville, Beverly Rigel of Des Moines, Sheryl (Jerry) Kersey of Harvey, and Vicki (Butch) Barrious of Lousiana.
A celebration of life for Jim will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the V.F.W. of Knoxville. Jim’s family will be greeting friends from noon to 2 p.m. A private family burial will be held at the Ridlen Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com. The Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville is helping Jim’s family with arrangements.