Harlan John Rickers was born on June 27, 1958 to Irvin and Matilda (Meints) Rickers at the Lutheran Hospital in Beatrice. He lived with his parents on the family Dairy Farm south of Wymore during his childhood and remained living on the same farm his entire life. He was a 1976 graduate of Southern Public Schools and attended SCC on a part-time basis and took many accounting courses which would impact him the rest of his life. On April 8, 1989, he was united in marriage to Raeshelle J. Forney at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury. This union was blessed with two children, Curtis James in 1990 and Angela Jo in 1992.
Along with being active with the dairy farm, Harlan was often times called the Wymore Area Bookkeeper because of all the bookkeeping he did for various businesses in the Wymore community including, the Wymore American Legion, Wymore Country Club, the Wymore Housing Authority Executive Director for Hilltop Lodge and the Wymore Lumber Company. He was also very active in serving the Southern Public Schools as a Board of Education Member and served as on the Southern Public Schools Foundation's Board of Directors and was also an active member of the Southern High School Music Boosters. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church where he was a choir director and Luther League Sponsor. He also sang with the Zion Lutheran Church's Men's Choir and Zion's Praise Team at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Pickrell. Harlan was an extremely dedicated husband to his late wife, Raeshelle, and a loving and faithful father to his two children, attending all their sporting and music events.
On May 15, 2019, Harlan was called home to his heavenly rest at the age of 60.
Left to mourn his passing are his children, Curtis James Rickers of Wymore; Angie Jo Blecha and husband, Tim of Tecumseh; granddaughter, Emmalynn Raeshelle of Tecumseh; brother Gene H. Rickers of Wymore; mother-in-law, Shirley Forney of Fairbury; sisters-in-law, Janelle Whitehead and husband Steve of Holmesville; Carrie Haake and husband Lawrence of Plymouth; niece, Niticia Haake of Topeka, KS; and nephews, L.J. Haake of Omaha and Tyler Haake of Beatrice; cousins, Yvonne Meints of Indianapolis, IN and Kay Meints and family of East Lansing, MI. He is also survived by best friend, Ernie Hroch and wife Renee of Diller and other extremely close friends, Jim & Ellen Zvolanek, Loren & Maxine Trauernicht, and Scott & Danielle Trauernicht and their families; and a host of extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Raeshelle, on March 21, 2015; parents; grandparents; infant brother, Eldon Rickers; father-in-law, Raymond Forney; and several aunts and uncles and cousin, Vernon Meints.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wymore with Reverend Suzanne How and Reverend Jerry Gilbreath officiating. Burial will be at the Our Savior's (St. John) Cemetery, R. Barneston. The body will lie in state Monday from 10 AM to 9 PM at the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home in Wymore with family greeting relatives and friends from 6-8 PM, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. A memorial has been established to the church as well as the Southern High School Music Boosters, and Our Savior's Cemetery with Loren and Maxine Trauernicht and Shirley Martin in charge. Sign Harlan's online register book and view his full obituary and video tribute at www.ghchapel.com. These services have been entrusted to the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home in Wymore.