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Mike Ricchio
April 4, 1951 - February 20, 2017

Michael Curtis Ricchio, 65, of Oelwein passed away on Monday February 20, 2017 at his home.  Public visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday February 23, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Services will be private.  A memorial fund has been established.

Mike was born in Racine, WI on April 4, 1951 to parents Alex and Arlene (Blurton) Ricchio.  He graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1971.  Mike then served his country honorably in the United States Army in Vietnam.  On October 7, 1975 he was united in marriage with Terry Hauptmeier in Oelwein.  They later divorced.  On June 8, 1996 he was united in marriage with Mary Lou (Faust) Eikenberry in Oelwein.  Mike was an electrician, retiring from Ken’s Electric in 2016.

Mike loved being out in his garage tinkering with his model trains and antique radios.  He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Green Bay Packers and NASCAR fan.  He was especially a Chicago Cubs fan.  Mike always had a smile on his face, and a joke in his pocket.

Left to celebrate Mike’s life are his wife Mary Lou; his children: Jesse (Jaci) Ricchio of Norfolk, NE, Dennis (Cassie) Eikenberry of Oelwein, Brian (Jasmina) Eikenberry of Ankeny and Beth (Brett) Belden of Oelwein; his grandchildren: Jackson, Anderson and Madison Ricchio, Courtney and DJ Silvestri, Brielle Belden, Benjamin, Leila Eikenberry and one on the way; his great-granddaughter Kinley Silvestri;  his brothers: Tom Ricchio of Oelwein, Alex Ricchio of Oelwein and Andy (Rose) Ricchio of WY; his sisters: Sharon (Dave) Morris of Oelwein, Alice (Bob) Benter of Oelwein, Mary (Terry) Bruns of Early, Cindy Stowe of Hazleton and Barb (Norm) Stenzel of Lansing, WI.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister in infancy, Patricia. 


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Cindy Ricchio Stowe on March 2, 2017 at 5:22 PM said:

I miss you already,keep mom and dad laughing ok,I love you
Mikey(just had to say that,,,,,:).
dominc pirillo on February 25, 2017 at 6:46 AM said:

ill miss you bud
Alice Ricchio Benter on February 24, 2017 at 8:48 AM said:

You were the best, told me to keep on smiling and stay positive. I will shine on for you!!! Love you Mike!
John and Patti Clark on February 24, 2017 at 6:32 AM said:

So very sorry for your loss! He was a great guy! Thinking of you all in sympathy.
Bobby Shea on February 23, 2017 at 6:37 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers Mary Lou and family during this difficult time
Roger Carson on February 23, 2017 at 6:04 PM said:

Such a nice man, always a smile.
corey faist on February 23, 2017 at 5:08 PM said:

Uncle Mike you will be missed lots of great memory's always with a joke and a great smile love you
corey faist on February 23, 2017 at 5:07 PM said:

Uncle Mike you will be missed lots of great memory's always with a joke and a great smile love you
Mary & Terry Bruns on February 23, 2017 at 2:55 PM said:

so happy I got to see u Saturday ,the blizzard is keeping me away from u today but nothing will ever take away the memories and the laughter,Dad has his bass player love u to heaven and forever,u are and one of nicest people ever and the best brother a sister could have.u will keep them in laughter in heaven.
Clint Faist on February 23, 2017 at 2:42 PM said:

Rest in peace Uncle Mike. You taught me alot and i always enjoyed being around you and your great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Jesse.
curt faist on February 23, 2017 at 2:25 PM said:

God bless family. Love you uncle mike may god take you as a angel to watch over everyone. Prayers to family.
Larry. Werner on February 23, 2017 at 1:01 PM said:

To Mike's family, my very deepest sympathy. I worked with Mike at Donaldson's, always a joy to work with and be around. Loved to laugh and joke with him. Memories last forever.
Mark &jessie Olsen on February 23, 2017 at 8:07 AM said:

we are so sorry for your loss Mike was a great person he surely will be missed.
Kathryn Adams on February 22, 2017 at 5:19 PM said:

I am so sorry to read about Mike's death, so surprised and saddened. I have fond memories of Mike when he would be at the house working on various projects. He told the best and funniest stories. God bless the Ricchio family. Please accept my sympathy.
R.w. Miller and Ann MIller on February 22, 2017 at 12:38 PM said:

Mike will be missed a great guy! Ron and Ann Miller
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