July 26, 1953 – October 13, 2017
After a brief intense battle with colon cancer, Rick passed quietly surrounded by family at Legacy Hopewell House Hospice on October 13, 2017.
Rick is survived by his wife Cynthia (Cindy), son Neal Ressler (Anna) of Hamilton, Ohio, Daughter Reina Rich(David) of Portland, and son Ryan Rich (Elizabeth) of Portland, Granddaughters Claire Ressler (Neal) and Lucy Rich (Ryan), grandson Drew Ressler (Neal), mother-in-law Margaret Reger of Huntington, WV, sisters-in-law Angela Morris(Bruce) of Huntington, WV, Daina Wood (Kelly) of Ashland, KY, brothers-in-law Mitchell Reger (Rose) of Milton, WV, and Kirk Reger (Barbara) of Redondo Beach, CA. Rick is also survived by nieces Sheena Perry (David), Desirae Hamlin, Mackenzie Sturgill (Zack), Madison Morris, Sydney and Shae Reger, and nephew Alexander Hamlin. He is also survived by step-sister Chris Podhora and niece Julie Fowler and many cousins from Alabama who he dearly loved.
Always the life of the party, Rick’s final hours were spent surrounded by family and friends. Although he was unconscious the last hours of his life, many stories were shared about his love of life, amazing cooking skills and ability to make friends easily.
Rick was very proud of being a native Oregonian and loved to play tour guide whenever relatives would visit from other states. He loved hiking, boating and other outdoor activities such as camping. He loved feeding birds in his yard and was especially excited to see how many hummingbirds he could attract.
Rick never met a stranger. He was always happy to share a good bottle of wine and a tasty meal. Rick’s love of cooking inspired others to try new foods. He loved nothing more than to turn on his Traeger grill and invite friends over to eat. He treated his guests like family. So many of his friends enjoyed the fruits of his labor. He might treat you to homemade smoked salmon, a juicy steak or one of his famous “Rock and Roll” burgers. He made the best ribs you have ever eaten. His salsa and guacamole could win competitions.
Rick’s signature look was a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, sandals, sunglasses and “spiked” hair. He was often compared to Guy Fieri, but he would say he had “the look” first.
When enjoying time with friends, Rick would often be found with a glass of Oregon Pinot or a good glass of chardonnay from St. Josef’s winery.
Rick was employed as a Senior Technical Representative by General Binding Corporation for 28 years. He enjoyed working with his customers and had exceptional technical skills. He loved the brotherhood with his fellow technicians and was often a mentor to others.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Legacy Hopewell House Hospice who treated Rick and his family so well at the end of his life. In addition, the family requests a tree be planted in his name to replace those burnt in the recent fires.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Rick and Cindy.
Arrangements entrusted by Funerals @ Hubbard Chapel.