Chester R. Rickett

Birth Date: 
Tuesday, November 29, 1938
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

WOOSTER – Chester R. Rickett, 83, of Wooster passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at University Hospital in Cleveland.

He was born November 29, 1938 in Wooster the son of Chester S. and Mary Buchwalter Rickett.

Chester was a 1956 graduate of Smithville High School and retired as a Service Technician for Xerox.  He also served as a fireman for Wooster City and Wooster Township Fire Departments.  He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, a 32nd Degree Mason of Ebenezer Lodge #33 F & AM, Past President of the Wooster Shrine Club, member of the Wooster Elks and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He enjoyed traveling, tinkering with tractors, golfing and spoiling his grandchildren.

Chester served his country with the Army Reserves from 1956 – 1964.

Surviving are his children Keith (Jennifer) Rickett and Kurt (Jennie) Rickett both of Wooster, Karla (Bruce) Hamrick of Wapakoneta, Karen (Randy) Campbell of Homeworth; his loving companion Phyllis Holmes of Wooster; 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; his siblings Martha Pierce and Edith Norris both of Chesapeake, VA and Katherine Rickett of Greenville, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received on Monday, April 18, 2022 from 6-8:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 5:30PM at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Paul Bartholomew officiating.  Burial will follow in the Wooster Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Wooster Township Fire Dept., 1917 Millersburg Road, Wooster, OH 44691 or to the New Pittsburg Fire Dept., c/o Treasurer, Roger Kamp, 1466 Perry Twp. Rd. 35, Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

Those who wish may make contributions to the Wooster Township Fire Dept., 1917 Millersburg Road, Wooster, OH 44691 or to the New Pittsburg Fire Dept., c/o Treasurer, Roger Kamp, 1460 Perry Twp. Rd. 35, Wooster, OH 44691.


Monday, April 18, 2022 from 6-8:00 p.m.  The Masonic Service will be held at 5:30 PM on Monday.


Tuesday, Aperil 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at funeral home


Chet will be missed by many. We enjoyed visiting with him and Phyllis while they were in Florida and when we come to Ohio.Chet always greeted us with a smile and a hug. He was always great with conversation and always spoke fondly of all his grandchildren. He was a very caring man and we will miss him greatly. We send prayers to the family and especially to Phyllis as she has an empty place in her heart that will be hard to fill.

Karla, Karen, Kurt and Keith, My heart breaks for all of you. May God grant you comfort during this difficult time. Love you all Terri Lynn

My sincere sympathy to the family. I worked at Xerox with the Akron branch for 10 years before relocating to Rochester/ Webster NY. I really enjoyed working with Chet during my time in Akron. He was truly one of the good people that I had the pleasure of knowing. May he Rest In Peace

I am saddened by the passing of Chet. He was well liked and respected by all who worked with him and was a significant contributor to our service responsibilities. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to Phyllis and family

Keith, your dad was always a favorite of my dad’s at Rubbermaid. I’m praying that the sweet memories of him carry you and your family through the difficult days.

Kieth and Kurt I was saddened to see that You fathers passing. Don & Donna Hawke

We are so sorry for your loss.
Please know you are in our prayers

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Chet for 32 years. He was a great friend & coworker.

Sorry to hear Cheat passed. Saw him last at Wooster car show. I met him and Phyllis is Florida at our member park few years ago. Helped him move a sink in there coach. Phyllis formed husband was a boss where I worked in hauling oil. I met one of his sons hauling fertilizer.Small world sometimes So sorry to hear so glad he got to travel and meet Phyllis. Also sorry to hear about Curtis passing. I roped with him serveral years ago. Time goes fast for all of us but if you believe we will meet again in paradise our condolences to all the families hope to see Phyllis again at the Wooster car show.

Prayers to all

I worked with Chet for most of my career with Xerox. He was a great guy and we had some fun back in the day servicing our favorite account, Rubbermaid. After Chet retired we kept in touch at Xerox Retiree gatherings (breakfasts at Akron Family Restaurant) and Chet visited us at our house. He will be missed by all the Xerox family and Anne and me personally.

Keith, Kurt, Karla & Karen, Our condolences on the passing of your father. May the memories over the years comfort you at this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Beckler family.

So sorry for your loss.

Keith,Kurt,Karla,Karen and Phyllis
Our prayers go out to your entire family, in the passing of Chet. I talked with him often when he came into the Bell and Howell plant in Wooster where I worked, when he was employed @ Xerox. May you find peace and strength through God at this difficult time.

Richard worked with Chet Sr. at Burnsteins in Wooster, and attended Rural Youth dances with Chester and his sister. We visited with him when he stayed in the trailer on 539 during the summer. Jennie was in our one daughters class in school and Kurt has done work for us. My prayers & sympathy go out to all of you. He & Richard can do some reminiscing in Heaven now.

Our sincerest sympathies to all of you. I first met Chet when he came to Wooster Brush to fix our xerox machines back in the 80’s. He was such a wonderful man.

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers for your family

Our prayers go out to Phyllis and all of the family. We've known Chet for so many years after meeting him at Wooster Brush when he worked for Zerox. We always looked forward to seeing him at the downtown cruise-ins and the Mid-Ohio Mopars annual car shows. He was so ornery and fun to be around. We will truly miss him but have many wonderful memories of him over the years.

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