1963 – 2013

STARKS — Richard “Ricky” Elmore Whipple Jr., beloved son, brother, father, spouse, uncle and friend, went home to the Lord after a brief, but hard-fought battle with cancer on Sunday, Dec. 15.

He was born in Farmington on Oct. 31, 1963, to Richard E. Whipple Sr. and Valerie M. (Hewett) Whipple. He was raised in Starks and attended Starks Elementary and Madison-area schools. In 1983, he received his GED alongside two of his aunts, Ginny Glazier and Calla Hewett. After school, he went on to becoming the hardworking, loving man we all knew him for, working many years in the wood-cutting industry.

Ricky was an avid outdoorsman, whose passions involved camping, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing on the local men’s softball team. Rick loved animals of all types. He was living in New Hampshire with his longtime partner, Susan, who shared his passion for animals; they were always taking in, rehabilitating and caring for any kind of animal in need, including horses, dogs, cats, birds and even a woodpecker. He will forever be in the many hearts that he touched in life.

He is survived by his two sons, Jacob Whipple of Norridgewock and Trent Whipple of New Hampshire, and their mother, Mary Currie, of Madison; as well as a daughter, Ashley Hayden, of Anson. He is also survived by his siblings, Charlene and husband, Bill Pressey, of Starks, Bruce Whipple and wife, Cara, of New Sharon and Darrin Whipple and wife, Bethany, of New Sharon; grandchildren, Landon Whipple and Carlene and Landon Palmer; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Fred Hewett, Marion and Charles Whipple and Hortense and John Evans; his parents, Richard and Valerie Whipple; granddaughter, Olyvia Fussell; and uncles, Walt, Les and Wes Hewett.

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