The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 13, 2014

Lorene E. Ricke

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Lorene E. Ricke, age 93, of Webb City, Mo., passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014.

She was born Nov, 9, 1920, to Raymond and Edith Church, at Crestline, Kan. Lorene had lived in the area all of her life.

In 1948, she married F. Verne Ricke, of Joplin, Mo., and they had lived in Webb City for over 40 years prior to his death in 1992. Lorene had worked as a bookkeeper in Joplin for over 35 years.

Survivors include a son, Tim Ricke and wife, Carol, of Battlefield, Mo.; twin granddaughters, Heather Stenger and husband, Jonathan, of Republic, Mo., and Melissa Krueger and husband, Travis, of Enid, Okla.; four great-grandchildren, Gavin Lee Krueger, Kaleigh Ann Krueger, Olivia Madison Stenger and Brooklyn Elizabeth Stenger; one brother, Floyd Church, of Joplin; one brother-in-law, Jim Ricke and wife, Linda, of Webb City; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband were a sister, Mildred Vobbe; and a nephew, Robert Parrish Sr.

Lorene was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, of Webb City, for over 50 years and served as church treasure for many years. She served as the city treasurer of Webb City for 17 years.

Lorene had a loving and giving heart. She would do anything for anyone. She loved to have her family come home and always had toys for the little ones. When she was able, she delivered meals for the Senior Center, belonged to a Bridge Club, was a member of Freeman Advance, St. John's Prestige and Survivors Clubs.

Graveside services will be held at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery on Tuesday, April 15, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Paul Gray officiating.

Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, of Webb City, or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, of Webb City.

Online condolences may be made at

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