Gary Alan Rickel
February 22, 1947 ~ August 30, 2013
Gary A. Rickel, 66, Brandon, died Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Helping Hands Assisted Living Home in Brandon.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 12:30pm at the Black Hills National Cemetery with full military honors.
Gary Alan Rickel was born February 22, 1947, in Berkley, CA, to Leo and Elna (Bloomer) Rickel. Upon his graduation from high school, Gary joined the Navy and was sent to Viet Nam as a machinist mate. When Gary returned from the service, he moved to Sioux Falls, SD. He lived in the area and worked at different jobs.
Gary loved to work on models; mostly planes and cars. He also tinkered with engineering model projects such as bridges, made from toothpicks. Gary was known to always have Bubble Yum – Bubble Gum and a glass of tea or coffee everywhere he went. He was family to everyone at Helping Hands. He also loved to go shopping with his buddy Clinton. While shopping, Gary would hop on a mobility cart and “cruise” the store.
Gary is survived by one sister, Penny Locken, Gillette, WY; friend, Clinton Johnson, and his friends at Helping Hands.