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Melvin E. Ricker


Melvin E. “Buck” Ricker, 88, of Hummelstown, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018, at his home.

Born in Hummelstown on January 10, 1930, he was the son of the late Russell L. Ricker Sr. and Ruth A. Yingst Ricker.

Buck could best be described as a farmer; he embraced the land, raised crops and dairy cattle. Locally he and his family were well known for raising and selling fresh turkeys. He was a 1950 graduate of Hershey High School. He was an U.S. Army veteran. Buck was a longtime member of Stoverdale United Methodist Church. When not raising his cattle and turkeys, Buck loved to hunt, watch the deer on the property, and collect vintage tractors and automobiles. Although a very private person, Buck will be greatly missed by his family and close friends.

In addition to his parents, Buck was preceded in death by his brother, Russell L. Ricker Jr.; and sisters, Gloria P. Vachon and Betty R. Gagion.

He is survived by cousins, Don Fasnacht and David “Chip” Horst; dear friend and hunting buddy, Wayne King; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Stoverdale United Methodist Church, Middletown Road, Derry Township, with Pastor Scott R. Hover officiating.

Interment will be in Stoverdale Cemetery. Family and friends will be received following the committal service.

Those desiring may send memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033, or to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements.

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