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Quentin P. Ricks



Quentin P. Ricks, long-time resident of the Grand Coulee Dam area, passed away quietly in Artesia, New Mexico, Friday, October 2, 2015, at the age of 93.

Quentin was born January 12, 1922, in Ririe, Idaho. He was the youngest of two brothers: Sidney Ricks and Bud Ricks; and three sisters: Erma Ricks Pryor, Virginia Ricks Beck, and Viola Ricks Miller.

Quentin served in the Army Air Corps in his early youth, and later broke for the railroad; he loved to tell stories of all his adventures, including working in the gold mines at Seward and Ketchikan, Alaska.

Most of his later years were spent working as a truck driver, doing some long haul, but mostly working on the reclamation project at Chief Joseph Dam, where he was truck boss of 50 men... also the Bonneville Dam and the Grand Coulee Dam.

Quentin spent the last 12 years living with his daughter and son-in-law, Jim and Lisa Friedrich, of Ruidoso, New Mexico. During those years, he lived in places he'd never been, including Kansas and New Mexico.

Quentin's favorite things were listening to music (Patsy Cline), relaxing in his vibrating recliner, and going to eat tacos every Sunday. Quentin will be greatly missed by those closest to him. He leaves behind a legacy of great value and remembrance.

Quentin was preceded in death by his parents, Parley Ricks and Ethel Petersen; two brothers: Sid, and Bud Ricks; three sisters: Virginia Beck, Erma Pryor, and Viola Miller; one son, Terry Ricks; and his grandson, Brandon Ricks.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jim Friedrich, of Ruidoso; grandchildren: Jeffrey Ricks, Ashley Ricks, and Dalton Billups; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.

A celebration of Quentin's life will be held at Strate Funeral Home, Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m. He will be laid to rest at Spring Canyon Cemetery, Grand Coulee, Washington, following the service.

Please sign Quentin's online register book at Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, is honored to be servicing Quentin's family.

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