Rick A. Huckfeldt

04/02/1971 — 12/31/2023

From Richland, WA | Born in Joliet, IL

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Celebration of Life

Starts:
Sat, January 20, 2024, 3:00 pm
Ends:
Sat, January 20, 2024, 4:00 pm
Location:
Einan’s At Sunset Funeral Home
915 Bypass Highway Bldg. H Richland, WA 99352

Reception

Starts:
Sat, January 20, 2024, 4:00 pm
Ends:
Sat, January 20, 2024, 6:00 pm
Location:
Einan’s At Sunset Funeral Home
915 Bypass Highway Bldg. H Richland, WA 99352

Rick A. Huckfeldt

Rick Allen Huckfeldt– April 2, 1971 to December 31, 2023

Rick is survived by his mother, Christine Webb, his sister Dyana Fleming, his Brother-in-Law Robert Fleming, his nephew Brandon Fleming, his step-brother Jason Webb, his step-sisters Kristine Webb, Mindee Tevis, Shelbee Rubinski and his Godmother Lorrie Hoffman. Rick’s father passed away in 2012.

In 1971, Rick Huckfeldt was born in Joliet, Illinois.  In 1979, Rick’s father accepted a position at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the family moved to Richland, Wa..  Washington was a special place to grow up.  He attended grade school in Richland and Benton City. He attended Carmicheal Middle School and graduated from Richand High School in 1989.  Many of the classmates from 1989 have remained a part of Rick’s life.

Rick attended Washington State University in Pullman, Wa. Graduating with a degree in Environmental Science.  He did additional courses to earn certifications as a Certified Safety Professional and Master’s Level Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Rick was employed with several contractors at the Hanford site. He also was employed in Austin and Dallas Texas.  Most recently, Rick has been employed at Perma-Fix Northwest, where he held the position of Environmental Compliance Officer. Rick has maintained long term friendships with many of his coworkers.

Rick enjoyed traveling with his friends, playing Disk Golf and Pickle Ball.  He belonged to the Columbia Basin Racquet Club and enjoyed many of their activities and fellow members. Rick enjoyed Science Fiction movies and was a big fan of 1980’s music. He was a “Trivia” expert, loved word games and comedy.  Rick was especially fond of his pet dogs.

Rick was known as a “jokester” and obtained the nickname Rickster or just “Ster”.       Rick authored a book, “Saga of Ster – A Decade of Insanity”.  It was published on Amazon.  It is a collection of humorous short stories on a variety of subjects related to being a single man trying to find his way.

A memorial service will be held on January 20, 2024, at Einan’s at Sunset Gardens, 915 By-pass Hwy, Richland, WA. Services will be at the Funeral Home and will begin at 3:00pm with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please provide donations to the Benton Franklin Humane Society

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  • Rick was a part of the most fun time in my life. Our group of friends in the Tri-Cities hung out together every night, took trips to Vegas and the mountains together, and spent time in Austin with him when he lived with Steve Lacey. Rick was silly and fun, but serious enough that I could count on him to have a solid shoulder and wise rational words when I needed them. He was one of a kind and the world is a lesser place without him.

    Jessica Handy
    January 20, 2024
    Santa Monica
  • I’m profoundly sorry, and words fall short for me in capturing the heaviness of this loss. The news of Rick’s passing hit me like a ton of bricks after I was informed, and I’m still wrestling with the reality of this loss. Rick wasn’t just a friend; he was the big brother of our close-knit crew, a sturdy pillar of friendship, humor and laughter.

    Our tight circle, featuring myself, Amy Albright Schalk, Jennifer Dietsche Garman, David Edge, and Steve Lacey, came together in 1998 and continued until Rick bid farewell to Texas. Envision us as the Austin, TX rendition of “Friends,” but with a slightly more rated-R flavor – you know, the kind that adds a splash of color to life! 😄

    Rick always played the role of our guardian angel during our escapades in Vegas or downtown Austin, always keeping a watchful eye over us ladies and fending off any unwanted attention. His humor was contagious, his intuitive comedic personality was infectious and those David Sedaris-like self-deprecating stories he write and email us had us doubled over in laughter. His writing was not just funny; it was witty, brilliantly humorous, and showcased an undeniable & amazing talent. Many of our weekend shenanigans, forever etched in his self-published book “Ster – A Decade of Insanity,” still reside on my Kindle.

    To Rick’s family, especially his mother and sister Dyana, my heartfelt condolences and sympathies go out to you. Rick was a central figure during some of the brightest days and happiest of my adult life, leaving behind a treasury of fantastic memories. The times with him and the others mentioned above truly ARE the best years of my life thus far. May his spirit continue to sprinkle joy and humor, even in his absence.

    Brooke Barber
    January 20, 2024
    Auburn, AL
  • Chrissy and family,
    As you know, I never met your son Rick. It sounds like he picked up the comedic talents that run through our family (our Dads and Uncles). I believe I would have really enjoyed spending time with Rick. I hope those fun memories of him help you through your grief.

    Your cousin
    Bill

    Bill Ellena
    January 16, 2024
    Lisle, IL.
  • In loving memory. You will be missed.

    Trinity Consultants (Branden Barry, Doug Abeln, & Gary King)
    January 15, 2024
  • my deepest condolences to the family

    melinda perkins-koenen
    January 13, 2024
    richland, wa
  • As his godmother I remember holding him during the church ceremony more than 50 years ago. I participated in his life from afar when my cousin and family moved to Washington state. We chatted via LinkedIn and I always sent Christmas presents. He so liked my gag gifts, one of the last ones being a pool chair floaty with slots for his beer. I will miss him dearly.

    Lorrie Hoffman
    January 13, 2024
    Savannah, GA
  • I only met Rick a few times while he lived in Austin, TX but I will always remember his warm and funny presence.

    Lori Carnaghi
    January 13, 2024
    Austin, TX
  • Dyana , Robert and Brandon
    We send our love and prayers. Hugs to all of you.
    Rod and Donna Fleming

    Donna Fleming
    January 12, 2024
    Spokane WA
  • I have so many wonderful memories with you! You impacted my life in such a positive way! You will be misses!

    Amy Schalk
    January 12, 2024
    Austin, TX
  • The memories that you brought to my life will be forever cherished. You are a force to be reckoned with a contagious, laughter and a joy to be around May you rest in peace.

    Marcia Leigh
    January 12, 2024
    Tulsa, OK
  • Dyana,
    Praying that you can find some comfort in the good memories.
    Sending love,
    Britta

    Britta Thompson
    January 12, 2024
    Kennewick, WA
  • Rick you were a great brother and had a smile that let up the room

    Dale Hough
    January 12, 2024
    Fredericksburg, TX
  • Diana and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family.

    Sharon
    January 12, 2024
    Feser
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