Obituary-Rick L. Morgan


Rick L. Morgan, 68, of Sterling, IL, died Friday, May 17, 2024 at his home.
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The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23 at the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown with Rev. Rod Dye officiating. There will be a visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at the funeral home, with an additional visitation time prior to the funeral service on Thursday, from 10-10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Rick was born November 18, 1955 in Morrison, IL to Fay E. and Vernabelle J. (Buikema) Morgan. He was educated in the Tampico grade schools and was a graduate of Tampico High School. He studied tool and die making at the Whiteside County Vocational Center. On August 5, 1977 he married Christi A. Melton in Prophetstown.

Rick started farming with John Melton as a hired hand and in 1980 he began farming for himself in the Sterling, Prophetstown and Tampico areas. He served as a trustee on the board for Gold Township and Tampico Farmer’s Elevator. He was a loyal John Deere customer. Rick was an avid NASCAR and Denver Bronco fan, and also enjoyed watching the Illini play.

His greatest joy was traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park, where he enjoyed taking in the rugged beautiful scenery, the rambling rivers, creeks and lakes. He was keen to watch the wildlife there, especially the elk during rut season. Spending time with his family was high on Rick’s enjoyment list, especially attending his nieces’, nephews’, great nieces’ and great nephews’ activities.

Survivors include his wife, Christi; one brother, Larry (Nancy) Morgan of Hudson, IL; his mother-in-law, Mary Melton of Morrison, IL; two brothers-in-law, Jeff (Brenda) Melton and Marc (Cynthia) Melton, both of Prophetstown; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his maternal grandparents, Roy J. and Elizabeth Buikema; his maternal grandparents, Lee and Elizabeth Morgan; one father-in-law, John L. Melton.

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