Lynne Rick

December 20, 2018 GMT

Services for Lynne M. Rick, 62, Yankton, formerly of Watertown, S.D., will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Watertown. The Rev. Michael Wensing will officiate with burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Watertown.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown with a 5:30 p.m. wake and will resume prior to services at the church on Friday. A family prayer service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

She died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at her home.


Lynne was born on Feb. 7, 1956, in Watertown to Harold and Cynthia (Zink) Ries.


Lynne married Keath Rick on May 19, 1973, at Holy Name Catholic Church. She graduated from Harmony Hill High School in 1974. Together, they would live and raise their children in Watertown.

In 1995, Lynne graduated from Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. She moved to Sioux Falls to teach at Tri-Valley before teaching in Norfolk.

Lynne and Keath later moved to Yankton, where she worked as an autism specialist for the State of South Dakota until her retirement in 2008.

Lynne served on the Governor’s Family Support Council and was a SD Advocate for Change. She was an instructor for Life Course in the region and also coached for the Special Olympics.

Lynne was passionate about special education. Her hobbies included quilting, drawing, creating art and sewing. She also loved to travel, laugh hard and have a good time, and spend time with her grandchildren.

Lynne is survived by her spouse, Keath, of Yankton; her children, Christopher (Jolene) Rick of Milbank, S.D., Maggie (Joel) Johnson of Ortonville, Minn., Sarah Rick of Yankton and Elizabeth (Corey) Rick-Luke of Hartford, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; and her sister, Gail Ries of Sioux Falls.

Lynne was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Cynthia, and a brother, Jerry.

The family prefers memorials to the Yankton Special Olympics.

The family is requested to meet at the church on Friday by 10 a.m. for a prayer service. Music will be provided by Blaine Martian and Judy Everson as vocalists and Jane Rokusek as organist.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lynne’s grandchildren: Hannah Rick, Molly Rick, Caleb Rick, Samuel Rick, Emily Johnson, Abby Johnson, Natalie Johnson, Andrew Rick, Mason Luke and Grace Rick. Active pallbearers will be Larry Cole, Joel Johnson, Corey Luke, Ben Ries, Paul Krzeszowski and Scott Rick.

Condolences can be left at www.crawfordosthus.com.