Rickey Locke, 66, Horicon

November 15, 2018 GMT

Rickey Lee “Rick” Locke, 66, Horicon, died peacefully surrounded by family on Nov. 14, 2018, at UW Hospital in Madison following a massive heart attack.

Rick was born June 3, 1952, in Port Huron, Michigan, to Roger and Dorothy (Hartman) Locke. He grew up in St. Claire Shores, Michigan, and graduated from Lake Shore High School in 1970, before continuing his studies at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Rick joined the U.S. Air Force in 1971 and served as an aircraft control and warning radar technician. On Nov. 17, 1973, he was united in marriage to Diane Koehler at Community Baptist Church in St. Claire Shores, Michigan. The couple were blessed with three children, Theresa, James and John. In 1980, Rick was honorably discharged from the Air Force, but continued working for the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration as a radar technician, retiring in 2010.


Rick loved spending time with his family and truly adored his grandkids. He had a kind and caring nature and was always willing to help others. He attended all of his daughter’s ice skating competitions, was a Cub Scout leader and attended many campouts in support of his sons, who became Eagle Scouts. Rick enjoyed model railroading, going for walks, listening to music and watching movies. He attended church at Grace Hill Fellowship in Juneau.

Rick will remain in the heart of his wife of almost 45 years, Diane; children, Theresa (Jon) Aron, James (Shelley) and John (Jennifer); grandchildren, Cameron and Caroline Aron, Alex and Lauren Locke; his parents, Roger and Dorothy Locke; brothers, Randy (Loretta), Terry (Monica) and Kurt (Jani); and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Harmony Baptist Church in Beaver Dam. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Robert Johnson will officiate. Military honors will follow the service at the church.

The family thanks the Horicon Police Department; Horicon, Mayville and Beaver Dam EMTs; and the doctors and nurses at UW Hospital for their care and support.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at koepsellfh.com.