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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 West Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX

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Michael David Ricky

20 juillet , 196123 novembre , 2019
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Michael D. Ricky, husband, father, son, and brother, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the age of 58 years. Mike, as he is known by close friends and family, was preceded in death by his loving parents, David and Joan Ricky. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Alice, and their beloved four children, Hilary, Chelsea, Gabbie, and Brandon, as well as his sister, Cindy, and her children, Robert and Sara. Mike will also be remembered fondly by his brothers- and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, extended family, dear friends, and colleagues.

Michael was born on July 20, 1961 in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He attended the Citadel Military Academy in 1979, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages in 1983, and served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army for 24 years, retiring as a Major in 2007. His career included assignments in Germany, Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Korea, and Iraq. He also received many awards to include a Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Korea Defense Service Medal, and an Iraq Campaign Medal. Upon retirement, he continued specialized intelligence work as a contractor in Afghanistan. He was employed by several agencies in various positions: a Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan (UNAMA), an Intelligence Subject Matter Expert (SME) for L3 National Security Solutions and CACI, a Senior Intelligence Analyst for Kingfisher and L3 Stratis, and a Senior Intelligence Advisor/Mentor for L3 MPRI and New Century US.

A vigil and viewing will be held on December 9, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, Texas. Refreshments will be provided.

Mass will be celebrated in memory of Michael on December 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove, Texas. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow Mass at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. A celebration of his life will be held afterwards at the Social Hall at Holy Family Catholic Church. Refreshments will be provided.

Services

  • Visitation lundi, 9 décembre , 2019
  • Recitation of The Rosary lundi, 9 décembre , 2019
  • Funeral Mass mardi, 10 décembre , 2019
  • Committal Service & Military Honors mardi, 10 décembre , 2019

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Rui Almeida

13 janvier , 2020

I have worked with Mike in Afghanistan, he was a great Analyst and a very good friend, I express my deepest condolences to his family.

Robert Cullinane

6 janvier , 2020

On behalf of the United Nations ISIL (Da'esh), Al-Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team I wanted to pass on our Team's and my own personal condolences to the family of Mike. We had worked with him in Afghanistan since 2014 and were later happy to employ him within the UN family for a temporary period with the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) where he continued to help the Monitoring Team in its reporting and travels to the various UN Field Offices. We were very surprised and deeply saddened to learn of his passing just this week. Again, our deepest condolences to his family and friends at the loss of a father, a husband, a fellow veteran and a good friend.

Aliasuddin Ghousy

6 janvier , 2020

I had worked with him in United Nations and were receiving daily security updates from him until before his dead.
God bless him and may his soul rest in peace Ameen

Aliasuddin Ghousy

6 janvier , 2020

I had worked with him in United Nations and were receiving daily security updates from him until before his dead.
God bless him and may his soul rest in peace Ameen

Donna (Ricky) Schmidt

10 décembre , 2019

I will always remember the summer of 1972 (?) when Mike, Cindy and their parents were in Germany and our family came to visit with my friend. We went on a vacation in a van ( was it a mail truck?) refurbished to be a van of sorts. Mike was always taunting the girls, it seems to me. I wish I had known him better as an adult. As I read all about his work now and meet his beautiful wife and children, I realize how much he gave to the world and made it a better place. Rest in peace, cousin! The world has lost a great force for peace and understanding!

David Astin

10 décembre , 2019

I had the honor of serving with Mike in Korea and Afghanistan. He had a wealth of knowledge and experience, and he performed superbly as an Army officer and defense contractor. I was stunned and saddened to hear of his passing, but I consider myself privileged to have known him. Rest in peace, my friend.
Colonel (Retired) David W. Astin, U.S. Army

Dr. Deputy Minister Fraidon Barakzai

10 décembre , 2019

A day before I heard about the tragic news of Mike's passing I asked our mutual friend asked when Mike was coming back and that I missed him and we talked about how a great friend he really was.
The next day at the evening i was at the University received a call from our mutual friend and understood something serious happened as he was crying and informed me about this terrible shocking news.
I was so upset missed the exam and still cant believe that he is not among us any more.
I have a lot of friends and during 30 years of my carrier I have met so many people but have never meet such a wise and honest person in my life
We all have all lost a great man, may his soul rest at peace and may his family find solace in their time of grief.

Minister Gul Agha Sherzai

10 décembre , 2019

When I heard the news of Mike’s passing I was shocked and felt as a part of my body was gone. I have been at a loss for words since but know I must for the family.

I knew Mike for many years in Afghanistan while he was serving in different positions, working for the people of Afghanistan and America. I met Mike while I was also serving in many positions, as Governor of Kandahar, as Minister for Urban Development, as Governor of Nangarhar, and in my current posting as Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs, as well as while I sought office as a Presidential candidate.

The one thing that never changed throughout that time was our relationship: a professional relationship that developed into a personal relationship as friends and brothers because we had the common goal of liberating Afghanistan from terrorism to bring about peace and stability. In later years I relied on his council for advice as he was such a treasure-house of information about Afghanistan. I knew that I could trust his judgment and knew I could trust him.

The knowledge that Mike had about Afghanistan and the world was incredible and evidence of his dedication to duty. The work that he did in Afghanistan should never be forgotten and I will always hold his memory very close and dear. The work he did allowed Afghanistan to fight terrorism and bring greater freedom and human rights to the people.

Lastly, he was a bridge between the international community and Afghanistan. Most international staff rotate in and out of Afghanistan not to return; if they do it is often many years later. Mike’s commitment to Afghanistan meant that he could bridge that gap to ensure that there was continuity.

From my family and myself I would like to pass on my deepest regrets, condolences and prayers to his family. If there is ever anything that they require do not hesitate to ask, as we are family.

Chris Duffy

8 décembre , 2019

We were all so shocked and saddened to hear of Mike's sudden passing that day. We're thinking of Gabbie and Alice and the whole extended family constantly. Our deepest sympathies to you all in this difficult time. May God bless.

The Duffy family

Ramona Santo Domingo

8 décembre , 2019

Our prayers and condolences to the Ricky family

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Biographie

      Michael D. Ricky, husband, father, son, and brother, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the age of 58 years. Mike, as he is known by close friends and family, was preceded in death by his loving parents, David and Joan Ricky. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Alice, and their beloved four children, Hilary, Chelsea, Gabbie, and Brandon, as well as his sister, Cindy, and her children, Robert and Sara. Mike will also be remembered fondly by his brothers- and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, extended family, dear friends, and colleagues.


Michael was born on July 20, 1961 in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He attended the Citadel Military Academy in 1979, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages in 1983, and served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army for 24 years, retiring as a Major in 2007. His career included assignments in Germany, Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Korea, and Iraq. He also received many awards to include a Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Korea Defense Service Medal, and an Iraq Campaign Medal. Upon retirement, he continued specialized intelligence work as a contractor in Afghanistan. He was employed by several agencies in various positions: a Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan (UNAMA), an Intelligence Subject Matter Expert (SME) for L3 National Security Solutions and CACI, a Senior Intelligence Analyst for Kingfisher and L3 Stratis, and a Senior Intelligence Advisor/Mentor for L3 MPRI and New Century US.



A vigil and viewing will be held on December 9, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, Texas. Refreshments will be provided.


Mass will be celebrated in memory of Michael on December 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove, Texas. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow Mass at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. A celebration of his life will be held afterwards at the Social Hall at Holy Family Catholic Church. Refreshments will be provided.