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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 West Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX

OBITUARY

Michael David Ricky

July 20, 1961November 23, 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 Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Recitation of The Rosary Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Committal Service & Military Honors Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Donna (Ricky) Schmidt

December 10, 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

December 10, 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

December 10, 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

December 10, 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

December 8, 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

December 8, 2019

Our prayers and condolences to the Ricky family

Brendan Fahey

December 7, 2019

To the R icky Family - my deepest condolences with Michael's passing. He and I were knobs together in Charlie Company at The Citadel and graduated together in 1983. We also served in the US Army. I will pray for Mike and all of you during this sad and tough time. I have fond memories of knowing Mike for so long. God's Blessings.

Violeta Mester

December 1, 2019

Mike, you went away so sudden no time to say goodbye. If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane. I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

Thank you big brother for a good 21 years of knowing you and the entire family. Thank you for the good advice, your emotional support even though I'm so stubborn to accept it. Thank you for being the best godfather to Mechelle.

Alice and I, along with the kids always bring you the best surprise that makes us laugh for months. You want to get us back, but you could never get it right. But now you got us good with out saying a word.

My heart is broken, I don’t have a big brother that will check on me when ever your home or just to say I’m home for a minute but wanted to say hi to my buang (crazy) little sister.

Mike, you maybe gone for good but your memories stay in our heart forever. May your eternal life Rest In Peace.

Love,
Violeta Mester

Lynne Reynolds

November 30, 2019

Thank you, Mike, for your service! Wow! You sacrificed so much precious time with your family to use your gifts and give service to our country.

You and your wife have such a beautiful family, and I know that you will be missed.

I only met you at the time of you dad's funeral, but I enjoyed talking with you. I sensed that you were a person of diplomacy and a gentle spirit.

We thoroughly enjoyed witnessing you and your sister Cindy singing some of your dad's barbershop quartet songs at church following your dad's funeral in Florida. Great fun and tribute!
I can only imagine that your dad has recruited you to do the same now in heaven.

Lynne Hall Reynolds





Dr. Mohammad Usman Usmani Usmany

November 29, 2019

The sudden Knowing about passing away about my elder brother Sir Mike was really really bad news ,I sent him happy Thanksgiving this morning to him, I'm so sad by his passing he will be missed, I offer my profound condolences to the family of my EB and his loved ones.
I had knew Elder brother (EB that is what I called him)(Mike)since years he was gracious, kindness, compassion, courteous, humble, great mentor and great human his service for two great nations of America and Afghanistan is not forgettable he will be always in our hurts God bless him.
Dr.M. Usman Usmany previous governor of Ghazni province Afghanistan.

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Biography

      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.