Rick Milton Gumm Jr.

August 28, 1975December 14, 2018

GUMM JR., Ricky Milton

Our beloved son, Ricky Milton Gumm Jr., age 43 of Davenport, WA went to meet his Lord and Savior on December 14, 2018 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Wilbur, WA. Rick was born on August 28, 1975 in Walla Walla, WA. He was the son of Rick Milton Gumm, mother Georgia Lea Smith and step father W. Norton Smith. Rick enjoyed working for Ramey construction located in Spokane, WA. He attended church at Life Center and recently felt it put on his heart to volunteer his services to the church.

Rick took pleasure in kayaking, fishing, hunting, painting and music. He always felt at peace in the great outdoors. He relished his time with his family and his dog, Cheyenne. He loved to savor of a good cup of coffee and conversation. He was also very creative and artistic. He had a passionate interest in helping others. A member of the Royal Society, he would reach out and touch others daily with his compassion, kindness, positive affirmations and loving quotes. He was always recognizing the needs of others before his own.

Rick is survived by his father Rick Gumm of Walla Walla, mother Georgia Smith and step father W. Norton Smith of Davenport, WA, his sister’s Amber Aaron of Sammamish, WA, and Courtney Jean Gumm of Walla Walla, WA. His girlfriend Kara Bicknell of Lincoln, WA, a son Brady James of Port Orchard, WA and daughter Kathryn Miller of Sedro Woolley, WA, his grandmother Janet Gumm of Kennewick, WA aunt Rebecca Walton of Davenport, WA and uncle Stephen Bradford of Davenport, WA his aunt Virginia Krumbah of Kennewick, WA and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his Grandmother Sharon Ann Bradford, his grandfather Eugene Clifford Bradford and his brother Nicholas Wayne Johnson all from Walla Walla, WA

Celebration of Life Services will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 1pm at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Pastor Stacey Friedlein from Zion Lutheran Church will be officiating the services. Condolences can be sent to Strate Funeral Home, PO Box 175, Davenport, WA 99122. If you would like to send donations in lieu of flowers, Saint Jude was Rick’s favorite charity. A memorial has been set up in his name and can be easily accessed at

Time with Rick was treasured. He was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Gumm family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Davenport, WA is caring for the family


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, January 3, 2019

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Lori Dean

February 9, 2019

Rick loved his family and his girlfriend so much. It was so refreshing that he shared this with me because we had several long talks about his past which had been so dark and painful. Things were looking up and he was so deserving of peace and happiness and was in a good place and so excited about what tomorrow would bring! God had plans to welcome him to his kingdom. I was so fortunate to know this kind hearted, humble and loving man. Fly high, Rick! Missing you like so many others are. You’ll never be forgotten. ❤️😇❤️

Georgia Smith

February 3, 2019

This is the beautiful Eulogy Kara Rick' girlfriend share at Rick celebration of Life. A wonder tribute to how much she loved him.

Rick Gumm Eulogy
I would like to welcome all of you and thank you for being here, on behalf of Rick. Some of you traveled quite a ways to be here to celebrate him and for that I am grateful. Today, in this space and time, we are all united in love for this man and I now consider you my friends, my kin. Rick is undoubtedly smiling down on all of us today. Knowing him, he would be trying to soothe our hurting hearts. To all of you that had the pleasure of knowing him longer than me, you have me deepest sympathy as his passing cuts deep and is a loss for us all. For my friends and family here in support of me, I would just like to say, you have cloaked me in love every day since this tragedy, and I am forever grateful. I am sure Rick would want all of us to know without question, that he is in the best place he could possibly be.
A couple of weeks ago, if you told me this would be my life on January 3, 2019, I would have sat dumbfounded in total disbelief. Life is tangible, so short. I am reminded every minute since his passing that there are no do-overs, no second chances, and not enough time spent telling our loved ones, how much we adore them. I would like to touch on that a little later....
But first, I would like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Kara Bicknell. Rick was my boyfriend and we dated over the past year. We met at work. I do think it was love at first sight, at least for me. I think that because my memories of him were so clear. I remember what he was wearing, what he said, everything. I work as an insurance agent at the local hospital and a year and a half ago, Rick had been admitted with kidney stones. I first met Rick and his mother at the same time. I could tell that they were close instantly. His mother called him baby bear, and his Native American totem was the brown bear so before long, he earned the nickna

Tiffany Abell

January 19, 2019

Just wanted to share how much I enjoyed working with Rick at CDB Construction during 2017. He and I were both new to the company and were going through the same things with new jobs. I really appreciated how he took the time to visit and sincerely ask how things were going. It was also special to me that he shared his love for his Savior.
So sorry for your loss.

Maria Koszler

December 27, 2018

To Rick's parents, family, and friends, I am so very sorry for your loss. I got to know Rick in the Royal Society. I never met him face to face but can honestly say that I would have loved to have been by his side taking some of those awesome photos he took. He was a great inspiration to me and so many of us sharing his support, with thoughts, videos, and words. I recall very early on seeing his wonderful photography and I sent him one of his own quotes on a photo that I had turned into a post for him. He was so surprised, he wrote to me that he never imagined someone would go to the trouble of listening to what he said and would do something like that for him. His note of gratitude was so heartfelt. He was a beautiful Soul my very Royal Brother Rick, I shall miss him. Go soar way up high in the sky RIck, you will be missed, There is such sadness in my heart right now for those you have left behind. Good night my friend, sleep in peace wrapped in God's blanket of love and His Angels by your side.

Georgia Smith

December 20, 2018

This memory is actually from his Aunt Rebecca Walton
One of my greatest moments of my nephew is our talks about our lives in general. The times I have been able to spend with him these last couples years since I moved to Davenport have been filled with happiness. He made feel loved and appreciated. I remember him asking me if I wanted to go to the Davenport rodeo and it made me so happy for him to include me.

I love him and I did not get enough to spend him. I will greatly miss him, but I know that he is special and he is in the angels arm.

Rest in peace my little Ricky, until I see your smiling face again.

Love Your Aunt Rebecca

Jo Davis

December 20, 2018

Rick was such a bright light to so many. He was our brother and friend in the Royal Society. His open heart and authenticity made him a much-loved thought leader in our group. He will be sorely missed.

Amber Aaron

December 20, 2018

This is such a sad and unexpected thing that happened. No one is ever prepared for such a sudden accident like this. Sending my condolences out. He did inspire others in the Royal Society Community. My heart goes out to my Mom. Sending her my love and comfort in this time of sorrow, and everyone else this is affecting.... I'm sure it's a big number. You will be missed.
Your Sister Amber...

Kara Bicknell

December 20, 2018

While I know that Rick is home, with his creator and our Lord and Shepherd, there is a huge hole in my heart. I desperately want to fill that void, that chasm of emptiness with something, but like Rick always used to say, " The only way over it, is through it."
My response is still, "Yes dear." :)
I only had the pleasure of having him bless my life for a year, so it is hard for me to imagine the pain others are feeling at this time. Over that year, so many memories were made. We had all of those beautiful and confusing emotions that first year couples have, transforming us as only time together can.
The way we met was serendipitous, and we used to love to reflect on how God had brought us together over the miles and circumstances of our lives. I loved him like I have never loved before. In past and present he is teaching me how to love the way God intended us to love one another. I wake up every day wondering if this is really real, or if I am going to wake up again.
Along with Rick's family, I am also touched by the support and tenderness of everyone we have encountered during this difficult time. He continues to bring out the best in us all as his loving legacy lives on.
My memories of him will be forever cherished.

Georgia Smith

December 20, 2018

Georgia Smith

December 20, 2018

A friend from Ricky's group shared this with me last night. Beautiful!