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

Rick Milton Gumm Jr.

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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!

Georgia Smith

December 20, 2018

Georgia Bradford-Smith

December 20, 2018

I am Ricky's mother and did not know if I could do this, but I realized that it is important for me to do so. First would like to express our deepest thanks to all who have posted here on his memorial site. We are humbled by all the heart felt sympathies and prayers that are go out for our loss. His father Rick and I are amazed at all the love and support. Thank you.

Who was our son? He was the most loving, amazing, giving of himself person we have every known.
Rick first love in his life was his Lord and Savior and then his family and the love of his life, that he had met just this last year.

After the events he suffered a few year ago that devastated him and broke him, our son found himself and gained a new strength and faith in his lord and himself through his Spiritual Support and growth group "The Royal Society" in one of his video he said this group had saved his life. For that we are thankful.

The Lord has our precious son now and he is spending Christmas with the Angels, what a great gift. I can only imagine how great that must be.

I am broken and will never be the same, but our son will live on in our daily thoughts and memories forever more.

" Rest in peace my sweet son may the Lord Bless and Keep you in his loving arms"
" I love you my son"

stephen bradford

December 20, 2018

I am doing this cause I don't talk well in front of crowds tune back time 1985 for my nephew 10th bd I brought him a zebco closed face very cheap rod and reel combo aug 29th I took rick, amber, nick and some neighbor kids down stream Millcreek in walla walla past college place we had this bucket back in them days it was limit 10 7 people 70 fish we caught the redline as far as they went out the driver goes that a bucket of fish he gave me a trash bag to cover the bucket so it would not splash on the floor guess who got stuck cleaning 70 fish we were planning a float on the Colville river to go after big German brown trout this spring think I will still do the float just cause even if I have to carry the gear there myself and walk there from davenport teach a person to fish they can feed their family for a life time sorry the only pics I have of rick is very old we will fish together again someday u r deeply missed