Austin  F. Rickerd
Austin F. Rickerd "Rick"

February 8, 1935 - December 3, 2018
Resided in Thurmont, MD


Austin F. Rickerd “Rick”, 83, of Thurmont passed away on December 3, 2018 at FMH. He was the loving husband of Betty L. (Eyler) Rickerd for 58 years. Born February 8, 1935, he was the devoted son of the late Samuel H. Rickerd and Ruth V. Rickerd (Cline).

Rick was retired from Moore Business Forms as a Pressman. He was a proud Army Vet who served in South Korea with the ASA as a Staff Sergeant. Fishing, hunting, baseball and softball (especially pitching) were some of his favorite pastimes; especially when it included his kids and grandkids. A member of the class of 1953 of Thurmont High School, he earned his GED in the Army. For many years he sported a beard and moustache and when he shaved it off once, his only granddaughter at the time said, “Pappy shave it back on!”- he never shaved again.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, James B. Rickerd and wife Connie of Thurmont. Daughter, Lynda L. Miller and husband Bob of Woodsboro. Grandchildren; Michael Austin Rickerd and wife Stephanie of PA., Erin Miller Wrenn and husband Hudson of Florida, Bryan Austin Miller of North Carolina and Casey Elizabeth Rickerd of Thurmont. Brothers-in-law; James M. Eyler and wife Judy of Rocky Ridge, Mark A. Eyler and wife Margie of Thurmont and sister-in-law, Darlene Rickerd of Thurmont. And Rickerd, Eyler and Tressler nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Eugene and sister, Edna Tressler and husband Daniel, and in-laws, James R. Eyler, Jr. and wife Mary.

As Rick emphatically wished, there will be no public visitation and viewing. His family will be planning a memorial for friends and loved ones on May 18, 2019- Armed Forces Day- in Thurmont. In lieu of flowers, please consider remembrances to Shriners Hospital for Children, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), our Frederick County Hospice, or WFMD Christmas Cash for Kids. To sign the online guestbook or leave condolences go to

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