Ricky Eads passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at his home, after a short battle with cancer. He was 57. The family will receive visitors from 3-6 p.m., Sunday at Rice Funeral Service. Services to honor and celebrate the life of Ricky Eads will be 10 a.m., Monday, May 9, 2016 at St. Pius X Church, Tulsa.
Ricky Alan Eads was born Oct. 31, 1958 in Luverne, Minn. to Arden Richard and Juanita Carol (Pitts) Eads. He was reared and educated in Slayton, MN graduating in 1977.
Some of Ricky's favorite memories, as a student, surrounded being near his mother, Juanita, who was employed in the schools' lunch room.
In addition, Ricky was quite an athlete and participated in all the athletic activities offered including: football, basketball and wrestling.
Following high school, he furthered his education at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD where he received three Bachelor's Degrees. He earned one degree in Chemistry, another in Physics and lastly one in Nursing. He then, immediately began his career as a Registered Nurse. Ricky married Julie Pooley, in 1979, and welcomed his first baby girl, Jackie, in 1984.
Several years later, Ricky found employment in Sioux Falls, SD. It was in the McKennan Hospital Cath Lab, where he met a young lady in training, Jennifer Cox. There was an immediate spark between the two and this flicker only grew as the couple joined their lives together in marriage on Sept. 17, 1994 in a Sioux Falls wedding ceremony. Soon after their marriage, Ricky adopted Jennifer's daughter, Cassie.
The Eads' family then made a move and established their home in Nebraska. It was in Lexington that their family grew with the addition of children Allison and Noah.
From Nebraska to Claremore, Ricky and Jennifer moved their family to warmth of Oklahoma in 1998 and this community has been their home ever since.
In addition to work and family, Scouting was a huge part of Ricky's life. From a young boy, his mother served as a leader for his Boy Scout Troop. He remained active in this endeavor throughout his life- receiving the highest honor obtainable, that of an Eagle Scout. Ricky, with his wife, Jennifer, also shared a love for Scouts with their family, including helping son, Noah, obtain his Eagle Scout. Most recently, Ricky served as an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 81, the troop to which his son, Noah belongs. Also, his daughter, Jackie, serves as a leader for Girl Scout Troop 40078, the troop to which his granddaughters' belong.
A man who remained active throughout his life, he enjoyed playing softball, bowling, even hunting with father and fishing. He also enjoyed cooking.
He believed in trying new things and using his creativity especially around dinner time.
Dad shared a few of his best tricks and recipes with his children, and the imprint that he has left on their hearts and lives' will forever be remembered and cherished.
Ricky leaves to carry on his legacy: his wife, Jennifer Eads of Claremore; daughters: Jackie Stettnichs and husband, Jason of George, IA, Cassandra Eads and Allison Eads both of Norman; son, Noah Eads of Claremore; grandchildren: Ciara Stettnichs, Anastasia Wood, Zayne Stettnichs and Elijah Stettnichs; sister, Debra Gotlieb and husband, Joel of Sioux City, IA; nieces: Dorthy Parker and husband, Josh of LeMars, IA and Sara Romiller of Sioux City, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Juanita Eads.
Memorial donations may be made to Boy Scout Troop 81, Indian Nations Council, 4295 South Garnett Road Tulsa, OK 74146 or to Girl Scout Troop 40078 1101 S. Marion Road Sioux Falls, SD 57106.
Published on May 7, 2016