Dewitt Obits

Ruth Ann Rickgauer

Ruth Ann (Sullivan) Rickgauer, age 86, passed peacefully from this life April 20, 2024 at her home. She was born July 28, 1937 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Harold D. and Florence (Hollibaugh) Sullivan.


Ruth Ann was married to the love of her life, Dwight M. Rickgauer on February 5, 1961. They were the parents of Dwight Michael Rickgauer (deceased) and Dana Elizabeth Rickgauer, Clinton, IL. Surviving are four grandchildren, Ryan and Lauren Rickgauer, Algonquin, IL, Nicholas Cole (granddaughter-in-law, Burgandy Biayeu) Johnston and Kailei Elizabeth Johnston.


She was dearly loved by her great grandchildren, Petyon Nicole Johnston, age 13, Nicholas Cole Johnston, age 12 and Bailey Ann Johnston, age 5.


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Dwight M. Rickgauer, and son, Dwight Michael Rickgauer, brother, Larry E. Sullivan, and sisters, Norma Arlene Sosamon, and Mary Ellen Junkert. She has one living sister, Marilyn Thayer, Clinton, IL.


Throughout her working career, she was employed by Raymond Lamkin Law Office, Rickgauer Sand & Gravel (owner), Clinton Nuclear Power Plant, Herrick, Rudasill & Moss Attorneys-at-law, Dewitt Savings Bank and Knotty Pine Bar (owner), Assumption, IL.


Ruth Ann was an avid collector of antiques and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Per Ruth Ann’s wishes there will be no visitation or services. A Celebration of Life will be planned in the future. Memorial gifts may be made payable to the DeWitt County Animal Shelter, Clinton, IL or to the family.


When Tomorrow Comes

When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand;
The angel said my place was ready in heaven far above
And that I would have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But when I walked through Heaven’s Gates, I felt so much at home,

For God looked down, smiled at me, and told me “Welcome Home.”
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me,

I’m right there in your heart.

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