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Richard L. Earl, Jr. Obituary


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“I'm one of Rick's ham buddies, k4nkt. We would enjoy lunch at Ryans every Tuesday. Rick would be the first one there. He is missed by all of us. ”
1 of 26 | Posted by: Jay Myers - Huntsville, AL

“Just heard today about Rick. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. It's been many years since I've seen Rick but I have wonderful...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Beth Vail Watson - Lucas, TX

“One of my fondest memories of Rick was when we were TDY to Ft. Hood. He drove his truck and had taken his remote control cars. He drove them all...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Mark Grooms - Huntsville, AL

“Rick was my co-worker and my friend. He was such a positive and happy presence where ever he went. He had a gentle heart and a genuine care and...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Tiffany Jeffcoat - Huntsville, AL

“Rick was a great person and decent human being. Always had a willingness to help. His eyes lit up when he talked about a new piece of tech gear. ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Glenn Lundy - Redstone Arsenal, AL

“My condolences to Rick's family and loved ones. Even though I only knew Rick for 5 1/2 years, we became very good friends. At work he was always...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Patti Hill - Huntsville, AL

“We wish to express our sincere condolence for the loss you have recently incurred. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers both now and...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Betsey Eads - Scott Depot, WV

“Sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Tom and Darlene Earl - MI

“Rick was the uncle that I never had.He was around from the time I was about 3. Its hard to imagine him not pestering me. God Bless him, and his...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Amber O'Conner - Huntsville, AL

“Rick was the uncle that I never had.He was around from the time I was about 3. Its hard to imagine him not pestering me. God Bless him, and his...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Amber O'Conner - Huntsville, AL

“Rick was a friend of mind and was a great tutor to me for HAM radio. He will be greatly missed. ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Jason Dubose - Huntsville, AL

“We knew Rick for over 20 years. Allot of fun to work and play with. Always willing to help in any way he could and always a friend. We had some...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Bob and Pat Follis - Huntsville, AL

“Dear Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of Rick's death. Feel my arms around you, and know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine what it...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Connie L. Bickel - Constantine, MI

“The loss of a friend is never easy and Rick was a good friend. But the loss of a family member is the worst pain one can have. the pain will ease...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Troy King - New Market, AL

“Dear Rich, You are in my thought's and prayers.My son Alan went to be with his Heavenly Father on his 56th birthday July 14th 2012.God has never...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Sylvia Tomlinson Lee - Vass, NC

“A good friend of mine for a long time, helped me with everything from antennas to power supplies. He was always willing to help anyone in anyway he...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Jerry Massa - Huntsville, AL

“I am so sorry for your loss!! You have our sympathy and may the Lord comfort you through this very difficult time. ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Darlene & Vernon Plank - Goshen, IN

“I am so sorry about Rick. Now he is in heaven with Judy an his wife. I wish I could be there for all of u, but we are now in Fl. But U are in my...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Carol Jones - North Port, FL

“Dear Family, Our hearts are heavy, but our souls are enlightened to know Rick is with our Father in Heaven. May the Lord of Abraham and Moses...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Dan, Teresa, Alycia and Ryder Rhodeback - OH

“Rick was a good friend and mentor. He taught me much about ham radio, and was always helpful in keeping the volunteer-supported repeaters in...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Herndon Elliott - Madison, AL

“Rick was a good friend for over 20 years. He helped me with ham radios problems over the years; even helped put up two antenna towers for me. I and...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Terry Baughman - Huntsville, AL

“I've known Rick for about 20 years. He was a good friend. I gave Rick his ham radio exam upgrade to Extra class several years back. I remember a trip...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Dean Thompson - Athens, AL

“Rick was my best friend for many years. He was part of our family here in Alabama. Cindy and I will miss him greatly. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Joe & Cindy Henderson - AL

“I am truly blessed to have known Rick as a friend and fellow amateur radio operator. He was always willing to help anyone with a problem, even if it...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Terrell Swindall KM4N - Madison, AL

“Rick was a good friend of mine and many here in Huntsville. He was very gifted in electronics and could repair just about anything. He was always...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Charlie and Nina Emerson - AL

“A true frend for the twenty four years I have known him. He will be missed. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Jeral Everett - Coldwater, MS


Richard L. "Rick" Earl, Jr. age 52 of Huntsville, Alabama and a former resident of Constantine and Three Rivers went to be with his Lord and Savior early Saturday morning December 8, 2012 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born January 13, 1960 in Three Rivers, Michigan a son of Richard L. and Nancy (Baker) Earl, Sr. Rick attended elementary and middle school in Constantine, Michigan. In 1975 he moved to Waterford, Michigan where he graduated from Waterford Mott High School with the class of 1978. Following graduation he continued his education at Glen Oaks Community College for one year. In the fall of 1979 he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 1980. Rick received extensive schooling in electronics at Lawry Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. After his schooling he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington and served one year in Seoul Korea. He continued his military career at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama until his honorable discharge in 1989 at which time he applied for a civil service position to the federal government as an I.F.T.E., electronic specialist. On June 21, 1980 he married Dawn Marie Brown in Denver, Colorado. She died May 3, 2009. Rick attended the Harvest Baptist Church in Harvest, Alabama and had made his home in Huntsville for over 26 years. He was actively involved with Amateur Radio (Ham) for his entire working career. He participated in various activities for the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club including weather programming from the local TV station, taught classes at the local tech college, plus did testing for people interested in getting their Amateur Radio Licenses, during which he received numerous awards. He is survived by his father: Richard L. Earl, Sr. of Sturgis, Michigan; mother: Nancy Johansen of Goshen, Indiana; sister: Kathy (Gary) Roth of Shipshewana, Indiana; brother: Trenton (Shelly) Leach of Nolensville, Tennessee; nephews: Sullivan Leach and Harrison Leach and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife and step-mother: Cindy K. Earl. The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. Funeral services celebrating the life of Rick Earl will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Deb Johnson will officiate. Entombment will follow the service at the Sturgis Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Rick's memory consider the IU Health Goshen, 200 High Park Ave., Goshen, IN 46526 or the Good Samaritan Hospice, 540 Hughes Rd., Madison, AL 35758. The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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