ANTIMONY — Max Thomas Ricketts, 88, Antimony, passed away March 29, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born March 4, 1931, in Antimony to Murle Elisha “Lyle” Ricketts and Nelda Day Ricketts. He graduated from Piute High School.
At the age of 18, Max enlisted in the United States Air Force serving during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. He married Carolyn Jean Curtis. They were the parents of one son, Tommy. They were later divorced.
Max moved to Las Vegas where he operated service stations. While in Las Vegas, he began working in the casino industry and retired as the special promotions director at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.
In 1978, Max married Patricia Jean Peters. Max and Tommy along with Patricia and her two children, Sherry and Frank, became a family. After his retirement in 1999, Max and Patricia moved to Antimony. Max was an avid golfer and sunk a hole-in-one on multiple occasions. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, prospecting and camping with his wife and children. He also enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to fish and pan for gold.
Max was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in various callings.
Max is survived by his children, Sherry Ebarb and Frank (Marie) Fausset; daughter-in-law, Charla Ricketts; sisters, Janet (Lloyd) Anderson and Gloria (Marvin) Porter; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ricketts; son, Tommy Ricketts; sister, Beth (Leo) Knell; brothers, Bud (Enid) Ricketts and Leland Ardell (Sandra) Ricketts; and his parents.
Memorial services were held Friday, June 7, at noon in the Antimony ward chapel with Bishop Raymond Henrie conducting.
A family prayer was shared by Lyle Davis (nephew) and the invocation was given by Linda Francis (niece).
The organist was Roma Henrie with chorister Becky Dean. Musical selections included congregational hymns, “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” and “How Great Thou Art.”
A life sketch was offered by Blade Ricketts (grandson).
Speakers included Jeffrey Van Rhyn Jr. (grandson), Tim Westwood (friend), Lyle Davis (nephew) and Ken Roberts (friend).
Closing remarks were provided by Bishop Henrie and the benediction was offered by Calvin Gleave (friend).
Pallbearers included Blade Ricketts and Jeffrey Van Rhyn Jr.
Honorary pallbearers included Nevada O’Cull and Beau Ricketts.
Interment was in the Antimony Cemetery.
The dedicatory prayer was provided by Marvin Porter, with military honors by V.F.W. Piute Post #7561and Air Force Honor Guard.
Compassionate services were provided by the Antimony LDS ward Relief Society.
Funeral directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.
Online guestbook at maglebymortuary.com.