James Rickert, age 49, of Olivia, MN died on May 6, 2021 at his residence. A private funeral service will be held at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia.
James Gene Rickert was born on February 15, 1972 in Hutchinson, MN. He was raised by his grandparents on a farm in Brownton. Jimmy received his GED from Ridgewater Technical College in Hutchinson. He continued his education at Minnesota West Technical College in Granite Falls for auto body. Jimmy started working as an independent contractor and then began working full time for PJH Companies, Inc. In 2002, Jimmy met Fay Eisenbraun and the two have been together for 18 ½ years. He worked very hard to make sure that she was always happy, “If Fay was happy, Jimmy was happy.” Jimmy enjoyed giving all of his friends nicknames and in return he was called “Guy” or “Old Man” by those closest to him. He even called all of the cats he saw, “dog.” He loved spending hours outdoors working on cars. On days when the weather wasn’t nice, he spent his time working in the shop. His goal was to open his own shop to restore cars. Jimmy liked any and all movies about WWII and watched many shows on the Investigation Discovery channel. He and his good friend, Mike, would jokingly disagree on which movies were worth watching. Going to Jeff Dunham with his brother, Keith was always a good time. Jimmy had a passion for collecting sports memorabilia and watching sports while drinking a few beers. He enjoyed using his exercise equipment to work out. Spending time with Fay and their friends brought him much joy. Jimmy will be remembered for being a good listener, joking around with his friends especially about those darn barking spiders, and his unique laugh.
Jimmy is survived by his fiancé, Fay Eisenbraun; his special friends: Keith Olinger, Jessica King, Mike & Sara King, Margaret King, Cindy Puls, and Jen “Little One/Hoppy” Kendle; his adopted nieces and nephews: Makkyah Olinger, Alex Olinger, Brenden King, and Nevaeh King. Jimmy was preceded in death by his grandparents and his beloved dogs, Buster and Greta.
Blessed Be His Memory
A Memorial Tree was planted for James
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home
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