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Mr. Richard (Rick) Zwickey lost his battle with cancer on October 19,2022. Rick would have been 75 on October 21. Rick, loving father and husband, fought hard the last 5 years to stay with his family. Rick, born as the youngest of 3 in Neenah, Wisconsin on October 21, 1947 to father Richard (Dick) Zwickey and mother Elizabeth (Betty) Zwickey was an electrical engineer at Kimberly Clark from which he retired in 2003. Rick’s career took him and family to many parts of the country, but eventually found a home in Fairhope, Alabama, where he and his wife enjoyed friends, family, and living by Rock Creek Golf Course. Rick’s family was his pride and joy, however he enjoyed many other interests. Rick was an avid golfer always striving to perfect his swing while playing with his son, father, and friends. He always said, “It’s all about the rhythm.” A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, you could always find him watching SEC football on Saturdays in the fall. His birth in Wisconsin spurred a love for the Green Pay Packers and he mimicked his mother’s love for college bands and their rhythmic half time shows. Rick loved to have a good time with his family and friends, and you would often find him with a glass of George Dickel listening to classic rock or reading about history, when he was not on the golf course, watching football, or playing cards with his wife Linda.
Rick is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Zwickey, his daughter, Kristen Bowman, and his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Heather Zwickey. Three of the greatest joys in Rick’s life were his three granddaughters, Zoe, Taylor, and Sydney. His love of sports was passed on to them.
In honor of Rick’s life the family will have a Celebration of Life in Fairhope, AL on November 12, 2022 at Rock Creek Country Club from 3 pm-6pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to St. Jude Children Hospital in Memphis, TN or Columbus Hospice in Columbus, GA in Rick’s name to honor him.
Richard J. Zwickey ultimately lost his battle with cancer but won the battle of life. One of Rick’s favorite stories to tell started with, “If you see me running, someone is chasing me.” Undeniably, Rick had a zest for life that others chased endlessly. Rick’s strong faith and trust in the Lord has led him to cross the finish line and is finally at peace. Rick always wanted to see others enjoying life and would only wish for his family and friends to continue their joy.