Albert J. Ricard

10/29/1930 — 5/10/2018

Albert J. Ricard, 87, longtime resident of Uniontown, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Pullman. Albert was born Oct. 29, 1930, in Uniontown, to Carl and Elizabeth Ricard. Albert and his brothers and sisters were raised at the family farm just outside of Uniontown.

Albert graduated from Colton High School in 1949. In 1951, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. During the war, Albert was stationed at the front lines operating spotlights. He received the Korean Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Although he did not talk much about his time in Korea, he was proud of his service to his country. He was an active member of the American Legion, serving as Commander of his local post, No. 214, and vice-president of the 7th District.

After his military service, Albert returned to Uniontown, his life-long community. He was the postmaster in Uniontown for 32 years. This was the perfect job for him; he was known for his endless supply of jokes and stories, and enjoyed his role in the community. Albert was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer firefighter for many years.

Albert was a born performer. In his earlier years, he and his partner-in-crime, Jim Soyk, entertained with humorous skits. He performed in Lewiston Civic Theatre productions of "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Carousel," in which he was able to display his self-proclaimed talent for moving heavy scenery. In his later years, he enjoyed singing karaoke at the Uniontown Community Club. Albert's trademark delivery and song selection were the source of good-natured ribbing from his family and fellow karaoke singers.

Albert also enjoyed drawing and painting. His plywood and paint creations were floats for the Johnson Parade and yard decorations for family and friends. In recent years, he enjoyed sharing his drawings with visitors and only a few weeks ago displayed his artwork in an art show for fellow residents at Bishop Place in Pullman.

At the age of 39, Albert gave up the bachelor life and married Susie (Drader) Ricard. They raised their four children in Uniontown. Albert was proud of his children, but he was a pushover for his grandchildren: Erin Bauer, Travis Bauer, Dalton McCann, Alex Ervin, Nick Ervin and Alena Kang.

In addition to his grandchildren, Albert's survivors include his children and their spouses, Kayla and Andy McCann, Stacie and Garrett Kang, Jonni Ricard and Jeremy Ervin and Nathan Ricard and Adam Schweikl; his siblings, Elizabeth (Betty) Lillie and Clarence Ricard; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Susie Ricard; and siblings Reynold Ricard, Lorraine Pearson and Edmund Ricard.

Services will be at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Uniontown. A vigil and rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, and a funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Uniontown Knights of Columbus.

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Tuesday, May 15, 11:00 AM
St. Boniface Church
206 S Street Boniface Street
Uniontown, Washington 99179

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Carlene Heimgartner

Albert was my uncle and godfather. We used to spend a lot of time with him when I was young. He took me to the Seattle World Fair and visited the ocean for my first

time. We went on day trips and hunted rocks! He taught me to love music. My father passed when I was six so Albert was a father figure. ❤️

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 5:55 PM

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