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Daniel Jay Rickert, 61, of Hutchinson

Daniel Jay Rickert, 61, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at his home.
Memorial services were held Monday, April 27, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. John Pasche officiating. Ashley Rettig offered the eulogy. The organist was Dr. Joan DeVeen Dixon. Soloist Jim Wendling sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”
Jay Rickert was the urn bearer. Honorary urn bearers were Jody Guennigsmann, Jill Jaskowiak and Jason Quast.
Military honors were by Brownton American Legion Post 143. Interment was in the Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Daniel Jay Rickert was born July 21, 1953, in Glencoe. He was the son of Orville and Lucille (Zimmerman) Rickert. He was baptized as an infant on Aug. 9, 1953, and confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 14, 1967, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. He received his education in Brownton and was a graduate of the Brownton High School class of 1971. He furthered his education at Hutchinson Area Vocational Institute (known today as Ridgewater College), where he received a welding degree.
Mr. Rickert entered active military service in the U.S. Navy on June 24, 1971, in Brownton, and served his country during the Vietnam War. He received an honorable discharge on March 24, 1975, and transferred to the Naval Reserve Manpower Center in Bainbridge, Md., until June 23, 1977.
On July 28, 1990, he was united in marriage to Nancy Crea at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Dustin and Ashley. The couple resided in Brownton for 20 years, and later moved to Hutchinson, where they lived the last four years. They shared 24 years of marriage.
Mr. Rickert owned and operated Rickert Sand and Gravel for 40 years. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He also was a member of the Brownton American Legion Post 143 and the McLeod County Park Board.
Mr. Rickert enjoyed attending car shows and driving truck for his business. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, friends and his customers.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Rickert of Hutchinson; children, Dustin Rettig of Denver, Colo., and Ashley Rettig and her special friend, Jason Quast, of Fargo, N.D.; grandchildren, Jace Rettig, William Vickaryous and Jacob and James Quast; brother, Ted (Becky) Rickert of Brownton; sisters, Konnie (Earl) Brunberg of White Bear Lake, Miriam (Doug) Haugland of Fridley and Paula Rickert of Hutchinson; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Lucille Rickert.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.