In Memory

Rick Gorham

Richard L. "Rick" Gorham, age 59, of Lincoln, died Saturday, September 14, 2013. Born in Lincoln to Robert and Carol (Martin) Gorham. Rick loved his family and was an avid gardener, loved golf and enjoyed the music of the 60s and 70s. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Lee Ann; son, Ross; daughter, Heather; sister and brother-in-law, Cheri and Randy Shaner; nieces and nephews; and his lifelong friends, Scott Bloom and Fred Thorne.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sep. 20, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St., Lincoln. Visitation Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. Memorials to the Make A Wish Foundation of Nebraska. Condolences:

January 19, 1954 - September 14, 2013

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09/19/13 08:33 PM #1    

Connie Strnad (Cline)

Ricki, Rick, my friend.  When I heard of your passing I cried as you left me with great memories of our youth in High School.  Our song was "Color My World" by Chicago.  You sure could sing but you also loved your golf and were really good at it.  You left me with many memories I will always treasure with our car rides, hanging out together, eating, (you sure could cook a good steak) laughing and enjoying each others company.   I never thought seeing and talking with you at our 40th H.S. reunion would be our last, I was so looking forwards of seeing you at our upcoming reunions.  They will never be the same without you.  You will always be missed especially by me and your closest friends.  You loved your family and children so very much.  I will miss your smile & it will take me time to really come to terms you are no longer with us.  You always will be with us in spirit.  Your family and dearest friends will always remember and honor you at every H.S. reunion.  I give my loving and prayerful condolences to family and dearest friends.

Connie (Strnad) Cline

09/20/13 09:22 PM #2    

Scott Bloom

I became friends with Ricky our Sophomore year and remained so until his passing. I knew him like a brother and he was quite a character. Most outstanding was his sense of humor. Those of you that were in Miss Reiff's class with him saw one of the wildest comedy acts ever presented. He pulled off another one up here in Montana masquerading as a "semi-retired" professional wrestler and had two guys Freddy Thorne's size shaking in their boots. My friend has kept me laughing for 44 years. I'll miss him. Take care Brother Gorham - Scott Bloom

09/23/13 08:39 AM #3    

Anne Alexander (Wagner)

I first met Rick in Mrs. Dworak's math class in 7th grade. He was the first guy to ever call me. I'm so glad I got to chat with him once more at our 40-yr reunion, albeit briefly. His familiar, unique profile always reminded me of a gigantic Teddy Bear. I'll miss his telltale grin, the twinkle in his eyes, and the way his shoulders rocked when he laughed. Godspeed, Rick...

11/13/13 11:04 AM #4    

Dan Eisenhart

We've lost others before Ricky, but this one has been the very challenging for me.  Ricky's life and mine were intertwined from the get go, with school, Boy Scouts, golf, baseball and all the rest.  A sense of humor with a needle.  I don't think many people really know what a special, all-around athlete Ricky was.  Fifth grade was special.  There were two true live wires, in the class: Ricky and Jeannie Martin.  I will miss them both.

11/13/13 09:20 PM #5    

Caroline Pillard (Helget)

I thought I would share something my brother Howard Pillard, shared with me after my telling him about Rick passing. As  some of you know, Rick and I grew up in the same neighborhood , which is the same neighborhood  we still live in. My brother, said he and some friends were playing in our yard, my brother is seven years younger than I,  Some older boys  began hassling them, and then  proceeded down the road about  that time Rick, showed up and ask what was going on, they explained, at that time that part of Scott & Smith was rock, Rick picked  up a rock & hit one of those do the hassling in the back, they turned back, but when they saw Rick they ran the other  the way. Rick, told Howard if they came  back come find him.  That is true Rick Gorham .  

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