Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 29, 2012

Jonathan Bernard Ricks

HELENA, MONT. — Jonathan Bernard Ricks (Jon Ricks) passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in his home in Helena, Mont., after an extended illness.

He was born in Detroit, raised in Birmingham, and spent his summers at the family cottage in Spring Lake. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, and spent the next 30 years as a corporate trust officer. He retired at 52 and moved to Helena in 2003 where he devoted his remaining years to pursuing his passions of fly fishing, hunting and horseback riding.

Jonathan is survived by his wife, Natalie Gonzales; his sons, Jonathan (Tiffany) Ricks Jr., of Traverse City, Lee (Tricia) Ricks, of Helena, Mont.; his stepdaughter, Megan (Josh) Merritt, of Pensacola, Fla.; his older brother, Jeffrey (Patricia) Ricks, of Charlevoix; his younger sister, Michal (Richard) Wheeler, of Grand Haven; one nephew; six nieces, six great-nephews and three great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Elijah Ricks, in 2002; his mother, Ruth Margaret (Guenther) Ricks, in 2010, and his brother, William (Bill) Ricks, in 2006.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 15, in Helena. A second memorial will be held at the Traverse City Yacht Club from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

To offer a memory or share condolences please visit or Jon's Facebook site. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the ALS Association ( or to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (

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