Rickey Allen “Rick” Willhoite, 60, of Madison, Indiana, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at his home in Madison.
He was born Oct. 28, 1960, in Madison, to Clayton H. and Ethel Peterson Willhoite. He was raised on Rykers Ridge and graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in 1979. He went to US Army boot camp and was transferred to the National Guard and served for four years. He loved music, singing, playing the guitar and played in area bands around Madison. He had delivered newspapers on a Madison route early in life and later worked as a union painter. He also worked for the U.S Shoe Factory in downtown Madison until it closed and for Arvin Sango for 17 years as a fork lift operator. He married Lorrie Beth Hammond in Madison on July 29, 2012. He was a member of the North Madison Christian Church, a guitarist and singer with the praise and worship team and enjoyed riding his Trike and participating in the Hog Motorcycle Club. He loved his dog, Cookie.
Survivors include his wife of nine years; his sister, Rozella Newman of Madison; his brothers, Bob Willhoite of Hanover, Indiana and Larry Willhoite of Carrollton, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, William and Edith Peterson and Attie Lewis; and several nephews and a niece, his uncles and aunts and other relatives.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 26, at the North Madison Christian Church in Madison. Private interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Visitation is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the church.
A final salute and military honors will be conducted by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rick Willhoite Remembrance Fund or the North Madison Christian Church. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.