Condolence From: Dave, Julie and Kade Miers, Cincinnati, OH
Condolence: Dear Michelle, Mason and Maddox -
We are so very saddened to hear about Jeff. We have many fond memories of him cheering on the all of the Reso boys in lacrosse, as well as his wonderful sense of humor. May God provide you each with peace and comfort.
The Miers Family
Condolence From: Sandy Skarl, Westerville, OH
Condolence: Last time I saw Jeff he was with his family several years ago volunteering with Salvation Army ringing the bell for donations at Kroger in Westerville…I dropped money in the kettle and thanked the family for being there and then realized it was an old high school friend and his family. That pretty much sums it up…what a nice guy and wonderful family!! I was shocked to hear the news about Jeff. I read many of the comments left here about Jeff from other people..he left the world in a better place and had a positive impact on everyone. I am so very sorry for you loss. I will say a prayer for your family. God bless you all!!
Condolence From: Terry, Steve, Ben and Drew Martin, Lewis Center, OH
Condolence: Michelle, Mason and Maddox. Our time with your family and your dad takes us back to St. Michael and Irish flag football and baseball. Jeff was an incredible husband, father and coach and we were blessed to have him and you in our lives. Sports and schools may have separated us but know we are thinking of you and praying for Jeff and all of you at this difficult time. You know where we are please let us know how we may help.
Condolence From: Cheri Kamer, Clintonville, Ohio
Condolence: I’m so sorry to hear of this huge loss. I’ll be thinking about you, Michelle. Of course, I’ll be thinking of the whole family. Prayers for peace during this very hard time.
Condolence From: Kimberly Selchan, Lewis Center, OH
Condolence: Oh Jeff, you were such a goofball and brought a light-hearted attitude to an often stressful environment! Your fist bumps to my team and oh my goodness - your facial expressions, priceless!! Especially the one you would give when someone came up to whine about something trivial always brought a smile to my face!
You showed your teams that by just doing what we already know is the right thing to do, there was no issue worth ruining your day. You really were like a team dad. You brought your boys to the office in your heart and conversations, and made your work kids feel respected. I’m thankful I was part of your Chase family Jeff.
Condolence From: Jason Hartman, Lewis Center, OH
Condolence: Michelle, Mason, & Maddox -
We are still in shock with the news of Jeff's passing. I have a lot of fond memories of Jeff from when we coached football together at St. Paul. Jeff was such a calm and gentle person, I just really always admired his demeanor. We shared a lot of good laughs. You've very blessed to have had such a great man in your lives. Please accept our sympathy and know that we will continue to pray for all of you.
Jason & Dawn Hartman & Family
Condolence From: Robert Blinn, Bonita Springs, Florida
Condolence: When you attempt to define a ‘good man’, all you have to do is follow the path that Jeff ‘Riggins’ Rickens provided.
A loving Husband, Father and a Friend to all. Jeff was blessed with an engaging personality and the intelligence necessary to be a leader and mentor.
Jeff will be missed but his spirit will prevail.
My strength and prayers, Michelle.
Condolence From: Andi Shank, Dublin, Ohio
Condolence: My sincere sympathy goes out to Jeff's entire family. I have so many memories with Jeff and his family in his early school years. What an amazing guy! Always had a smile on his face, and could always make you laugh with a quick joke! May you rest in peace Jeff.
Condolence From: Bob Maupin, Grandview Heights, Ohio
I have tried to write this 10 times. I cannot. As I said, there are no words. I love you and the boys. We have always been close cousins, even though we haven't gotten to spend much time together. Just know, you will be in my heart and mind forever, as you always are.
Jeff, I know you are listening - thank you for being THE best man anyone could ever be as a husband, son and father. Your legacy will live forever. You are loved and missed by so many.
Condolence From: Jim Seward, Etna, OH
Condolence: Michele, Maddox, and Mason,
I am so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. As many others have said, he was such a great man. He had so much love for his family and was so proud of his boys. Take comfort in the positive impact he had on so many people.
Almost 15 years ago Jeff took a chance and hired me on at Chase, marking a drastic shift in my career at that point. I was immediately in awe of his charisma, and how he always kept a positive attitude even in the face of adversity. He always wanted to see those who worked with him succeed and would help in any way he could. He was a great mentor, and I wouldn't be where I'm at today without him. He will always live on in our hearts and in our lives.
Jim "Jimmy" and Lois "LoLo" Seward
Condolence From: Matthew Jehn M., Worthington, OH
Condolence: Truly a great man! You are in our thoughts and prayers …God Bless!
Condolence From: Jackie Mohr, Toledo, ohio
Condolence: Michelle and family our hearts are broken beyond words for you. We will never forget you and Jeff for opening your home and hearts to us. From our very first time we met to loving open arms of warm bears hugs over the years. Such a small world. As my brother Ed and Shelly's Czerniak daughter Adison went to school with your boys. Shelly also knew Jeff through work. We all are grieving for you. Jeff's huge smile, loving heart and laughter will be forever etched upon our souls. Lifting you in prayer that God may surround you with the love of family, and support of friends to carry you in the days ahead. Please let Darlene and family know they are in my thoughts and prayers. Jackie and Zuella
Condolence From: Dan Garrick, Columbus, OH
Condolence: To the Rickens family and friends
On behalf of the students, faculty, administration, alumni, and parents of Saint Francis DeSales High School please accept our deepest condolences for the passing of this beautiful soul. To all who were blessed to interact with Jeff Rickens his priorities were immediately clear. Jeff personified what it meant to love your family, love your friends, and most importantly be an authentic servant leader. He was indeed a model Patriarch for his beloved sons Mason and Maddox in that he taught them how to care deeply and to truly live one's faith through your actions. That is why they are remarkable leaders.
Both Saint Paul School and Saint Francis DeSales High School have been positively impacted by the Rickens family and for that we are grateful to Jeff and his soulmate Michelle. During this time of grief please know that both Saint Paul and SFD hold you in our prayers. May Christ's abundant love and the warmth of your memories lift you during these difficult days.
The greatest legacy that a person can leave is found through the deep love of family and friends. There is absolutely no question that Jeff Rickens' legacy will live on through those who loved him dearly. Eternal rest be granted to him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him.
Peace and God's Blessings
Saint Francis DeSales High School
Condolence From: Linda and Ted Baldwin, Mount Gilead, Ohio
Condolence: Our prayers are with you at this time of such great sorrow. Jeff was a kind and generous person we were lucky to have known him. Our hearts are breaking for you.
Condolence From: Robert Dunmyer, Cresson, PA
Condolence: Michelle and boys: Sorry for your loss and I have sympathy and understanding of what you are going through. Sorry that I could not attend but you have my blessing.
Condolence From: Paul Kelley, Pickerington, Ohio
Condolence: Rickens family,
You have my sincerest condolences on your loss. Jeff was a good leader and friend. He was one of the first people I saw in the morning when I came to work. We sat in the same row at Huntington. He was always kind and welcoming and ready to have a good day. He was one of the reasons why I wanted to work in the mortgage department. I will miss his voice and his quick remarks when there was something funny to say. This is a terrible loss and something that will take time to heal from. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
All the best, Paul Kelley
Condolence From: Linda and Ted Baldwin, Mount Gilead, Ohio
Condolence: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have fond memories of Jeff and his kind heart! Our prayers are with you at this time.
Condolence From: Michelle and Matt Maxie, Denver, CO
Condolence: Michelle, we are so shocked and sad by the news about Jeff. He is someone I will always remember and treasure the times we spent and the fact he called me a friend. Both Michelle and I send all our love and prayers to you, the boys and the entire family. God bless you all!
Condolence From: Jim and Cassie Cherichello, Charleston, South Carolina
Condolence: Michelle, Mason and Maddox,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jeff is gone way too soon. He was loved by so many and will truly be missed. We are blessed to know him and your beautiful family. May God give you strength and comfort at your time in need.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
The Cherichello Family
Condolence From: John & Janice Seymour, Delaware, Ohio
Condolence: Dear Michelle & Boys, we are so saddened to hear about your loss. Jeff was always so friendly and approachable for everyone around him. I have never met a kinder man that always had a smile and a kind word to say to everyone he met. Our sincere condolences for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
-John & Janice Seymour
Condolence From: Tim and Jennifer McElheny, Duncansville, PA
Condolence: Michelle, Mason, Maddox - We are so sorry for your loss. Jeff will always be in our hearts and thoughts.
With love and remembrance, Tim and Jen
Condolence From: Colleen Ralph, Springboro, OH
Condolence: Such a wonderful man. Michelle, Mason and Maddox you know we are all praying for you. So much love sent your way. Rest In Peace Jeff. We will meet again some day. You are loved.
Condolence From: Dee Dee Paulo, Shelby, Ohio
Condolence: Michelle, Maddox and Mason Our thoughts and every prayer are with you at this extremely difficult time. May you feel all of the love and support to help comfort you. To say Jeff was one of a kind is an understatement
Condolence From: Barbara and William Lawrence, Canal Winchester, Ohio
Condolence: Michelle Mason Maddox, Jeff was so proud of you all. It was very obvious. He was a good man. He will be terribly missed. Gentle and kind full of love for his family. we are deeply saddened, as you all are, by his passing. He will live forever in all our hearts. We love and pray for peace, strength and joy in his memories. Willy ( Dad ) and Barbara
Condolence From: Andy Mahle, Sunbury, OH
Condolence: Words cannot express our sorrow after learning of Jeff's passing. He was a one of a kind. Such a good man, an awesome husband and dad. His love for Michelle, Mason, Maddox was always on display. We were blessed to know him and he will be greatly missed. May perpetual light shine on his soul.
Condolence From: Darrell & Pattie Ayers, Galena, OH
Condolence: Michelle, Mason & Maddox,
Words cannot adequately describe how sad we are for your family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future as you face challenging times ahead. We cherish the many fun and exciting memories our families have shared over the past years. Jeff was so proud of you all, especially his boys, it was evident in everything did, how he lived his life! We hope you find peace in the days to come knowing how much you were loved. Please know we are here for you all.
Condolence From: Eddie & Rena Norman, Munroe Falls, OH
Condolence: Michelle and Boys,
So sorry for your loss. Jeff was such a good person and always fun to be around. We are sending hugs and prayers for you all. May God give you strength and help you through this painful tragedy.
Eddie & Rena Norman
Condolence From: Tammie and Joe McCall, Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Condolence: We are so sorry Michelle...it is hard to believe. May you and the boys stay strong thru this difficult time. Jeff will always be remembered. He was a fun, loving person. We send our prayers to you and the family. God Bless you all
Condolence From: Ed Russell, Myrtle Beach, SC
Condolence: I am just flabbergasted and at a loss for words. My condolences to all of you and peace be with you. Rest in peace Jeff.
Condolence From: Mindy Utz, Shelby, Ohio
Condolence: Tami, my heart is just broken for you. I’m so very sorry about Jeff’s passing. Lots of good memories. I love you very much, Best Friend.
Condolence From: Tracey VanVoorhis, Columbus, OH
Condolence: Michelle, Mason and Maddox,
We were so saddened to hear the news of Jeff’s passing. The two of you were always full of smiles ans hugs whether our boys were on the same side of the field or not. The the love Jeff had for your family and the pride he took in his sons was always obvious. Our hearts go out to you all and you are in our thoughts and prayers. He will always remain with you in your hearts.
Our deepest condolences,
The VanVoorhis Family
Condolence From: Patrick DiMeo, Lewis Center, OH
Condolence: Michelle, Mason and Maddox, you have our deepest sympathy on the passing of Jeff. May God Bless you and provide comfort to you. He was a very good man and remember what he taught you.
Condolence From: Scott Schoenberger, Columbus, Ohio
Condolence: I am so shocked and heartbroken at learning of Jeff’s passing! He was such a wonderful person and I will always remember the fun times I had with you both for many years! Indian Lake, Fishing, etc! Continuous prayers for the family and many friends he leaves behind! I love you and the boys and hope you receive comfort and peace during this time of loss!