Steven William Rickard, 74 of 3696 Coudersport Pike, Lock Haven and 173 Hammocks Landing Drive, Ponte Vedra, Fla., Died on January 1, 2022 of an unexpected accident at his Lock Haven camp.
He was born October 31, 1947 in Lock Haven, son of the late William P. Rickard and Lura Sue Wurster Rickard.
It was often said that when he was born the doctor came into the delivery room dressed in his Halloween costume and that was the start of Steve’s wonderful sense of humor.
He was married to Lori Ann Daly Rickard who survives with her children Melissa (Greg) Peddigree of Lock Haven, Michael (Jen) Rickard of Berlin, Maryland, Matthew (Emily) Rickard of Hublersburg and Brandi (Mike) Daly of Lansdale. He is also survived by Lori’s children, Matthew Daly of Jacksonville, Florida, and Christy Daly of Philadelphia. With his children, he is survived by 11 grandchildren, Brandon, Brett and Bryant Peddigree (Lock Haven), Billy (Kira) Rickard (Mill Hall), Alexis Rickard (Hublersburg), Corinne and Reese Daly (Lansdale), Arimani (Chanse) Davy (Lock Haven), Alayni (Nathan) Alterio (Bellefonte), Jordan and Callie Daly (Jacksonville, Florida) and two great-grandchildren, Beckett Davy and Kade Alterio.
He is also survived by his sister, Kimberly (David) Coleman (Lock Haven) and Michael (Michelle) Rickard of Loyalsock. Additionally, he is survived by his nephews, Adam (Jen), Christopher (Tara) and Kyle Coleman and Chad (Cami) Rickard and Nieces, Lori Jo (Thad) Jennings and Jillian Rickard.
Steve graduated in 1965 from Lock Haven High School in Lock Haven. After graduating, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of the infantry stationed in South Vietnam. After receiving two Purple Hearts, the Vietnamese Service and Campaign Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and a Good Conduct Medal, Steve received an honorable discharge in 1969.
After graduating from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Steve served as a Pennsylvania State Soldier for 22 years. During his tenure with the State Police, Steve was a municipal police instructor and consultant for the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education and a member as an adjunct professor of the Institute of Technology and Management of police force (IPTM) at the University of North Florida.
When he retired from the State Police, he started his own business, Steven W. Rickard and Associates, Inc., and at the time of his death was still working. He was also executive director of the PA Traffic Accident Investigator’s Association. He was a member of the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the TCDLA (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association) and the American Association of State Troopers. Steve has provided sworn / expert testimony in 24 US Federal / Appeals Courts and 32 State District Courts.
He was an instructor at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, teaching several subjects, the Palestinian Authority Municipal Police Officer Training and Education Commission (MPOETC) and the Department of Education of the Palestinian Authority, Traffic Institute for Police Services.
He has also provided accident reconstruction training for foreign, federal and state police services in the following locations: Canada, Province of South Australia, Republic of China, Taiwan, and most states in the United States. United. He is the author of numerous articles relating to the reconstruction of accidents. He has taught numerous technical courses and presented courses and workshops on reconstruction after a motor vehicle accident.
He was a life member of the Hand in Hand Hose Company at Lock Haven. He was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge 260 and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Keystone Lodge No. 41.
Steve was a member of East Main Street United Methodist Church in Lock Haven and Crossroads Church in Jersey Shore.
He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and grandnieces, Sloan and Emily Coleman. Steve looked forward to picnics and vacations when they were all together. He will be sadly missed by his family.
He enjoyed spending time in his camp and taking pictures of the wildlife to share with his friends and family. He also enjoyed his weekly visits to Dunkin Donuts with his coffee group.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family under the direction of Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, 231 High Street, Flemington, PA.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Clinton County SPCA.