Gene Byford Rickfelder, Sr. (77) of Effingham


Published on June 17 2013 9:24 am

Gene Byford Rickfelder, Sr. 77, of Effingham, joined his youngest son Gaius Kristin in heaven on Sunday June 16, 2013 at the Effingham Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Effingham.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Schmidt Park in Altamont on Wednesday June 19th with services to begin at 1:00 pm. Dinner will be provided following the service. Services are in care of Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham. Condolences may be left online at

Gene was born in Greenville, IL, on August 3, 1935 to Herman and Agnes Chance Rickfelder. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Levesta Tipsword. They were married on December 30, 1961 in Dexter, IL.

Gene leaves behind three children; Yanya McReynolds and her husband Tim of Tampa, FL, Kara Rickfelder and her fiancé Ted of Arcola and Gene Rickfelder Jr. and his wife Joanne of Effingham; six grandchildren; Katherine, Mellisa, Matthew, Elizabeth, Philip and Daniel and two great-grand children; Hudsyn and Trinity.

He was preceded in death by his parents, nine brothers and four sisters.