Richard R. “Ric” Varick
Ric Varick, age 52, of Town of Center, passed away unexpectedly at his home on November 19, 2019. He was born April 22, 1967, in Milwaukee, WI, son of Robert and Jane (Griffith) Varick. He graduated from Freedom High School in 1985 and attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Ric graduated in 1989 with a degree in Finance after interning in New York City at the World Trade Center.
The lights of Ric’s life were his three children. His world revolved around everything they did. Their happiness was the most important thing to him. Whether they were playing high school sports or taking their annual Brewer trip, he cherished every moment with them. He was the leader of the “the triangle of trust” and supported everything that was important to them.
Three years ago he was blessed with his first grandchild and in the last few months two more joined the ranks. He went from Dad to “Gampa Ric” and everything changed for him. Being a Grandpa brought immense joy and fullness to his life. He took every opportunity to be with them and spoil them. They will all grow up knowing about their special Guardian Angel.
Ric began his career at Walgreens in 1992. It is where he met his closest friends Mike, Steve, Lee and Scott. He always looked forward to their annual trip to Minocqua. Ric dedicated 27 years to Walgreens. He was loved and revered by his colleagues and employees. He was heavily involved in JDRF for the last 14 years and most recently serving on their board. He also was involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as well as led the Walgreens team for Special Olympics Polar Plunge.
Ric had several hobbies including bowling and cornhole leagues as well as golf. He was an avid fan of The BoDeans and The Cars, taking the spelling of his name from Ric Ocasek. He took pride of his Rix Pix playlist (RF50).
Ric is survived by his children: Dustin (Abby), Reese (Rachel Meyers), and Carissa (Brian Bellile), their children Ivy, Rhoen, and Mays; his parents, Robert and Jane; siblings Tom (Vicki), Linda (Tony) Cooper, Julie (Jeff) Kinjerski, and Sarah Rose (Ryan) Van Camp; his godchildren Miranda, Tasha, and Reegan; dear friend and mother of his children Dori Kinjerski (Vicki Strebel); and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Verkuilen Funeral Home, N3972 N Columbia Ave Freedom, on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm with prayer service to follow. Visitation will continue on Saturday morning at Saint Edwards Catholic Church, N2926 State Road 47, from 9:00 to 11:00 am until the time of the Mass at 11:00 am. Interment will be in Saint Edward Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Ric’s favorite organizations: JDRF, Special Olympics, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
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