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Vernon David Ricketts

July 5, 1961 ~ March 21, 2021 (age 59)


Vernon "Big Daddy" Ricketts

Vernon David Ricketts, 59, of Weatherford, TX died March 21, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving wife, children, and friends. He was born in Hillingdon, England on July 5, 1961 to Brian and Marilynn Ricketts.

Vernon's family moved to Canada, and then moved to Michigan when he was 4 years old. They eventually made their way to Texas where Vernon graduated from Peaster High School in 1978. He married Mary Teresa Meza on August 15, 2003. They shared 28 years of life together with their children.

Vernon was an auto mechanic for 25+ years, specializing in BMWs. He then made a career change to a Gas Compression Technician/Supervisor for the remainder of his life. Vernon enjoyed anything outside; camping, hunting, fishing, building race cars, and he loved cooking, especially on his grill smoker. He loved the beach and would take every chance he had to stay at the condo on North Padre Island. He loved to share time at this little piece of paradise with family members and friends. He loved to fish, swim, and walk on the beach. 3 years ago, Vernon fulfilled his dream of becoming a certified scuba diver. He was able to dive in some of the most beautiful waters. He is  known for having a big heart. He never met a stranger and would do whatever he could to help others without a second thought.

Surviving family members include his wife, Teresa "T" Ricketts; his children, Samuel Ramos Jr., Ryan and spouse, Shannon Ricketts, David A. Meza, Chelsey and spouse, Lance Franklin, Mario J. Meza; grandchildren, Lilly, Ryder, Makenna, Reed, Sawyer, and new Baby Ricketts; parents, Brian and Marilynne Ricketts; brother, Kerry Ricketts; sister, Michele and spouse, George Stark; Teresa's parents and family, Fausto and Dolores Meza, Fausto and Sadie Meza, Michael and Cindy Meza, Daniel Meza, and Raquel and Mario Flores. Many other family members including 11 nephews; 5 nieces; 13 great nieces; and 8 great nephews. Vernon has loving aunts, uncles, and cousins in England whom he recently has contacted; and many caring friends and neighbors.

A remembrance service will be held at a later time in Weatherford, TX.


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