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Mike Rickertsen Obituary

February 16, 2017 by Gregory Reynolds (Register to contact)

Michael Houston Rickertsen, age 55, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
Mike was born to John J. and Reta J. (Turosky) Rickertsen on February 13, 1961 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, WA.
Michael is survived by his children, Meghan & Braedan (Kitsap Peninsula); his sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl & Richard Reeves (Long Beach, WA); nephews: Jesse Duprey (Spokane), Trevor Duprey (Iwakuni, Japan), & Bradley Duprey (Camp Pendleton, CA).
He grew up in NW Spokane and attended Finch Elementary, Glover Jr. High, and graduated with honors at Shadle Park High School. Upon graduation, Michael joined the US Marine Corps as a reservist 0621 Field Radio Operator and attained the rank of Sergeant; and during that same time period, he attended Eastern Washington University and graduated with a BA degree in Marketing and Sales.
Michael's career took him many places around the US; Florida, California, Idaho, Oregon and then finally returning to Washington.
He resided in Tum Tum, WA where he had spent many childhood summers and weekends at his grandparents' home. He treasured his surroundings and welcomed everyone he knew to come and enjoy "the lake" and peacefulness with him. Tum Tum was where Mike was when God called him away from us.
Mike enjoyed life in many different ways. He loved listening to the commentators and talking politics with anyone and everyone. He was an avid reader and had knowledge on just about any subject you put in front of him - history being one of his favorite topics. Mike loved roaming Rail Canyon to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the forest his grandfather once walked - sharing every story thinkable to everyone - but mostly to make sure his nephews knew the history. Mike loved being around others; he was a very good friend to many - most would say he'd do anything for each of them; he'd never tell ya "no". Mike had a sense of humor like no other - and the knack to make a friend anywhere! And last, but not least loved his "Hawks" - a fan since their beginning!
Mike is and will always be greatly missed by many.
A Memorial service will be Saturday, Jan 28th at 4:00 pm, Heritage Funeral Home, Spokane.

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Shadle Park High School under brief lockdown following student’s threats  The Spokesman-Review

A Shadle Park High School student was arrested inside a classroom Wednesday after Spokane police say he threatened to shoot up the school.



Shadle Park HS receives second threat this week, not credible according to SPS  KREM.com

Shadle Park receives second threat in as many days, but Spokane Public Schools say Thursday's isn't credible.



Student detained following lockdown at Shadle Park High School  KHQ Right Now

Shadle Park High School was placed into a lockdown Wednesday morning.



Father alleges autistic daughter abused, injured at Shadle Park High School  The Spokesman-Review

A severely autistic teenage girl endured severe physical abuse this year while being held in an unpadded room at Shadle Park High School, her father alleges.



Eyes on the skies: New course gives Shadle Park students a taste of aerospace manufacturing  The Spokesman-Review

This summer, Spokane Public Schools' board formally adopted the Shadle Park aerospace technology pilot program as an approved curriculum.



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Spokane Public Schools: Social media 'SHS' threat not credible, generic  KREM.com (subscription)

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Shadle Park sprinter Tony Pizzillo ranks as triple threat  The Spokesman-Review

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Spokane teachers ratify new contract, agree to average salary increases of 13.3 percent  The Spokesman-Review

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North Spokane stabbing suspect has history of violent attacks  The Spokesman-Review

Corey A. Taylor, 23, appeared in court Friday after police say he stabbed a man in north Spokane.



Shadle Park HS quickly put on lockdown after report of student with gun  KREM.com (subscription)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Police are still searching for the student who showed a gun to another student at the Shadle Park Public Library before school.



Shadle sprinter Tony Pizzillo  The Spokesman-Review

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Shadle Park milk controversy mostly solved, Darigold says  The Spokesman-Review

Darigold announced Friday that it has located most of the milk cartons that somehow contained food-grade sanitizer and water instead of chocolate milk.



Shadle Park High School student arrested on assault, firearm charges  The Spokesman-Review

A juvenile male Shadle Park High School student was taken into custody earlier today after allegedly assaulting another student off campus.



Super Bowl champion – and Shadle Park grad – returns home  The Spokesman-Review

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Spokane Schools pull milk cartons after students find them filled with cleaning solution  The Spokesman-Review

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It’s been a long road for former Shadle Park Highlander headed to Super Bowl LII  The Spokesman-Review

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Spokane Public Schools teachers to vote on salary agreement Thursday  The Spokesman-Review

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Shadle Park grad Bryan Braman to play in Super Bowl  KHQ Right Now

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Students across Spokane area participate in nationwide school walkout  The Spokesman-Review

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Social media threat made against Lewis and Clark High school  The Spokesman-Review

Police are investigating a potential threat made against Lewis and Clark High school on Instagram Saturday night.



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With new raises in employee contract, Spokane School Board agrees to spend more than it earns this school year  The Spokesman-Review

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SPD: Nothing they can do about man with disturbing sign outside library  KREM.com (subscription)

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Shadle Park High marching band  The Spokesman-Review

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Holiday bazaars and arts and crafts  The Spokesman-Review

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Juvenile suspect arrested in connection with threats made against East Valley High School  The Spokesman-Review

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Former Shadle Park High School Teacher Pleads 'Not Guilty' To Sexual Misconduct  KHQ Right Now

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Shadle: Lasting ’50s charm  The Spokesman-Review

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Roundup of Friday's prep track and field playoff action from across the region.



Spokane Public Schools was chosen for a pilot program to increase the availability of AP classes  Pacific Northwest Inlander

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Whitworth, Gonzaga honor eight area seniors named 2018 Act Six scholars  The Spokesman-Review

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Boeing curriculum prepares local students for industry careers  KREM.com

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Hard work helps Shadle Park senior land on his feet at new school, win state wrestling title  The Spokesman-Review

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Central Valley High goes into lockout  The Spokesman-Review

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Shadle Park student expelled, arrested for sexual assault  KREM.com

Spokane Police and Spokane Public Schools detailed how they dealt with the situation.



Most East Valley High School students stay home following shooting threat; suspects identified  The Spokesman-Review

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Man stabbed near North Central High  The Spokesman-Review

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Shadle Park boys basketball coach Tim Gaebe retires  The Spokesman-Review

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Shadle Park High School installs FieldTurf in baseball stadium  The Spokesman Review

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Spokane police arrest man accused of killing his grandfather in Chattaroy  The Spokesman-Review

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Shadle Park graduate sues district over sex case  The Spokesman Review

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With changing times, Spokane’s marching bands fall out of step  The Spokesman-Review

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Window washer dead after fall from downtown library  The Spokesman-Review

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Man sentenced to 16 years to life for child rape  The Spokesman-Review

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Search continues Thursday for Spokane man who mysteriously disappeared in Santa Clara after 49ers football game  The Spokesman-Review

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Suspects arrested in hammer attack in northern Spokane County  The Spokesman-Review

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Post Falls police report bobcat in neighborhood  The Spokesman-Review

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Police arrest suspect in downtown stabbing  The Spokesman-Review

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Deputy identified in shooting near Deer Park  The Spokesman-Review

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Youth Spotlight: Shadle Park’s Cindy Mendoza driven to succeed  The Spokesman-Review

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Thousands rally through downtown at Spokane's March For Our Lives  The Spokesman-Review

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Spokane police investigating East Central stabbing  The Spokesman-Review

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Son accused of shooting mother with pellet gun  The Spokesman-Review

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Deputies arrest Spokane Valley stabbing suspect near Costco  The Spokesman-Review

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Man accused of harassing, threatening 911 operator in more than 20 calls  The Spokesman-Review

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Shadle Park amphitheater torn down because of criminal activity  The Spokesman Review

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Airway Heights police looking for man suspected of child luring  The Spokesman-Review

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Spokane teachers and school board reach salary deal  The Spokesman-Review

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Man stabbed in Shadle Library fled from medical help because he had a warrant for his arrest  The Spokesman-Review

A young man who was stabbed Tuesday in the Shadle Branch Library fled from police officers because of an arrest warrant.



Spokane County sheriff’s deputies on the hunt for suspected bank robbers  The Spokesman-Review

A pair of suspected bank robbers escaped the scene of a silent holdup at a Spokane Valley bank Wednesday morning.



Body discovered near Santa Clara, Calif. stadium where Spokane 49ers fan disappeared  The Spokesman-Review

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Driver flees troopers at 115 mph, crashes at downtown Spokane exit  The Spokesman-Review

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Police arrest man accused of firing gun in Audubon Park  The Spokesman-Review

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Ferris defeats Shadle Park 54-46  The Spokesman Review

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Backhoe attack severely damages home in western Spokane County  The Spokesman-Review

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