Ricky Dale Prince passed away on Tuesday April 14, 2020 after a terrible accident cutting down trees on the family farm in Bemidji, MN. He was 69 years ‘ young”
Ricky was born on December 31, 1950 in Bemidji Minnesota to loving parents Orlyne and Anne Prince. He was born the seventh of 11 children, graduating from Bemidji HS in 1969 and joined the army in 1970. Ricky then spent two years in Vietnam where he received the Silver and Bronze Star. When Ricky came back from Vietnam he met and married Margaret Hilligan in 1973 and had a daughter Lisa, then another daughter Kelly three years later. Ricky went on to vocational school for plumbing and pipefitting , and also joined the National Guard during his last years living in Minnesota
In 1977 Ricky and Margaret moved to Alaska with their two daughters where he started and owned a successful trucking company. They were also quite successful investing in the real estate market. Ricky was well-known for wise business dealings and real estate investments.
Ricky has worked for years across the state of Alaska and counted himself lucky to have met many good friends along the way. Ricky worked with companies in Alaska that included H&H trucking, Wilder, and Eastwind. There were very few pieces of equipment that he couldn't operate, he was definitely a man that you could count on. He had special work connections to Granite trucking and Nordic Ski Club, and he had lots of close friends there and people that were close to his heart. He often used to tell us great stories about work , and said nice things about his co-workers..
Ricky is survived by Margaret Prince; his two daughters Lisa Landsdale and Kelly Prince: 6 grandchildren ; Dane Prince, Mason Smith, Khaner Smith , Isreal Landsdale , Kai Banfield, Shaw Banfield and two great grandchildren Lilly and Layne Prince : Brothers & sister; Steve Prince , Doug Prince ,Ron Prince, Glenn Prince, Gale Prince, Allen Prince, Shelly Christiansen and families. .Orlyne & Anne prince, Sherry Prince, Terry Prince and Dennis Prince preceded him in death.
Ricky was so very loved and respected by his family. We would often seek his advice on many things. Ricky was a great storyteller and often spoke of the love for his family, and funny stories from his childhood. He was getting ready to finally retire at 69 and only had this one last thing to do in Minnesota. We pray every day that heaven has the best retirement plan, and that God gives him a warm beach, and beautiful sunshine. We love you dad and feel you were taken too soon, but you will always be in our hearts and minds and in our children’s laughter and memories.
Service dates will be announced after the Covid-19 pandemic is under control.
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