Clifford “Skip” Ricke Memorial Scholarship

Clifford “Skip” Ricke was born in the Bull Fork area of Franklin County, Indiana in 1929.  The Ricke family made the short move to the Clarksburg area while Skip was still in grade school.  Skip, his two brothers, and three sisters all attended Clarksburg Schools.

At a young age, Skip started farming with Frank Beal, the Ricke family’s landlord at the time. Skip entered the armed forces and was very involved with the Korean War, and he sure saw a lot while he was there as well. He returned home in 1953 and married his wife, Anna May Haunert.  Together, Skip and Anna had six children, three boys and three girls.

Skip continued where he left off when he returned home from the service, by starting up his farm again. He raised beef cattle, dairy cattle, chickens, sheep, and for the most part, swine.  When farming slowed down enough for time to allow, Skip really took a deep initiative to give back to the community. He was very involved with the Decatur County Community School’s School Board, the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Board, and the Soil and Conservation Board.  

Everyone in his family commented that he really wanted to give back to the community. He continued to give back to the community and farm up into his late age. It was November 3, 2008 when Clifford “Skip” Ricke passed away from the after effects of a heart attack. After his passing, the family received many donations in Skip’s memory.  Mark Ricke, Skip’s son, was the key person in creating the Acorn Fund Scholarship that will now forever memorialize his father. The scholarship is given to a Decatur County graduating student interested in an agricultural career.