Artel Ricks
1920 ~ 2016

Artel Ricks entered this world on July 26, 1920 and left it on August 30, 2016, age 96. He is the sixth of nine children born to Hyrum Ricks, Jr. and Alice Cheney. Artel is survived by his brother Clyde. Other siblings include Marvin, Marc, Lavell, Eldin, Welby, Norma, and Wanda.

Artel attended BYU for two years (1939-1940). It was there he met beautiful Focha Black. Focha was offered a job with the Census Bureau and headed to Washington D.C. Artel followed. They were married in the Salt Lake temple on September 3, 1941.

Artel joined the Navy in the Spring of 1944. He served until the end of World War II and on December 1, 1945 was given an honorable discharge with the rank of Seaman First Class.

Like his parents before him, Artel and Focha had 9 children, 7 boys and two girls; David, Richard, James, Douglas, Marie, Donald, Raymond, Ronald, and Rosanne. All are living except James who passed away as a result of a 1963 motorcycle accident. Artel has 41 grandchildren, and to-date, 49 great-grandchildren.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and family have always been important elements in Artel's life. Artel served the Lord in many ways. Among other things he served as branch president, district president, stake missionary and bishop. He served two full-time missions with his wife, Focha. The first one (1983-1985) was centered in Pittsburgh and included finding records for the church to microfilm. His second mission (1995-1996) took him to Nauvoo where he and Focha served as "docents" in which they escorted visitors to Nauvoo through various stores, sites and homes that had been rebuilt and were originally part of "Old Nauvoo".

Artel worked most of his career as a records management expert with the National Archives and Records Service (NARS) of the General Services Administration. In order to advance his career he spent about 20 years of night school at various universities, culminating in 1974 with an MBA from George Washington University. He was 54.

Artel spent the last 7 months of his life at the Courtyard at Jamestown assisted living center in Provo, Utah. The family is appreciative of the wonderful care he received by their staff. Artel lived a rich and full life and is now reunited with his dear wife, Focha, and with his parents and other loved ones.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Cedar Hills West Stake Center, 4580 West Cedar Hills Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah. Family and friends may call Saturday morning, from 8:30-9:30 am prior to services at the Stake Center. Interment will follow services at the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo, Utah.

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