1920 ~ 2016
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,
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
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.