Dr. Homer Rickabaugh Obituary

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Dr. Homer Tyndale Rickabaugh

December 11, 1932 - December 28, 2012
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The Reverend Dr. Homer T. Rickabaugh passed away at home Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Dr. Rickabaugh was born Dec. 11, 1932 in Wilmington, Del. to the late Clyde Edward Rickabaugh and Viola Mitchell Rickabaugh. Homer was an Eagle Scout, and graduated as valedictorian of the 1950 Class of the Montoursville High School, Montoursville, Pa. He received a bachelor of arts degree in Philosophy from Maryville College in 1954, and graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 1957. Homer was ordained to the ministry by Northumberland Presbytery in Pennsylvania that same year. His first call in ministry was to serve as a missionary of the...
The Reverend Dr. Homer T. Rickabaugh passed away at home Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Dr. Rickabaugh was born Dec. 11, 1932 in Wilmington, Del. to the late Clyde Edward Rickabaugh and Viola Mitchell Rickabaugh. Homer was an Eagle Scout, and graduated as valedictorian of the 1950 Class of the Montoursville High School, Montoursville, Pa. He received a bachelor of arts degree in Philosophy from Maryville College in 1954, and graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 1957. Homer was ordained to the ministry by Northumberland Presbytery in Pennsylvania that same year. His first call in ministry was to serve as a missionary of the Presbyterian Church U.S. in South Korea. Beginning in 1957, Homer taught English at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Seoul. In 1960, Homer returned to the U.S. and to Richmond, Va. for post-graduate study at Union Theological Seminary. It was in Richmond that he met Natalie Abbott, and they were married in St. Louis in Aug. of 1961. The two traveled together to South Korea and served as missionaries there for the Presbyterian Church from 1961 to 1979. Homer engaged in evangelism among college students in North Cholla province for a portion of his sojourn in Korea and also served as assistant to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Korea. In 1979 Homer and Natalie retired from the mission field, and spent a year in Clinton, S.C., where Homer served as Missionary in Residence at Presbyterian College. In 1980 Homer served the Philippi Church near Raeford, and in 1981, he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. In 1982 Dr. Rickabaugh accepted a call to be pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Morganton, where he served until 1987. The final chapter of his career was as a member of the staff in the Worldwide Ministries Division of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church, where he was consultant and coordinator for more than 100 partnerships between Presbyterian churches in the United States and their partner churches all around the world. Dr. Rickabaugh served as Parrish Associate for the Pewee Valley Church in Kentucky in the early 2000's, and in 2003 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In retirement, Homer was active in the Association of Presbyterians for Cross-Cultural Mission, and continued to be active in the First Presbyterian Church (USA) of Statesville. Statesville was where he made his most recent home with his beloved wife, Natalie Rickabaugh, who survives. Dr. Rickabaugh was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Barry Livingston Rickabaugh and Ramon W. Rickabaugh. Surviving siblings are Doris Rickabaugh Cinque (Lou), of Philadelphia, Pa., Carey "Rick" Rickabaugh (Glenda), of Sunrise, Fla., and Janet Rickabaugh White (David), of Prescott Valley, Ariz. Also surviving are three children, Beth Rickabaugh Setzer (Dennis), of Statesville, Dr. John Clyde Rickabaugh (Sandra), of Morehead City, and Judy Rickabaugh Candler, of Morganton; and five treasured grandchildren, Mark Ryan Rickabaugh, John Parker Rickabaugh, Sara Margaret Setzer, Rachel Caroline Setzer, and Andrew Davis Setzer. The family will receive friends at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home today, (Monday, Dec. 31), from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A memorial service will be celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Statesville. A graveside service and burial will follow on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 10 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville. The family of Dr. Rickabaugh requests that memorials be made to the World Mission Division of the Presbyterian Church USA c/o Hunter Farrell, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396, Iredell Christian Ministries 322 East Front St., Statesville, NC 28677 or First Presbyterian Church 125 North Meeting St., Statesville, NC 28677.

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