Ric E. Nofzinger passed away on July 29, 2019, at his home in Powell.
He was born to Gordon and Betty Nofzinger on Oct. 22, 1958, in Oregon City, Oregon. He grew up in Mollala, Oregon, moved to Woodburn and Oregon City, before moving to Powell in 1997.
Ric was a very ambitious young man, first working with his grandfather and then graduating early from high school to start his own company, I-5 Industrial Electric, Inc., in Oregon.
Ric married Nanette Mead on July 3, 1986, and they began a partnership that lasted 33 years. Their family grew with the addition of their children: Ashley, Rochelle and Garett.
Upon locating in Powell, in 1997, Ric started another business, R.N. Electric, which he owned and operated until his death. He was involved in automotive rebuilding for 43 years, serving many area residents.
When he was not working at his business, he loved and played all kinds of sports and received many sporting awards. A fan of drag races, he also played online racing. Scuba diving was something he enjoyed doing in his spare time when he lived in Oregon.
Ric was a spontaneous, fun-loving father, who loved impromptu trips to Yellowstone Park. He was best known for his blunt remarks and broad sense of humor. He never knew a stranger and would visit with people as though he had known them for years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He had a work-hard ethic and was an excellent businessman. His tenacity and generosity were something his friends and family were constantly inspired by. Ric will be so very missed by all who knew him well.
He was preceded in death by his son Garett; mother, Betty Nofzinger; father, Gordon Nofzinger; brothers, Ronald and Tony Nofzinger; and his father- in- law, JR Mead.
He is survived by his wife Nanette and daughters: Ashley (Lance) Lucas, and Rochelle Nofzinger (Josh Downer); grandchildren: Aliyah Nofzinger, Bentley Downer and one on the way; and his best buddy Rocky.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place.
A donation fund has been set up at First Bank of Wyoming, in Nanette Nofzinger’s name to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneral.net or mailed to PO Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.
Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.