John Peter Rickens
Rickens, John Peter "Pete", 56, Cresson, passed away at his home in Sankertown on November 30, 2019. Born May 15, 1963, Rapid City, SD, son of Robert W. and Janet E. (Moran) Rickens. Preceded in death by his father; and Joe and Craig Baum, whom he cared for. Survived by his mother; children, Amber Rickens (Jason K.), Jason Rickens (Becca D.) and Sarah Smith (Steve); six grandchildren, Kaylee, Aubree and Bailee Rickens, Addison, Dylan and Aiden Smith; siblings, Robert Rickens Jr. (Melissa), Mary Lynn Adams (Randy), Julia Stantello (Ron) and Michelle Rickens-Atkins (Chris); several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins; and very special friends, Mary Estep and Alyssa Rickens. Pete was a former employee of community resources for Independence and Cambria Care Center. He was a lifetime Auxiliary member of the Sankertown VFW post 7377; member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 238, Cresson Knights of Columbus St Ann's Council 4259 and 4th degree member of Prince Gallitzin Assembly 0919. He was avid football fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Pete enjoyed NASCAR, Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, refereeing for Angel Tree and attending his grandchildren's events. He will be known for his love of people and always there for anyone in need. He always loved spending time with his mother, children, grandchildren, and with his extended family, The Jaspers. Friends and family will be received December 4, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. and December 5, 2019 from 2-8 p.m., Anderson Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Mass will be celebrated on December 6, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Church, Rev. Leo Arnone, celebrant. Interment St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the funeral home to help defer expenses. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 233 Keystone Ave., Cresson, "Honored Provider of Veterans Funeral Careā„¢." Condolences may be made at
Published on December 3, 2019


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Stacy Box
Dec 07, 2019
Amber & family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers.

Stacy & Tim Box
Dec 04, 2019
I will miss your smiling face and your hugs when I saw you. Thank you so much for always being there when I needed you. You are now our guardian angel. I will miss and love you forever
Dawn Lundberg
Dec 04, 2019
Pete was a great person & always had a smile on his face ,I knew him from CCC,RIP my friend
Amy Kelley-Ludwig
Dec 03, 2019
I had the privilege Of meeting Uncle Pete only 1 time. During that time he made me feel as though I had ALWAYS been a member of the family.
Cara Coleman and family
Dec 03, 2019
We love you Pete, may you be at peace. We send our deepest sympathy and love to all the Rickens family members.
Jeff Kost
Dec 03, 2019
May Pete rest in peace within God's loving arms.
Theresa clinemyer
Dec 03, 2019
Fly high pete we will miss your smiling face and your stupid jokes .but most of we will miss you ..thanks for all the memories dear friend rest in peace ..