Rick was born in Waynesboro, Tennessee to Richard and Joye (Gooch) Hager in 1958. He grew up in Houston and graduated from Breaburn Baptist Academy. Rick met Jo Reblin in early 1978 in Springfield, Missouri and married her later that year. This union led to the birth of three daughters, Nikol, Ella, and Cassandra. They made their family home in Lake, Michigan.
Rick followed in his father’s footsteps and became an industrial x-ray radiographer on various pipelines for nearly 30 years. He later became a pipeline auditor, working on various large pipeline projects such as Texas Express, Florida Gas Expansion, Keystone, and Boardwalk. Throughout those years, he made many true and lasting friends.
Although he enjoyed his work, Rick had many outside interests. His seasons were not set by the weather but when Redwing Hockey, Tiger Baseball, Spartan Football or Basketball were about to begin. Rick also enjoyed NASCAR racing; not only watching races on TV, but visiting many tracks and shops, as well as, attending the races. He gained his greatest pleasure, however, from spending time with his children and grandchildren by playing games with them, building them something special, or taking them for a ride on his golf cart.
Rick was 54 when he passed away suddenly at the Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his loving wife Jo, three daughters Nikol (Neil) of North Carolina, Ella of Michigan, and Cassandra of Michigan. Rick was blessed with two granddaughters, Chloe and Kiara, whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by his father Richard (Peggy) of Yale, Oklahoma and his mother-in-law Ina Bo Reblin of Michigan. Other survivors include sisters, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his mother Joye Hager and father-in-law Bob Reblin.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11 am in the basement of Lake Baptist Church. The address for the church is 9144 Gibson Avenue in Lake, Mi 48632.