In memory of Paul Eugene Ricksecker "Hoby
May 20, 1936 - January 1, 2018
Paul Eugene Ricksecker, "Hoby Tyler," passed away January 1, 2018 at his home in Findlay, OH.
Paul is survived by his wife Barbara, of 43 years, daughter, Debra Neville, son, Michael (Teresa) Ricksecker, stepsons, Jeff (Ellen) Melick and Steve Melick, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother, Steve (Allison) Frantz. Paul was born in Findlay, OH on May 20, 1936, to Paul Edward and Bonnie Ricksecker, who both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by sons, Randal and Paul Jr., granddaughter, Renee, two great grandsons and brother, Jim Ricksecker. Due to an early death of his father, Paul was raised by stepfather, Dean Frantz, now deceased. He was also preceded in death by another stepfather, Orville Smith of Tucson, AZ.
Paul was employed by RCA from 1954 to 1970 and Whirlpool Corporation from 1970 to 1994, retiring as an Industrial Engineer. He graduated from Findlay College in 1981. Paul held past positions as Board Chairman of the Senior Center, Board Chairman of the City Mission, board member of Clyde/Findlay Credit Union, Ohio Defense Corps, President of Findlay Solo Parents, Mayor Carlin Tax Committee and President of Ohio Fellowship of Christian Magicians.
He was a member of Findlay First Nazarene Church and Hancock County Gideons.
Paul was also known as "Hoby Tyler," clown magician. He performed since 1958 in several states and six countries. He holds the title of "World's Fastest Magician," given to him by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Paul requested memorial donations be made to Gideon International to help distribute Bibles to the lost in the world.
A celebration of his life will begin at 3:00 PM at Findlay First Church of the Nazarene, on Saturday, January 6, 2018. The family will receive friends for one hour (2:00 PM to 3:00 PM) prior to the service. Arrangements will be handled by Coldren-Crates Funeral Home.
Paul started as a clown in 1958, working with his brother Jim ans Toby & Hoby.
He held IBM #34395R. Besides being involved with Ring 205 (NOMA) and Ring 68 (Toledo), he was an incorporator of the Ohio Fellowship of Christian Magicians.