Anthony, Rick James (January 27, 1896 - May 25, 1951)

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Heart Attack*** Just as we go to press, word has been received from Mrs. Anthony that funeral services will be held at the Schrader Funeral home in Cheyenne tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 1:30. A second service will be held here Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Masonic Temple.

Douglas Budget - Unknown

Rick J. Anthony, 55, Douglas resident for more than 50 years, died suddenly Monday morning at his home in Cheyenne after suffering a heart attack. His death comes as a great shock to his family and legion of friends.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending word concerning the arrival of a son, Rick, Jr., who is stationed with the army in Japan. Mrs. Anthony told the Budget by telephone yesterday evening that she had talked on the telephone to her son but that the Red Cross cablegram asking for his leave had not yet arrived and that his departure from Japan for Cheyenne was dependent upon army authorities getting this cable. It is believed, however, that the funeral will be Sunday or Monday. Mrs. Anthony also sad that it is planned to have a church service in Cheyenne before bringing the body here for a service at the Masonic Temple. Burial will be in Douglas Park cemetery with the American Legion in charge of the graveside service.

Mr. Anthony is survived by his wife; three sons, Douglas of this city, Rick, Jr., now in Japan, and Udean, now stationed with the army at Camp Cooke, Calif.; a brother, Frank, of Virginia, who is now hospitalized in Washington, D. C.; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Brenninger of Easton, Md., Miss Nell Anthony of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Harry Belknap of Boston, Mass.; one granddaughter, Sharon Lee Anthony of Douglas, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Mr. Anthony had long been active in National Guard and Legion circles and for the past four years had been deputy probation and parole officer for the state of Wyoming with headquarters in Cheyenne.

Rick J. Anthony was born Jan. 27, 1896, at O'Neill, Neb., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Anthony. When but one year of age, he moved with is parents to Douglas which has been his home ever since. He received his education in Douglas schools, leaving in 1916 with the Wyoming National Guard for service on the Mexican border and was called early for overseas duty in World War I.

On July 3, 1922, he was united in marriage here with Miss Viola Sater. To this union were born three children, all of whom survive.

Shortly after being discharged from the army, Mr. Anthony became associated with Troop K of the Wyoming National Guard, and served as supply sergeant, first sergeant, and custodian of the local armory for many years. During World War II he was clerk of the local selective service board. he was a charter member of Samuel Mares Post No. 8, American Legion and was active in Legion circles up until his death. he was a past commander of District 2, and was department finance officer for Wyoming from 1945 until 1949. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, Wyoming Pioneer Assn., 40 and 8, International Footprinters, and several probation and parole officer associations.

Rick, as he was known to old and young alike, derived his greatest pleasure from working with and helping you people. This desire to help the young folks motivated his becoming associated with the state probation and parole department and he was extremely proud of the record being established by those former delinquents under the jurisdiction of his department. He was active in Boy Scout work his entire life and spent a great deal of his time and energy in organizing junior rifle clubs. He was an official referee for the National Rifle association and was never too busy to attend the state junior rifle club meets to assist the boys and girls, who today serve as a living monument to a life well spent.

At the family home in Cheyenne with Mrs. Anthony are her sons, Douglas and Udean, Miss Nell Anthony, Mrs. Belknap, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Foster of Woodbine, Ia., and Mrs. Harry Rigler of Batavia, Ia.