Richard Lawrentz Sikorski, 80, departed his treasured 19-year Tellico Village retirement May 13, 2019, at Raintree Terrace in Knoxville.
Rich enjoyed an active life boating, serving with T-BART, dock captains, pontoon picnics, Tellico Cruising Club and lake cleanups. He co-chaired Village garage sales, was a member of the Lions Club and served with his St. Thomas parish. Woodworking was a favored hobby creating bowls, tables and many other items.
He and his wife, Beverly, enjoyed participating with the HABIT program, hiking, attending festival events, traveling, cruising and rides through our amazing countryside to visit the cows. He was always ready with a witty, wisecrack remark and quick smile.
Rich was a 1957 graduate of Highland Park High School in Illinois and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Southern Illinois University in 1961, where he was awarded a full gymnastics scholarship after achieving three Illinois state championships. He was a member of Delta Chi fraternity. His business career took him from Highwood, Ill., to Mattoon, Ill., South Bend, Ind., Brownsburg, Ind., Memphis and Columbus, Ohio.
Rich was born Jan. 30, 1939, in Kansas City, Mo., and grew up in Highland Park, Ill., with his adopted parents, Stanley John and Eleanor Lawrentz Sikorski. He now joins them and his sister, Carol Wilkins, in their heavenly home.
Rich is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly Hansen Sikorski; sons, Scott (Michele), Brett, Brad and Mark (Rumi); daughters, Kailee and Mya; and his treasured furry friend, Sadie.
Many thanks go to all at Raintree Terrace and Amedysis Hospice, the Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Department and our amazing friends and neighbors for their extraordinary outpouring of care and support. Cremation services were provided by the Neptune Society. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the TVVFD, T-BART or St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1580 St. Thomas Way, Lenoir City, with Father Ray Powell officiating. A luncheon reception will follow in the Family Life Center. Visitation will be at 10 a.m.