Feb 02,1952---Jun 22,2022

Richard Franklin St John, Ricky, of Lenexa, Kansas passed from this life surrounded by his loving family on June 22, 2022. 

Ricky was born on February 2, 1952, to L. C. and Jane St. John 

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Cindy, of 43 years. His daughter, Sherry Rowell and son-in-law, Jeff, and granddaughters, Ashleigh and Lauren of Arlington, TN. His daughter, Kim Lakin and son-in law, Chris and granddaughters, Kennedy and Avery of Olathe, KS. His son, John St John and daughter-in- law, Lauren and grandson, Willet and granddaughter, Stella of Olathe, KS. His sister, Mary Jane Utley and brother-in-law, Gerald of Marion, AR. Niece, Kelly Stephens and husband, Richard and great nephew, Brett of Marion, AR. Nehphew, Brandon Stripling, of Memphis, TN. His sister-in-law, Debbie Isbell and Tad of Hot Springs, AR. Nieces and Nephews, Tiffany Isbell, Cortney Gaines, Bo Isbell and Daniel Isbell. 

Ricky’s life began on the farm in Lee County, AR. He shared his Daddy’s love for the land. After graduation, he began his career with Malone and Hyde and Fleming Companies and worked there for 30 years. Ricky retired from IGA after 20 years in December 2020 as an exceptional Area Director. 

Ricky’s heart remained on the farm. After the loss of his parents, Ricky and Mary Jane continued the family farm forming RMJ St John Farms. Ricky found great joy walking the cotton fields with Mary Jane reminiscing of a childhood filled with love. Ricky was taught by example. His love for His Lord, his family kindness to everyone. Ricky had never met a stranger and was friends with everyone he met. His “Lingle Lane” friends and neighbors were infamous. Ricky enjoyed life to the fullest. His pride and joy were his wife, his children and specially his precious grandchildren.  

Celebration of Life will be Monday, June 27 at Lenexa Baptist Church with Visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a service at 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will be on Wednesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. in Marianna, AR.  

The family would like to recognize AdventHealth Cancer Center and Hospital for providing excellent compassionate care for Ricky and his family during the nine months he courageously fought lung and brain cancer. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the AdventHealth Foundation Cancer Center at  https://www.classy.org/give/413910/#!/donation/checkout

or to Lenexa Baptist Church Missions. 

Please join our family in prayers for a cure for cancer! 

 

 



Condolences

Heatherlee Peterman Jun 23 ,2022

Friend/co-worker of Cindy ,Houston ,Texas

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace for your family at this time.

Bob & Jeanne Dykmann Jun 23 ,2022

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Our sincere condolences to your family. Ricky was a wonderful person with such a happy presence. He will never be forgotten… just as your family will continue to be in our prayers always! Bob & Jeanne

Alex Ball Jun 23 ,2022

Family Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

I want to extend my deepest condolences to the entire St. John family. Mr. Ricky was a great man and part of a great family that I have so many wonderful memories with. Mr. Ricky always had a giant smile on his face, a hilarious one-liner to go with it, a firm handshake and simply brightened your day just being around him. He will be missed. Rest in peace. --Alex, Meagan, Leslie and Clark Ball.

Ray & Jana Kuhn Jun 23 ,2022

Friends ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Cindy at the passing of Ricky. We lift up all of your family during this time of grief that the God of all comfort will show Himself to each of you. We will miss the fun outings and great conversations shared with Ricky over the years. We can rejoice knowing that we will see him again in heaven! With love, Ray & Jana

Don Poore Jun 23 ,2022

Friend ,Paola ,Kansas

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ricky’s family. Ricky and Cindy have been dear friends of ours for almost 30 years. Ricky and I shared the fact that we were both proud Southerners and loved good food. Ricky always had a smile on his face even while battling serious health issues. We had a seafood gumbo supper back in February. Ricky had us all laughing and carrying on! I loved Ricky St John. He was truly one in a million. He will be so terribly missed but we all know that he’s in Heaven making someone smile.

Jun 23 ,2022

Friend of Cindy ,Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania

Dearest Cindy and family, you have my deepest sympathies for your loss of this great man. While I never got to meet Ricky St. John in person, I felt through the short conversations I had with him on the phone, and in the stories Cindy shared he was a true gem. And that if we had met we would have been fast friends. It is never easy losing someone who is such a special part of your world. Please know during this difficult time, your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol and BillIverman Jun 23 ,2022

CoWorker and Friend ,Greer ,South Carolina

Carol and I knew Ricky through our work at IGA and our friendship grew from all those wonderful work related and personal relationships. He affectionately called Carol his Work “Girl Friend” and she often mentioned how much that meant to her, because Ricky was such a wonderful friend! Cindy, family and closest friends know that Ricky and each of you are in our thoughts and prayers of support through this difficult time and May God Bless each of you!

Sheila Tyler Houvener Jun 23 ,2022

Friend of Cindy’s ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Cindy and family, I’m so very sorry to hear of the loss of your darling Ricky.

Linda King Jun 23 ,2022

DAR sister to Cindy ,Overland Park ,Kansas

May God bless your family during this difficult time! With love, Linda King

Renee Weaver Jun 23 ,2022

Fried ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Cindy and Family: I just heard about Ricky. Our heart goes out to you during this time. Our prayers are with you and if you need anything please let us know. You were there so much during Dad and Mom's passing - we are here for you.

Roger Riekenberg Jun 23 ,2022

Former Lingle Lane next door neighbor ,Paola ,Kansas

St. John family, we’re so sorry for you loss. Ricky was so kind and caring to us, as was Cindy. You adopted us and our kids when we moved in on January 15, 2004. You were the guy who could always give me ideas on how to Arkansas engineer a fix for the house! What a great person, and he was married to such a loving person. We lost touch when we moved to Paola in 2011 and for this I’m very sorry. God bless you Ricky. Roger and Logan

Pam ODonnell Jun 23 ,2022

Friend ,San Angelo ,Texas

Mike & I and our kids have wonderful memories of Ricky & his family while Mike served as Minister of Music & Youth at Calvary Baptist Church, Lenexa. Ricky was always gracious & fun!! We cherish those years… and our friendship continued after we moved. Our prayers are with the St John family during this time of sadness! But someday we will all share Eternity together & will laugh again… Our Love, Mike & Pam ODONNELL Aaron ODONNELL Alyson ODONNELL Hamilton

Wanda Herrera Jun 23 ,2022

Friend ,Mountain Home ,Arkansas

I’m SOOOOOO very sorry to hear about Ricky. I have a lot of fond childhood memories of attending church with everyone at Aubrey Missionary Baptist Church. I’ll be praying for all the family. Love you all

Paula Raney Jun 23 ,2022

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Please accept our sincere condolences as, Ricky, a loving husband and father joins God in His everlasting plan. We deeply understand family loss and pray for you and your family to hold tight to each other and feel the warmth and comfort from Ricky’s continued spiritual love and presence. USAF (ret.) Col. Stephen K. and Mrs. Paula Raney (DAR)

Tony Bender Jun 23 ,2022

Fellow worker ,Lexington ,Kentucky

Ricky was truly loved by all of us who worked with him and knew him. I know I could always count on him and loved him. Cindy I am so sorry for your loss and will always be so happy I knew Ricky .

Sandy Koeser Jun 24 ,2022

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

My deepest condolences to you and yours. Ricky St John was an amazing man. Gentle,kind and so creative.He will so be missed. Prayers to you and your family for God’s comfort and peace.

Tonya McManaway Jun 24 ,2022

Friend ,Marion ,Arkansas

The world has definetly lost a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with my friend MJ and family who I love dearly. Heaven has gained a precious soul.

Tamara Jun 24 ,2022

Mr Ricky - Bobby, I'm so hurt from your familys loss.I didn't come by and see like I should have and I'm sorry that I didn't. Please forgive me. Fly high❤️ Ricky!

Tamara Jun 24 ,2022

Mr Ricky - Bobby, I'm so hurt from your familys loss.I didn't come by and see like I should have and I'm sorry that I didn't. Please forgive me. Fly high❤️ Ricky!

Tamara Jun 24 ,2022

Mr Ricky - Bobby, I'm so hurt from your familys loss.I didn't come by and see like I should have and I'm sorry that I didn't. Please forgive me. Fly high❤️ Ricky!

Shawn Yambor Jun 24 ,2022

Friend/IGA Customer ,Lenoir ,North Carolina

Ricky will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ricky's family during this difficult time. From all of us at Fairvalue IGA, God Bless!

Janell Slater Jun 24 ,2022

Sister of Cindy’s through our DAR John and Hattie Possum Chapter ,De Soto ,Kansas

Oh, my dear, sweet Cindy. I am so very sorry to hear of your tremendous loss in Ricky’s passing. When I read Dee’s message about him I let out a huge gasp. Please accept my sincere condolences. I didn’t get to meet Ricky, but it is obvious he was a great man, husband, father and grandfather. I am so sorry that I will be unable to attend the services. I would be there if I could. Please know I am thinking of u and your family and praying the Lord will comfort you and give you peace. Love, Janell

Mike Ridenour Jun 24 ,2022

Industry Colleague ,Chicago ,Illinois

My deepest condolences for this very sad news. Ricky was an amazing jovial person always bring positive energy to any discussion. I’m thankful for everything he brought to our IGA group.

Terri Olsen Jun 24 ,2022

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Ricky was the type of neighbor that would help you with anything. He was the kindest person you would ever meet. He helped me and my family after the loss of Bob, my husband 20 years ago. He will be missed. Prayers to Cindy and family

Tom Holloway Jun 24 ,2022

Childhood Friend ,Cottonwood Falls ,Kansas

St. John Family. Grew with the St. John’s in Aubrey and have lots of memories of Ricky and he was a fine person. So sorry for your loss.

Barbara Jurkovich Jun 25 ,2022

Friend of daughter Kim ,Lenexa ,Kansas

To Kim and her family . . . My dear sympathies to you, sweet friend. His countenance tells it all, especially in that picture of you and him on the plane! Kim, you are one of the loveliest girls I know and I am sure much of that foundation came from your mom and dad. I pray that you will always be surrounded with the joyful memories of your dad and that you all will keep those memories of him alive through all the grandchildren and theirs and theirs! With sympathy and love. ❤️🙏🕊

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Lenexa Baptist Church
Address:
15320 West 87th Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66219
Date:
Jun 27 ,2022
Time:
5:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Service
Location:
Lenexa Baptist Church
Address:
15320 West 87th Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66219
Date:
Jun 27 ,2022
Time:
7:00 PM
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