MSgt (Ret) Eric “Rick” E.J. Riker, age 65, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 8, 2023. He was born in Arcadia, California on December 8, 1957 to the late James Jefferson Riker and Marilyn Ann Waltman.
Rick enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1977. He retired in 1999 as a Master Sergeant. He was a flight engineer, boom operator, and a member of the Airlift Tanker Association. Rick was always interested in aviation even after retirement. His number one hobby was always motorcycles. He was an avid rider and loved his Harley Davidson. Rick also loved hunting, fishing, working in his shop, and always kept himself busy. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and taking cruises. He was a big fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, and muscle cars.
Eric is preceded in death by his parents; aunt Lila Swanson; and sister April Riker. He leaves behind his wife Debra Riker; children Ashton Riker (Whitney), Jessica Riker, Lane Robinson (Sarah), and Joshua Robinson (Robert); grandchildren George Lachosky, Elaina Robinson, Olivia Robinson, Cora Robinson, Adelia Robinson, and David Robinson; siblings Randy Riker, Lee Stocker, and Wendy Treleven (Mark); and many more friends and extended family.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 10:00am with a funeral service starting at 11:00am in the Chapel of A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Interment will follow at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com