Rickie Preston

  • Born: October 3, 1949
  • Died: July 9, 2021
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rickie H. Preston, 71 died Friday July 9, 2021.

Rick was born on October 3, 1949 in Bono, AR the son of Hugh and Mary (Hendrix) Preston. He married the former Mary Jayne Thompson and she preceded him in death. Rick had worked for several years at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co and later was the owner/operator of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Sterling. Rick was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was well known in the area at auctions and sales. He played guitar and sang from an early age into adulthood. He cherished his family and grandchildren.

Surviving are his children: Shelby (Lori) Preston, Becky (Brad) Schrader, Jody (Dawn) Preston, Mardy Preston and Ruth "Doofer" (Scott) Cowley; his girlfriend Melissa Zamora and her children: Easton and Ezra; 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters: Patricia West, Ruth Mae Estes and Evajean Williams.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 14, 2021 from 4-8 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. The funeral will follow on Thursday at 10 AM at the funeral home with the Reverend Les Funderberg officiating. Burial will conclude at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Rock Falls American Legion


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry for your loss

Posted by Justina Port - Rockfalls, IL - Acquaintance   July 14, 2021

Rick I will miss sitting around the table at the farm drinking coffee and having talks and laughs! Thank you for loving us and sharing so much with us over the years!! Your love and hospitality will never be forgotten!! To Shelby, Becky, Jody, Mardy, and Ruthie my heart hurts for you and the family. I love you all and will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers always! Your Dad was one of a kind and I feel privileged to call him family! I am here if you ever need to talk, cry, or just sit with you awhile!! My prayer is you feel all the love and prayers for comfort in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead!! Love you always, Jessica

Posted by Jessica Womble - Jonesboro, AR - Family   July 14, 2021

Rick meant the world to me and I am really gonna miss him. He has been a constant throughout my life. Please know that I am praying for each of you and will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! I love you all very much and am here if you need anything.

Posted by Barbara Sullivan - Jonesboro, AR - Family   July 14, 2021


We are saddened to hear of Rick's passing. We will cherish our fond memories of Rick. We will never forget his friendship and kindness. Our heartfelt condolences to the Preston family.

Alfred & Monica

Posted by Alfred & Monica Olalde - Sterling, IL - Friend   July 13, 2021

It was a pleasure knowing you Rick. An even greater pleasure seeing your devotion to family and friends! So sad that God has called you away from all so soon! But I'm sure he needed a good voice to lead all the soles in music. RIP Rick. Your memory will live on in the hearts of those you've touched.

Posted by Ray Duncan - Sterling, IL - Friend   July 13, 2021

Neal and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Rick. We cherish toe many memories we have of him though the years. We pray for strength and peace as you go through this most difficult time.

Posted by Connie Roberts - Rochelle, IL - Family Friend   July 13, 2021

Rick invited me about every 3 months to come up to Sterling and play lead guitar at the jam sessions he had at the Wagonwheel restaurant.
I met numerous musicians at these events and I am thankful to Rick for his friendship.
He never failed to take care of my wife, Connie, and me when we were up there.
Even though I live 300 miles south of Sterling, I will greatly miss Rick and his phone calls.
I pray for comfort and peace for the family.

Posted by TERRY G SMITH - FAIRFIELD, IL - Friend   July 13, 2021

I am glad I had the chance to know Rick!! He will be greatly missed!! I am so sorry for your loss!! I pray the angels of heaven surround your family with Love Peace and comfort in Jesus name!! Amen!!

Posted by David Womble - Jonesboro, AR - Family   July 13, 2021

R.I.P.,Rick and may God take care of you. You will be greatly missed,you were a great person. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Marvin Juarez    July 13, 2021

So sorry for your loss

Posted by Deborah Schriner Schriner - Rock falls - Friend   July 13, 2021

So shocked and saddened to hear of Ricks passing. He was a gentle soul . My thoughts and prays go out to he's family. Heavens a brighter place

Posted by Patricia Kennedy - Palatine, IL - Friend   July 13, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Rick's passing.

Posted by Melody Brand    July 13, 2021

My condolences to all Preston Family! Rick was a very caring person. He loved life and he gave life to many who came into contact with him. Rick didn't mind spreading the wealth where he could to local charities and benefits. It was a pleasure to know Rick for such a long time. Rick was a great friend and person.

Posted by Bradley Popejoy - Sterling, IL, IL - Friend   July 13, 2021

Sorry for your loss Rick was such a great Man he will definitely be missed ❤

Posted by Roberta Ramirez - Sterling, IL - Friend   July 12, 2021

Known the family for many years, including his Mother and Father, and sister's.
Have many fond memories of our early years, when we were both married.
And our children also ran together, as they got older.
Rick was one of the nicest guy's, you could ever meet.
He will be sadly missed. All our Love

Posted by Ralph and Kathy Lamb - Dixon, IL - Family Friend   July 12, 2021

one of my best friends

Posted by Edwin Morry Drury - Dekalb, IL - Friend   July 12, 2021