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“Sorry for your loss ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Justina Port - Rockfalls, IL

“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...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Jessica Womble - Jonesboro, AR

“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...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Barbara Sullivan - Jonesboro, AR

“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...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Alfred & Monica Olalde - Sterling, IL

“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...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Ray Duncan - Sterling, IL

“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...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Connie Roberts - Rochelle, IL

“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...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: TERRY G SMITH - FAIRFIELD, IL

“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...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: David Womble - Jonesboro, AR

“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. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Marvin Juarez

“So sorry for your loss ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Deborah Schriner Schriner

“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 ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Patricia Kennedy - Palatine, IL

“I am so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Melody Brand

“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...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Bradley Popejoy - Sterling, IL, IL

“Sorry for your loss Rick was such a great Man he will definitely be missed ❤ ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Roberta Ramirez - Sterling, IL

“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...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Ralph and Kathy Lamb - Dixon, IL

“one of my best friends ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Edwin Morry Drury - Dekalb, IL


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