Richard Wendell “Ricky” Dobyns II
September 28, 1963 – November 9, 2020
We lost our beloved Ricky suddenly due to cardiac arrest. Ricky was AKA Uncle Ricky to many and also as The Dog Whisperer, The Godfather, The Shrimp Guy (since he never came to a party empty handed or without shrimp!)
Rick was a bright light to every single person who met him. He was born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey to Dr. Richard W. Dobyns and Georgiana at our beloved Graymill Drive! He was the youngest of their five children. He graduated from Scotch Plains – Fanwood High, NJ during which time he worked at the YMCA and was on the swim team. . He had several businesses with his father in New Jersey; Tune Up on Wheels and Pack ‘N Send.
He went on to Tampa University to study computer sciences. After meeting the love of his life Carissa Campanella they married and moved to Sarasota, Florida where he loved life near the sea. Family and friends loved to visit him there in his paradise! His owned a business there Sharp Eye Home Inspections. He continued to apply and donate his many skills as a personal handyman for anyone who needed a hand up to this day. Rick was a generous gift-giver extraordinaire always finding the perfect gift for any occasion. The word “no” was not in his vocabulary, always there for anyone.
Following his unfortunate divorce he moved to Wisconsin which he came to love and family here were thrilled to have him in our lives. He enjoyed fishing, snow skiing, swimming, boating, swimming with the dolphins, water skiing, tennis, golfing, camping, PIZZA especially at Spirito’s in NJ, the NY Giants, every sport there was, concerts and anything with family. Jersey Mike’s is sure going to miss his steady business! He was a lover of all nature and animals especially dogs and was never found without treats in his pocket for them.
He was a respected Assistant Supervisor at the Kwik Trip bakery that he was so proud of. He was there whenever an issue arose, nights and weekends on his time off if need be.
Ricky was a jokester and had the best sense of humor and an infectious giggle. We laughed about many family stories, “you betcha, darned tootin” and “long story short” which was always actually a short story long! But we could never have enough!
Ricky is survived by his 96 year old father Dr. Richard W. Dobyns, older sisters Lynn Dobyns, and Susan Barbato and his most precious Goddaughter Debbie Jo Watt.
He has been welcomed in Heaven by his mother Georgiana “Jo” Dobyns, his siblings Dr. Mark Dobyns and Kathleen Dobyns-Watt and his beloved Grandma Dee Hutzler. He is surrounded by much love of many others who have departed including furry friends most notably Thor, Bailey, Katie, Sammy and Nugget.
An outdoor celebration of Ricky’s life will be officiated by Deacon Jason Hutzler sometime in the future. His ashes will be scattered at the Jess and Stephanie Hutzler farm as well as at the beaches he so loved at the Jersey Shore and in Sarasota.
A better man, son, brother, Uncle, Godfather, friend there NEVER was!
You will be missed down here in this crazy world. Fly high dear Ricky and rest in the peace you SO deserve!