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Rickey Joseph Kabler

October 12, 1956 — August 21, 2023

Obituary For Rickey Joseph Kabler

Rickey Joseph Kabler, 66, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on August 21, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born October 12, 1956, in Sedalia, MO, the son of Joseph Kabler and Evelyn (Kaiser) Kabler, who preceded him in death.

Rickey, more commonly known as Rick, grew up in Sedalia, graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1975, and enjoyed attending Vocational Tech classes at State Fair Community College. He reminisced about his time at MFA and built lifelong friendships while cruising the streets of Sedalia in his red Chevelle SS. It could be said that his insistence on never being without his cherry chapstick was a small reminder of days gone by.

Rick also dedicated many years to Hayes Wheels (Maxion) before pursuing his true passion, which could be found within a pasture. He took pride in raising a reputable herd of cattle and ensuring every detail was executed perfectly. Rick’s insistence on details was evident in his herd and all aspects of his life. As consistent as the sun rises, he would fix two eggs, two pieces of bacon, and two pieces of toast, followed by coffee on the back porch. Rick would take well-deserved breaks, typically picking Gammagrass seeds or walking fence. Dusk was his cue to come inside and eat dinner with his daughters or watch RFD TV.

When not hard at work, Rick could be found in a perfectly buttoned flannel shirt, crisp Wranglers, and dress boots that had not seen the pasture. He enjoyed yearly trips to the farm show in Springfield with his cousin.

He enjoyed trips to Branson, Powell Gardens, and festivals where he would pose for several photos with the girls.

Holidays weren’t his favorite, but he seemed to make it through his stocking and have his candy eaten before presents were opened. Rick’s dedication to Jessica, Jackie, and Jerzie was a shining example of his loyalty and commitment to those he cared for. Despite his quiet demeanor, his girls could spark a grin louder than any words spoken. When not in the pasture, he could be found at the kitchen table with Leslie, his bonus daughter, solving the world’s problems. Although their perfect solutions and fantastic ideas didn’t leave Kabler Avenue, it didn’t slow them down.

Proud Father of Jessica Battiato (Tony) and Jackie Kabler.
Proud Grandfather of Jerzie Hart.
Proud Cousin to Randy Stephens (Sharon), Karen Weinberg (Jim), Roxy Viebrock (Don), Wanda Pritzel, Jerry Stephens, Alicia Cole (Greg).
Proud Uncle to Alexis Smith (Matt) and Colin Kabler (Jennifer).

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Kabler.

The family will hold a private Celebration of Life in Rick’s honor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Department of Conservation or Histiocytosis Association.

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