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Friday, May 17, 2013
Obituary for retired NASCAR driver Dick Trickle
The following obituary was posted on the Web site for Warlick Funeral Home: Richard Trickle
(October 27, 1941 - May 16, 2013 )
Richard “Dick” Trickle, age 71, of Iron Station, NC died of a self-inflicted gunshot.He had been suffering for some time with severe chronic pain, had seen many doctors, none of which could find the source of his pain.His family as well as all those who knew him, find his death very hard to accept, and though we will hurt from losing him for some time, he’s no longer suffering and we take comfort knowing he’s with his very special angel.
He is survived by his wife Darlene (McMahon)Trickle, three children Victoria Bowman (John), Tod Trickle, and Chad Trickle (Shannon), and 3 grandchildren, Lucas Bowman, Courtney Trickle and Carlee Trickle.He lost his oldest grandchild Nicole Bowman in a tragic car accident nearly 12 years ago.He was the son of the late Leo and Lauretta Trickle and is survived by his brothers Duaine Trickle, Charles Trickle and sisters Delores Iwanski, and Susan Trickle.
Dick’s passion in life was his racing.He touched many lives throughout his career, provided memories for many that will last a lifetime. Many thought when he retired he would continue as a car owner, but he was driver at heart, he wanted to be behind the wheel and be in control of his destiny.We believe he felt himself no longer able to be behind that wheel of life or be the man he only knew how to be because of the pain and suffering.
His passion was racing but his love was his family.This is a very difficult time for the family, they hope everyone will understand and respect their wishes to have private services for his funeral.They appreciate all the calls, messages, and letters of support, but at this time need to be together as a family.
There have been requests for where to send flowers, in lieu of flowers the family has asked that a donation be made in Memory of Dick to: Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC27317.They thank you for all your love, thoughts, and prayers.