Rickie Joe “Rick” Sloan

Rickie Joe “Rick” Sloan, 63, of Effingham died at 2:08 a.m., Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago with his family by his side.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 12 at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont with Rev. Marcus Manley officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Altamont. A visitation was held from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, April 11 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donation Network.

In 2008, Rick was the recipient of a life-saving heart transplant. This generous gift allowed him an additional 10 years with his family and friends. His family honored his final request for that gift to be reciprocated, as he became a donor upon leaving this life.

Rick was born on Thursday, May 12, 1955 in Vandalia to Leo Melvin, Sr. and Eleanora Mae (Abernathy) Sloan. He was an over-the-road truck driver for many years and was known to many fellow drivers and friends as “Scarecrow.”

Left to celebrate his life are his children, Alysia (Lantz) Wills of Beecher City, Adam (Kelly) Sloan of Orange, Calif., Erica (Kris) Biggs of Altamont, and Amanda Sloan of Effingham; his grandchildren, Alyvia and Abigail Wills, Sophia Heath and Nora Sloan, Timothy, Max, and Maya Moore, and Tristin Duncan; his siblings, Mary Lee (Leroy) Runge of Goreville, Linda (Floyd) McCoy of Newton, Judy Pedigo of Clarksville, Tenn., and Debbie (Kevin) Shirley of Sullivan; sister-in-law, Julie Sloan of Toledo; brother-in-law, Stephen Wissink of Mahomet and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents; brother Leo M. Sloan, Jr., twin brothers, Lawrence and Loren Sloan; and sister, Lucille Steffen Wissink.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com

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