Leslie Elwood Rykert passed away of natural causes Nov. 3, 2012. He was 86.
There will be a private service with military honors.
Leslie was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Michigan to Victor and Winnifred Rykert. Leslie was a talented kid. His and his sister’s, Alice’s, voices were heard on the radio singing away. Les served in the Navy during WWII on a PT boat. After the Navy, he worked for the Detroit Police Department for a few years, then got into the furniture and restaurant business as an owner. He had three kids with his first wife, Sheryl, Janice and Carl. He divorced and remarried Pauline Anne and had four children, Ronnelle, John, Paul and Christine. Leslie’s wife passed away with fifth child in 1962.
He moved from Michigan in 1968 to California and eventually settled in Grass Valley, Calif., in 1973, except for a couple years on a gold mining adventure in Junction City, Calif. Leslie was drawn back to Grass Valley, where his ventures included ranching and logging. He helped start up and worked for the Grass Valley and Nevada City Cab, a limo service, but more important were all the friends he made along the way. The Dew Drop in was one of a few hangouts, where his childhood singing voice came back into play. Fun loving and willing to help anyone out of a jam, he will be missed by many. As his neighbor, Roger, says, “God bless that man.” Leslie’s final resting place is at the Sacramento Valley Veteran Cemetery.