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Jon Todd Rickman, 77, was born June 8, 1941, in Maryville, Missouri, to Clement and Genevieve (Todd) Rickman. He died Feb. 14, 2019, at his home in Maryville.

Jon Rickman spent 36 years as an assistant professor and vice president of information systems at Northwest. His teaching was focused on technology.

Jon Rickman worked with Northwest Presidents Robert Foster, B.D. Owens and Dean Hubbard to make Northwest an electronic campus. The task was accomplished in 1987, making Northwest the first public university to be an electronic campus.

Jon Rickman also helped develop the Jean Jennings Bartik Museum at Northwest. He was also a founder of MOREnet, which serves Missouri’s public schools. Jon Rickman spread his knowledge through speaking at conventions and creating written content. He retired from Northwest Dec. 31, 2011.

Jon Rickman was 18 months old when his family moved to Florida, where they lived until moving to Warrensburg, Missouri, when he was 8-years-old.

Jon Rickman is a graduate of College High in Warrensburg. He earned his Bachelor of Science in math, physics and industrial arts and Master of Science degree in physics from the University of Central Missouri in 1963 and 1964. He proceeded to achieve a Doctorate degree from Washington State University in 1972.

He also spent time in the Missouri National Guard, receiving an honorable discharge in 1964.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Sprouse, children Janice Meier (Robert) of Olathe, Kansas, Ann Barthol (Kent) Overland Park, Kansas, Joel Rickman (Laura) of Washington, Missouri; grandchildren Jordan and Jacob Meier, Brock, Dylan, and Luke Barthol, Nathaniel, Grace, and Adam Rickman; brother Will Rickman (Carolyn), sister Bess Mitchell (Harold), sister-in-law Cheryl Watson (Art), stepbrothers John Sill (Phoebe), Jim Sill (Dian), Steve Sill

(Linda), and stepsister-in-law Norita Sill; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, parents-in-law, infant brother and stepbrother.

He was a member of First Christian Church where he served as an elder, board chairman and a member of many committees including the building committee for the current church. He recently joined the tenor section in the church choir.

Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, with visitation at 1:00 p.m. followed by the funeral at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Christian Church, Jon Rickman Electronic Campus Scholarship at Northwest, or the National Park Foundation are suggested.

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