Rick A. Breitengross

Rick A. Breitengross			Rick Albert Breitengross IV of Ridgecrest went home to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, on Feb. 19, 2020, at home surrounded by his family.

Rick was born Sept. 8, 1953, in Davenport, Iowa, to Richard A. Breitengross III and Beverly Breitengross (Carleton).

He is survived by his beautiful bride, Linda B. Breitengross, to whom he was married for 34 years; children, Allen (Annie), Sandra (Adam), Amy (Mack) and Lisa; grandchildren, Audrey, Aaron, Alina, Tiffany, Elise, Rockford, Nicolina, Lillias, Kervin and Jerald; siblings and numerous other family and friends, including Nancy Breitengross Withers (Dow), Mary Breitengross Johnson (Bill), Lori Breitengross Cripps, David Carleton (Julie) and Debbie Bass.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard A. Breitengross, III; his stepmother, Irene Breitengross; his mother, Beverly Carleton; his stepfather, Theodore Carleton; his stepsister, Tammy Taylor; and his niece, Hillary Faye Withers.

Rick was a graduate of Burroughs High School (Class of 1971), attended Cerro Coso Community College and studied chemistry at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. He worked for the U.S. Department of Defense at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station as a chemist for nearly three decades.

In his youth, he enjoyed exploring the Mojave Desert on his motorcycle, camping at Lake Lopez, breathing the salty air of Pismo Beach and causing trouble. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time with his family, telling stories of the good ole days, arguing about politics and of course causing trouble.

He loved God, his family and his country. Rick was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

All are welcome to attend a memorial service celebrating Rick’s extraordinary life on Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please vote in the next election, fly the American flag, teach a kid to ride a dirt bike or call an old friend.

— Submitted by the family of Rick Breitengross

Story First Published: 2020-02-28