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     Harold F. (Rick) Mammen was born on July 31, 1947, in Lamar, Missouri and departed this life on February 22, 2011, at his home near Lamar, after a two-year battle with cancer.  He was the second child and first son of Harold and Maggie Mammen.  Both preceded him in death.   He leaves behind his devoted and beloved wife Marilyn of 39 1/2 years, his daughter Melanie (Frank) Weasner of Clyde, Ohio; his son Nathan (Jennifer) of Alexandria, Virginia;  two sisters, Carole Sue (Ron) Hendrix of Kearney, Missouri, and Joyce Mammen of Carthage, Missouri; his brother Lawrence (Beth) of Springfield, Missouri; and beloved mother-in-law Martha Wainscott of Mulberry, Indiana.  Rick’s younger sister Vickie, who married Marilyn’s first cousin (Gary Gray) of Indiana, preceded him in death on Thanksgiving Day, 2008.  Rick’s life was blessed with many other relatives (including in-laws) and a host of friends, many of whom were his colleagues, neighbors, and the farmers and others he advised.

     Rick graduated from Lockwood High School in 1965, attended Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College in Miami, Oklahoma, and finished his B.S. at Oklahoma State University in 1969.  He was privileged to receive a Purdue Graduate School Fellowship and earned a masters degree in agronomy from Purdue University in January 1971.  There, he met his wife Marilyn (Wainscott), whom he married on May 1, 1971, in Mulberry, Indiana.

     In February 1984, Rick started his extension career with Purdue University Extension in Washington, Indiana.  In August 1987, he embraced the opportunity to come back home to Missouri and spent most of his working career with University of Missouri Extension.  He was an agronomist based in the Barton County office for 16 years and spent the remainder of his career as the Southwest Regional Director for University of Missouri Extension in the 16-county area of southwest Missouri.

     Rick placed his faith in Jesus Christ and was saved as a young boy.  The church was always an important part of his life.  Along with two other families, Rick and Marilyn helped charter Liberty Baptist Church in 1993.  Rick served as deacon, Sunday School teacher, song leader, and organist.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 27th at First Baptist Church of Lamar.  Burial will be in Morehead Cemetery.

     The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Caringbridge.org, Barton County Memorial Hospital, or Liberty Baptist Church Missions Fund in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Comments  

#26 Mount Vernon, MissouriGregory Harris 2016-01-20 17:53
Marilyn, so sorry for your loss as to me Rick was a wonderful person and so sweet and kind to all he knew. I just now found out and I was SHOCKED to no end and started crying. I Went to school with Rick, David Carrier and Fred A. Knell at NEO in Miami, Oklahoma. Again I am so sorry for all your loss of Rick. R.I.P. Rick...God Bless
#25 spiro oklahomajoanne clyma 2012-11-18 22:28
i am so sorry for your loss, i am joyces younger sister.
#24 IndianapolisDawn Robertson 2011-03-08 05:49
Dearest Marilyn, Melanie, Nathan and family, I'm so sorry to hear the news of Rick's passing. It was a great honor to be aqauinted with him in this world and to know that I'll know him better in our true home in Heaven. What a tremendous legacy he's left in the kindness he shared with anyone who ever met him. All my love, Dawn Robertson
#23 Nevada, Mo.Leonard Ernsbarger 2011-02-28 14:28
As an extension retiree, I was surprised to learn about Rick. I had no idea that he was fighting cancer, which is a terrrible disease. He was a good person to know. There has been many people benefiting from his efforts. He has help to make this world a better place. Deepest sympathy is extended to his love ones.
Leonard Ernsbarger, retired area 4-H specialist
#22 Springfield, MOShane Medlin 2011-02-27 19:55
Marilyn, Melanie, Nathan and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was a wonderful and unique man. While he had a quiet disposition, he lived a life that loudly shared of his love for Christ and his family. He was one of the kindest and most genuine men I have ever met. I can only imagine how much bigger his great smile is now that he is in Heaven. He blessed many and will be greatly missed! We are praying for peace that surpasses all understanding for each of you.
Shane and Lori Medlin
#21 Lafayette, INJanet Armstrong 2011-02-27 19:06
Dear Marilyn,
I was so sorry to see the notice of your husband's death. I remember both of you and your kids when you would visit Faith Baptist Church. I always felt we would have been friends had we lived closer. I see Suzanne and Ron from time to time. I've been through some very tough times, and I can truly say that God is faithful. I am praying for your comfort and that of your children and families.
#20 Frankfort, INCarol Goul 2011-02-27 16:54
Marilyn,I am so sorry for the passing of your husband. May the Lord comfort you during this very sad time in your life. Please know that you are in my prayers.
Carol Goul
#19 Mt. Vernon, MOAnita Franson 2011-02-27 15:50
It is difficult to know where to start when speaking of Rick Mammen. My first recollection of him was as a Board Member of the Private Industry Council. What a positive, thoughtful and calming presence he was. Then came my involvement with him through the University Extension programs, locally and regionally through our efforts to expand the general public and Extension councils knowledge of Extension and all it offers. Through all of this Rick was the consummate optimist and gentleman. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone. What a privilege God gave all who came in contact with Rick - to know such a man. A man of faith, a man of integrity, a man of gentle humor, a man who will be sorrily mssed. A gentle man. May God continue to be with you as you fill your days with the beautiful memories of such a man.
#18 Jasper, MOKevin and LaRita McNeely & fam 2011-02-27 14:12
Dear Marilyn and family,

What a wonderful earthly man Rick Mammen was. He truly walked always with Jesus and is still doing that, but in the eternal kingdom. Our family remembers Rick witnessing to us and he was truly an inspiration and a wonderful friend.

We express our condolences to you at this difficult time, but there is beauty in death because of Jesus. Praise be to God for sending his son and giving us a gift. Your are truly in our prayers.
#17 Springfield, MOCarl and Lola Edwards Dyson 2011-02-27 13:09
We pray now for your family, Marilyn. We set across from you and Rickie at the Sept. 60's reunion at Lockwood High.
As we talked at that time, the Mammen family has met much to me, Lola. We attended New Bethel Church together and I often joined the Mammens for lunch after Sunday worship and enjoyed being with Vickie. Rickie on down rode our bus, including Joyce and Lawrence. Carole Sue was a missionary at the time.
Harold and family would pick me up to go up the big hill to New Bethel. Vickie and I enjoyed bike rides and lunches by the creek together in the summer.
What an inspiration and showing of Christ's love the Mammen family showed our community.
We will remember you as the days go ahead with the Lord at your side!
Carl and Lola Dyson

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