Obituary of Richard Petrechko

Richard Eugene “Rick” Petrechko, age 67, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Monday, January 24, 2002, at the Kansas City Hospice House after injuries he received in an accident at his home in November of last year.

He was born October 29, 1954, in Independence, Missouri, the son of Richard Petrechko and Berniece Pitts Petrechko. Rick was raised by his mother and step-father, John Buell. Rick graduated from Truman High School in Independence, Missouri. He was currently employed by Extrusions, Inc. in Ft. Scott.

Rick enjoyed fishing and barbecuing. He also enjoyed reading historical books and listening to music. He was an avid fan of the Rolling Stones and enjoyed going to many different concerts over the years.

Survivors include his children, Jessica Lynn Collins of New Jersey, Bradley Petrechko (Rosalina) of Ft. Scott, Rex Petrechko (Erin) of Florida and step-children, E. J. Willard of Nebraska and Vanessa Willard of Ft. Scott and eleven grandchildren. Also surviving are his mother, Berniece Buell of Ft. Scott and two sisters, Paula Hochstedler (Mike) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Karen Mix (Mike) of Ft. Scott.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, John Buell, step-brother, Steve Buell and longtime companion and best friend, Lynette Vann.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 27th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Mirza Transportation Fund or the Paws & Claws Animal Shelter and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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