Mr. Richard L. “Rick” Carroll, Galesburg Chapel

Carroll, Rick61, of Galesburg died at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at his home.
He was born January 12, 1952 in Galesburg the son of Robert G. and Mary L. Westberg Carroll. He married Nona L. Robinson Lancaster on November 20, 2005 at the First Church of God in Galesburg. She survives.
Also surviving are his parents, Robert and Sonja Carroll of Fannett, Texas and Mary and Howard Wilson of Galesburg; his son, Sean (Robin) Lambert of East Peoria, Ill.; three brothers Mark (Cathy) Wilson of Galesburg, Mike Wilson of Deland, Fla., and Steve (Debbie) Dawson of Pearland, Texas; his sister, Rhonda (Steve) O’Dell of Fannett, Texas; two grandchildren, Nathan and Bethany Lambert and a Godson Konnor Hughes. He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert G. Carroll Jr.
Rick worked for Gates Rubber Company for 32 years, retiring in December 2003. He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1970 and Carl Sandberg College in 2006 with his associate’s degree in computer technology. He was a member of the First Church of God. He served as a steward for the Gates labor union. He was an avid bowler, bowling on several bowling leagues. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and puppetry. His passion was recording music. Rick played in several bands in the area, including Cottonwood South, the Country Knights and lastly Joyful Noyz Ministries for 16 years.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the First Church of God. Rev. Dennis McQuown, Rev. Paul Bickel and Rev. Don Reynolds will officiate. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Church of God. Online condolence may be offered at

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21 Guestbook Entries to “Mr. Richard L. “Rick” Carroll, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. Our prayers are always with you but more so now with the loss of your beloved Rick. He had such a great sense of humor. He and Cary would always trade jokes and barbs with each other! He will be sorely missed….but he is now making a “joyful noise” in heaven with the most wonderful choir ever! He is always in your heart and in the songs you will sing…we love you!

  2. Our hearts are breaking with you, Nona and the family. We’ve lost one of the good ones, but now he gets to make laughter and sing praises in heaven. What a joy that must be. He will always be remembered in our thoughts, but more so in song. What a legacy he has left. With our love and friendship.

  3. Rest I peace Uncle Rick. Take care of my baby girl please until I am there to take care of her myself.
    God bless u and sing amd dance with the Angles.
    Sorry I can’t be there at your funeral but its just to soon as I am struggling with missing Jordan so deeply..

    Love til we meet again

    Your niece Jodi

  4. On behalf of Headin’ Home Quartet, I want to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    It goes without saying that we will miss our brother Rick greatly but we rejoice in the knowledge that he has received the ultimate healing and that we will be reunited with him when we, too, are promoted to Glory.

    We will continue to pray for God to hold all of Rick’s family in His loving arms.

    Your brothers in Christ,

    Headin’ Home Quartet

  5. So many things so many os will miss. Ricks music, his wit, hislove of Christ and his smile. The world will be a less beautiful place without Rick and his music. I will miss his singing at church.
    Nona, Mary, Chuck and Lannie and Bob- I know how hard this is for everyone of you even knowing he is in heaven with Jesus this is hard. Please know I love you all and I am so very sorry. My heart is heavy- What a guy!!

  6. Rick will be missed by all. Was a wonderful neighbor, fun loving. He cared for others and always enjoyed entertaining. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May God comfort you and keep you .

  7. Heaven just got even more amazing! We love and miss you dear friend…..until we meet again!!

    Lifting Nona and family in prayer, you are dearly loved, please let us know if we can help in any way. God Bless.

  8. Nona & Family
    Please accept my condolences on the loss of Rick. He will be missed. He was such a blessing to all. It was always fun at the First Church of God with him while I went there before we moved. The great news is that he is now with our Lord & Savior, Jesus. What a blessing that is.
    Rod Murk

  9. Nona,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories be a comfort to you and your family. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Mary & Howard & Family,

    My heart was so heavy when I heard of your beloved Ricks passing. You are both so very special to me. We had such GREAT times together at Harold and Bettys and I miss you very much! You always beamed when you spoke of Rick and Nona. They are a match made in Heaven!!!
    May you all find peace in your memories of a great guy who loved Family and GOD. You must be so proud as you should be to have raised such a special person!
    Please let me know if you need anything..I will be there!

    Love to all the Family,

    Jeannie Lawson Sornberger

  11. Mary & Howard & Nona:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I am glad I had the opportunity to reconnect with Rick when he took classes from me at Sandburg. He was always a joy to be around. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.

    Brad and Syndi

  12. New Home Missionary Baptist Church
    433 East First Street
    Galesburg, Illinois 61401
    Pastor Jerry L. Cato, Sr.

    Church Number (309)297-4486 Fax Number (309)297-4486

    October 12, 2013
    To the family of Richard L. ‘Rick’ Carroll

    Once again we find ourselves bowed down in humble submission to the divine will of almighty God.
    Be assured that the passing of your loved one was his will and that all things done by him are not to be doubted even through we don’t understand.
    We hope that these few words will comfort you in the tomorrow’s to come.

    There is promise in each sunrise.
    There is hope for each new day;
    There’s a sunbeam for each raindrop,
    There is help along the way.
    There is faith for all life’s problems,
    There is strength for the trials you face,
    There is mercy and compassion,
    Even in life’s darkest place.
    That makes all life’s sorrows dim.
    When you place your hand in God’s hand,
    And walk life’s path with him.

    We, the Pastor and Members know that he will be missed.

    Respectfully Submitted

    Pastor Jerry L Cato Sr.

    Church Clerk
    Annette Cato

  13. Dear Howard & Mary- We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Our prayers are with you.

  14. My sympathies to all of Rick’s family and friends — I am so very sorry for your loss. Rick was one of my students at Carl Sandburg College. What a pleasure it was to have him in my class and be a part of watching him absorb himself in his educational experiences. We would talk frequently as he put his new found knowledge to use. Every time I have seen him since, he always greeted me so warmly and always seemed so genuinely happy. I know he left a positive impact on everyone who crossed paths with him. What a blessing he was to others through his music. My prayers are with you.

  15. Nona and all of Rick’s family, I’m so sorry for your loss. When I think of Rick, I smile, we had many years of great conversations and laughs. Be thankful for the memories Rick gave all of us. You have my deepest sympathies.

  16. I have seen you sing at Guthrie

  17. I have heard you sing at Guthrie center and the mwqa convention. what a blessing your music was. will miss rick. my prayers are with you. remember, it is not “goodbye” but “see you later”.

  18. Nona and Family of Rick Carroll-
    Our deepest and most sincere thoughts of sympathy are extended to you and your family in this difficult time. We pray for God’s Blessings on you and that He may replace the pain of loss with the reflections of everlasting peace.
    Jim & Becky Carico
    Guthrie County Southern Gospel Sing

  19. Nona and Family,

    My heartfelt thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to you and Rick’s relation. Words can’t describe the pain you’re feeling so please remember, God and your friends are with you.

    Sincerely, Chuck

  20. Nona and Family (Chuck and Lanni):

    Thinking of you as you face a new day. May you rest in God’s forever care. Love and prayers are with you.


    Cathy Coleman

  21. Nona and family of Rick.

    Rick was a very a special loving person. Sorry we did not look on Facebook to follow up and to see how he was doing. We now know that he is cancer free and is helping the Lord. We are sure he is singing there too. Hope this finds you holding in there Nona. We will continue keeping you in our prayer.

    Love Ray & Marj Stonecypher

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