Aubrey Rike passed away on Thursday,
April 22, 2010. You may post your condolences
on this forum thread and I will pass them on
to his wife Glenda and son Larry.
Al Rike, age 72, of Plano, Texas passed away
April 22, 2010. He was born December 18, 1937
in Dallas, Texas to Argus and Lois (Longley)
Rike. Al received his associate’s degree in law
enforcement from Abilene Christian College in
Dallas. He proudly served his country in the
United States Marine Corps, actively from 1955-
1959, and as a reservist for the following four
years. Al married Glenda Spears on August 27,
1960, in Dallas. He retired from the Highland
Park Police Department as a Detective Sergeant
after 26 years of service. Al worked from 1994-2002
for the Dallas County Sheriffs Department. Al
is survived by his wife, Glenda Rike of Plano,
Texas; son, Larry Rike of Plano, Texas; sister,
Carolyn Hawkins and husband James of McKinney,
Texas; sister-in-laws, Violet Taylor, Ruthie
Keenum, Jarlene Graham, and Janet Spears; brother-in-law,
J.T. Spears; numerous nieces, nephews, and other
loving relatives. He was preceded in death by
his parents, and three brothers, James Young,
Bill Rike, and Richard Rike. Funeral services
will be held Thursday, April 29, 2010 in the
Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with the Rev.
Ron Hathcoat officiating. Interment will follow
at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.
Visitation will be Wednesday evening at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Funeral Home beginning at 7:00 P.M.
At The Door of Memory:
Aubrey Rike and the Assassination of President Kennedy
by Aubrey Rike with Colin McSween
From "At The Door Of Memory"
I was self-assured when working the ambulance with Peanuts, and
maybe overly so. I had served in the military, been overseas,
and was confidently determined I had seen just about everything
between combat and working on an ambulance. Nothing on the
job could surprise me; I had seen it all. Until that day
in Trauma Room 1, I never imagined just how wrong I could
The President and Jacqueline Kennedy looked absolutely wonderful,
both glowing with happiness. The President was stately, dressed
in a suit, waving and smiling broadly at the crowd as they
passed. Mrs. Kennedy was wearing a pretty pink suit with
a matching hat, her gloved hand waving to the people pressed
along the road. The President of the United States was looking
directly at me. He was smiling and waving as though he had
recognized me as an old friend. Peanuts and I were absolutely
ecstatic. The President had waved specifically to us!
Suddenly, men dressed in suits came running into the emergency
room. However, it was not their alarmed faces that shocked
me; I was stunned to see they were brandishing shotguns and
green colored machine guns. Suddenly, the normal routine
of our day had erupted into terrifying pandemonium.
AUBREY LEE RIKE was born in 1937 in Dallas, Texas.
He joined the US Marine Corps in 1955 at 17 years of age. Once discharged
in 1959, and back home in Dallas, Aubrey was employed as a driver
for the Ambulance Service Company. He married Glenda in 1960, and
in 1965 their son Larry was born. In 1961 Aubrey went to work for
the O’Neal Funeral Home & Ambulance Service. While employed
with O’Neal’s, Aubrey was at Parkland Memorial Hospital
when President Kennedy was brought in after being shot by an assassin.
Aubrey was the attendant who placed the President’s body into
the casket while in Trauma Room 1. Aubrey has led a colorful life,
including driving race cars, and performing as a rodeo clown. In
1967, Aubrey dedicated his life to public service as a police officer.
He gained experience both as a police officer and fire fighter while
serving with the Highland Park Police Department for 26 years. On
retirement, Aubrey went to work for the Dallas County Sheriff’s
Department. In total, he devoted thirty-five years of his life to
the law enforcement profession.
COLIN MCSWEEN has had an interest in the
assassination of President Kennedy since the day of the
event in 1963, and has lectured throughout North America,
having been featured on TV, radio, newspapers & magazines.
He has consulted for a number of people in assassination research
including David S. Lifton, Matthew Smith, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, Dr.
Phillip Williams and William Law. A licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer,
Colin has served the B.C. Coroner’s Service & also
as Chief Instructor of the B.C. Funeral Service Education
Program. Colin & his family reside in Abbotsford, British