Preston Terrance Richcreek (Terry) passed away on September 25, 2019 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa California. Terry was born July 15, 1951 in Eureka and lived there his entire life. He was very well known. He had quite a reputation for being somewhat wild and crazy. However everyone who really knew Terry, knows he had the sweetest heart. He did not have much, but if you needed something he had, he would give it selflessly.

Terry worked for some time at the Vista Del Mar as a bouncer back in the ‘80s. Terry had many stories to tell about the Vista Del Mar! He also had Uncle Terry’s Crab Stand in Old Town Eureka in the early 1980s. In the early 1990s, Terry went to College of the Redwoods and earned his commercial truck driving certificate and went on to drive truck for various companies.

Terry taught himself to play guitar and wrote several songs. He loved to sit and strum his guitar. He said it brought him peace. A wonderful memory of Terry was when he would strum his guitar at family and friends gatherings. It was always calming and happy.

He thought the world of his nieces — Jenny, Bryn and great-niece Aurora — and his nephew Aaron. Terry spent days on end perfecting his niece, Bryn’s, obituary and poured his love into making sure that every word was appropriate.

Terry was a kind and decent person. He had many friends from all walks of life.

A very special thank you to Ken & Linda Barrelies for their wonderful generosity and graciousness to Terry over the years.

Terry was preceded in death by his older brother Norman Phillip Richcreek (Skipper), his father Walter Carl Richcreek, his mother Nellie Catherine Richcreek, his niece Bryn Elizabeth Rice, and his brother in law Gregory Lovick.

He is survived by his sister Nathalie Richcreek of Eureka, his sister Carlana Lovick of Shady Cove, Oregon, his niece Jenny Whilhelm of Manilla, and great niece Aurora Gibson of Manilla, his nephew Aaron Rice of Fieldbrook, and brother in law Bob Whilhelm of Manilla.

Terry carried his cross throughout his life and made it home. He is at peace.


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