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Richard “Rick” Abeln

d. August 7, 2020

Richard “Rick” Abeln , age 55, of Petersburg, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg.

Rick was born November 4, 1964 in Springfield, the son of James and Harriett (Beccue) Abeln.

He is survived by his two sons, Matthew (wife Minda) Abeln and Joseph (wife Mackenzie) Abeln; mother, Harriett of Athens; and two grandchildren, Malakai and Maverick Abeln.

Rick is preceded in death by his father, Jim in 2015.

He loved racecars, building his own various racecars, and cooking and smoking meats.
Rick created his own line of barbeque sauces.

He was a union carpenter for over 35 years, was a great handyman for many people, and was an excellent welder.

Visitation for Rick will be held on Monday, August 10, 2020 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens. Private family funeral services will be held.


  1. We are so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I remember how you always talked about him and how proud you both were of him. We will keep you and his family in our prays.

  2. Harriet, I am so very sorry for your earthly separation of your beloved son, Rick. May our Lord give you His peace.

  3. Harriet and Family,
    So sorry to hear about Rick. My sincere condolences to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Harriett and family – My sympathy to you and your family at the passing of Rick. May you find comfort in the Resurrection! Hold tight to your memories!

  5. So sorry for your family’s loss.

  6. Harriet, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. We are so very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I have so many fond childhood memories with Rick. May God’s peace surround you, and may memories of happier times give you comfort. We are holding you close in prayer at this difficult time.

  8. Harriet, George and I were so surprised to hear of Rick’s passing. We know how much you love your boys and your grandchildren. You have our deepest sympathy. We will stop by when we come to Athens. Our prayers are with you.

  9. Very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing I worked with Rick years ago . My condolences to all of his family

  10. I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I know how special he was. I pray God’s comfort and peace will be with you.

  11. Christ’s Peace to Harriet, Joseph, and all Rick’s family. May His Spirit bless you unto the Day of the Resurrection.

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