Richard 'Rick' Backer

    Richard “Rick” Lee Backer, 56 of Randolph, died Friday July 15, 2016 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs, Colo. following a motorcycle accident.
    Services will be held Monday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph. The Rev. Timothy Forget will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday, July 24 from 4 - 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. parish vigil at St. Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home – Randolph. Burial will be in St. Frances Catholic Cemetery at Randolph.
    Richard “Rick” Lee Backer, was born Oct. 5, 1959 at Osmond, the son of Paul and Bonnie (Jacobson) Backer. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1977.  Rick worked for Terra for a few years in Randolph. On June 30, 1979 Rick married Sandy Bowers at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph. The couple made their home in Randolph. He worked for welding shops in Laurel and Wayne for short time. For the past 28 years Rick owned and operated Backer Trucking. Rick enjoyed motorcycle riding, helping his kids and loved his grandkids. He enjoyed welding, playing the guitar and the time spent with the band the “R” Backers with Dan and Doug. Rick was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church; past Future Farmers of America member and president for several years; member of ABATE of Nebraska aka American Bikers Aiming Towards Education another, aka for this group… American Brothers Against Totalitarian Enactments serving as District #15 coordinator for 9 years; member OOIDA Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association; member National Rifle Association.
    Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sandy Backer of Randolph; four children, Jim Backer of Randolph, Dusty and Pat Backer of Center, N.D.; Cody and Jennifer Backer of Randolph and Nathanial and Natalie Backer of Norfolk; seven grandchildren; four siblings, Dan and Joni Backer of Randolph; Gary Backer of Randolph; Kathie and Mark Nordhues of Randolph; and Jeff and Rhonda Backer of Wayne; many nieces and nephews.  
    He was preceded in death by his parents.  
    Honorary pallbearers will be Rick’s Grandkids - Jessa Backer, Shaw Backer, Dawson Backer, Roxy Backer, Christian Moore, Brenden Sweeney and Karson Backer .
    Active pallbearers will be Rick’s Nephews - Bruce Backer, Adam Backer, Andy Nordhues, Matt Nordhues, Gabe Backer, Austin Backer, Jordan Backer, Caiden Backer, Lane Bowers and Jonathan Bowers.
    Online sympathies may be made at

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