Gouverneur - Kenneth W. Rickett, age 72, of Gouverneur, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at his home.

Kenneth’s calling hours will be on Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. His funeral service will be on Monday, February 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Gregory Bailey of the Trinity Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will follow at East Riverside Cemetery.

Online condolences for Kenneth may be sent to www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.

Kenneth was born on May 2, 1940 in Gouverneur to the late Howard Rickett and Leta (Besaw) Tharrett. He attended Gouverneur Central School. Kenneth married Shirley I. Fuller, which had ended in divorce, but they remained close companions. She passed away in 1995.

Kenneth worked for St. Lawrence County as a truck driver and laborer for over 30 years. He enjoyed working on machinery and was always tinkering with lawn mowers and cars.

Kenneth is survived by three brothers, Leroy Tharrett of Gouverneur, William Rickett and David Rickett both of Gouverneur; seven sisters, Dorothy McBroom of Gouverneur, Loretta Patton of Gouverneur, Harriett McDougall of Gouverneur, Nancy Lyons of Gouverneur, Carolyn and George Reynolds of Gouverneur, Diane and Joie McDougall of Gouverneur and Lois and Randy Garceau of Adams Center; and several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth is predeceased by his step-mother, Marion Rickett, a brother, Howard Rickett and four sisters, Doris Rickett, Mildred Rickett, Rose Jesmer and Betty Durham