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Richard "Rick" G. Honeyman

Seneca KS

06/21/1950 - 08/06/2020

Rick Honeyman, 70, died peacefully at his home on August 6, 2020; his family and community feeling the loss of an extraordinary man. Rick resided in Seneca and Lawrence and recently moved to Topeka, Kansas to live closer to his grandchildren.

He was born June 21, 1950, oldest son of Robert and Rosella Honeyman. As a young child he grew up helping his dad deliver Meadow Gold fresh milk to homes in Seneca. Rick graduated from Sts. Peter & Paul High School in 1968. He was a star quarterback at Saints Peter and Paul schools in Seneca Kansas, Highland JCCO, St Mary of the Plains College and a baseball pitcher at Washburn University in the 1970’s. He loved the Jayhawks, Royals and Chiefs. Rick loved his family, sports, hunting and fishing with the biggest chubs he could find.

He began his career while in college selling cars at Lewis Toyota and being management at Kent Brown Chevrolet. In 1979, he founded Rick Honeyman Ford & Mercury in Seneca. He loved his Ford customers and employees who became his friend through the years.

Rick married Linda Hermesch August 1972, while on their honeymoon they met Elvis while in Las Vegas. He loved coaching American Legion Baseball and youth teams as his kids grew up and later watching his grandchildren play sports. Rick was always present yelling words of encouragement from the sidelines. He had a cheerful personality that could lighten any situation, often with a firework nearby.   During his retirement Rick enjoyed golfing at Spring Creek Golf Course. He enjoyed fishing with his son, grandkids and his buds at Clinton Lake. He loved his family with all of his heart, and they will miss his amazing spirit and kindness. He took being a grandparent seriously and his grandchildren will hold onto their special memories of their “Poppy,” as he was one of a kind.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert “Bob” E. Honeyman on October 8, 2014 and his brother, William J. Honeyman on November 11, 2010.

Survivors are his wife, Linda Honeyman of Topeka; children, Ryan (Nikki) Honeyman, Seneca and Haley (Sam) Gish, Topeka; mother, Rosie Honeyman, Seneca; siblings, Gary (Diann) Honeyman, Laramie, WY, Terry (Meryce) Honeyman, Topeka, Janet (Roger McCollister) Honeyman, Lawrence, Diane (Lloyd) Brandenburg, Topeka, Jeanne Thomsen, Lawrence and Lori (Mark) Koepsel, Topeka; and his grandchildren who put a smile on his face every time he saw them–Cali, Meg and Logan Honeyman and Kennedy, Brooklyn and Hunter Gish.

Rick will be in state all-day on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Lauer Funeral Home.

A Rosary will be prayed Thursday, August 13th at 7 PM at Lauer Funeral Home, with family present from 6-8 PM. The Funeral will be Friday, August 14th at 7 PM at St Bede’s Cemetery, Kelly, Kansas.

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK REQUESTED.

Following the ceremony, the family will gather in the ST Bede’s Catholic Church parking lot. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a cruise down Main Street in Seneca to remember Rick and the times he cruised the route in his red Ford Fairlane during the 1960s.

In lieu of flowers please plant a tree or make a donation in Rick’s memory to Spring Creek Golf Course, Youth Sports of Seneca and/or Theatre Lawrence.com

Social distancing and masks requested

 Please bring your own lawn chairs for seating during Mass, and arrange in a manner that will provide for your safety, as well as for others. For those with increased safety concerns, who prefer to remain in their car and still attend the funeral Mass, there will be limited parking available.

 

 

 

 

A Rosary will be prayed Thursday, August 13th at 7 PM at Lauer Funeral Home, with family present from 6-8 PM. .

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK REQUESTED.

 

Please bring your own lawn chairs for seating during Mass, and arrange in a manner that will provide for your safety, as well as for others. For those with increased safety concerns, who prefer to remain in their car and still attend the funeral Mass, there will be limited parking available.

 

The Funeral will be Friday, August 14th at 7 PM at St Bede’s Cemetery, Kelly, Kansas.

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK REQUESTED.

Following the ceremony, the family will gather in the ST Bede’s Catholic Church parking lot. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a cruise down Main Street in Seneca to remember Rick and the times he cruised the route in his red Ford Fairlane during the 1960s.

 

Please bring your own lawn chairs for seating during Mass, and arrange in a manner that will provide for your safety, as well as for others. For those with increased safety concerns, who prefer to remain in their car and still attend the funeral Mass, there will be limited parking available.

 

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26 Comments

  1. Mark and Bev Henry on August 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers

    • Jeanine (Sohl) Eldar on August 8, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      To the entire Honeyman family, We pray for your faith to comfort you and for your memories to gravitate to all the wonderful times Rick made us all smile. We all will miss his wonderful grin and spirit. Love and hugs to you all!

  2. Joan Akin on August 7, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    So sorry. Many prayers

  3. Karen Brown on August 8, 2020 at 8:34 am

    So sorry for your loss.

    • Judi and Jeff Plumer on August 8, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      All of our love and aloha to his beautiful family. Rick always made sure Janet and I had nice cruising the route car and would always ask us to dance at school functions as we were lined up waiting to be asked!! He had a huge heart and a funny and happy soul. RIP

      • Butch and Marcia Clark on August 13, 2020 at 10:01 am

        Our thought and prayers go out to all the Honeymans. Rick was a good friend and great to work with

  4. Ken and Mary Boeckman on August 8, 2020 at 9:13 am

    So very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Thinking of all of you at this time.

  5. Janie (Honeyman) ZImmerman on August 8, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Rick at the door this spring. He came in and we sat at the kitchen table and our old and new stories began. We laughed so hard at our fishing stories and there were many! He talked about how proud of Ryan he was and buying the dealership here in Marysville was a good investment. I told him I didn’t think I would recognize Halie if I walked right passed her! We talked about our grandkids and how blessed we were (we didn’t get any ugly ones). I send my condolences to all the family. Just know that Bill has been waiting for his best fishing buddy and will be taking him to where the big ones are biting!!! Sending you all Love and Light⭐️

  6. Frank and Sandra Riggins on August 9, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Frank (Jr.) and I are deeply saddened by Ricks passing. We both enjoyed the times we were able to spend together when we traveled to Kansas. We deeply regret that we were not able to have that one last time laughing together this past January when we could not travel back to Kansas. But we will always have our wonderful memories of the time spent at his home in Kansas and the good time we had at KU in October of 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and the family during these very difficult days. May Rick forever Rest In Peace. 🙏🙏🙏

  7. Scott Gingrich on August 9, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Forever Rest In Peace.

  8. Pam Fowler on August 9, 2020 at 11:20 am

    My condolences to the Honeyman family-so sorry to hear of Rick’s Passing 🙏

  9. Mike Groff on August 9, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Linda and Family,

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of Rick. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days ahead.

  10. John and Klee Zaricky on August 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Mary (Betsy Ronnebaum) Williams on August 9, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Dear Honeyman Family, I have been gone from Seneca for many years but there are people and names that are unforgettable! Your family was very much a part of those years growing up – in many aspects of that time of life. I am so sorry for the loss of your big brother – Rick will be remembered by many with their own stories to tell. I will ask my God to bless each of you, especially your beautiful mother, Rosie. God bless you all.

  12. Jim and Linda Slattery on August 9, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Linda and I were shocked and deeply saddened to learn about Rick’s passing! It is hard to believe that this dynamic ball of energy with the hearty laugh and
    easy warm smile has left us. But we know his amazing spirit lives on with Linda, Ryan , Haley and his grandchildren. It is comforting to know our faith teaches us we will meet again.
    I will always be grateful for more than 40 years of loyal friendship and the hospitality Rick and Linda extended to us when I was in the congress.
    We cherish our wonderful memories of Rick and Linda and extend our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Sincerely. Jim and Linda Slattery

  13. Vicki Huerter Tomlinson on August 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Lori and family, I was very sorry to learn of Rick’s passing, it’s very hard loosing a sibling. Prayers for all the family.

  14. Mike and Kay Bitterman on August 10, 2020 at 1:21 am

    We are saddened by the news of Rick’s passing. Our heart felt condolences to his family.

  15. Karen Oxandale on August 11, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Linda,
    I am so sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. I will always remember what great hosts you were and our fun trip to San Francisco.
    May God’s peace be with you now and always.
    Karen

  16. Jeff, Lena, Skylar & Alex Runnebaum on August 14, 2020 at 9:22 am

    We are praying for peace for the family. Rick is at peace. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  17. Gary Bennett on August 14, 2020 at 11:32 am

    I am sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I enjoyed working with Rick at The Kent Brown Auto Dealership Group many years ago. Kansas has lost a great Ford dealer and a super car guy.

  18. Jamie and Morris Rettele on August 14, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    With sympathy to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  19. Mike and Jackie Heinen on August 14, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers at your loss

  20. jim strohmeyer on August 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Rick’s passing. Fond memories of the red Fairlane and the fun times spent in Topeka with Rick
    and Linda. My condolences to the entire family.

  21. Tom McGinty on August 17, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. Someone so special can never be forgotten.

  22. Hiton Siegfried, Kansas City-V Zone Manager, Ford Motor Company on August 18, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    My sincerest condolences to the Honeyman Family during this difficult time.

  23. Jerry Hunninghake on August 24, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I just learned of Rick’s passing today. My deepest condolences to everyone in the Honeyman family and to all of his many friends. Gone way too soon.

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