Ricky S. Hillard was born in East St. Louis, Illinois to Ricky S. Hillard Sr. and Dawn Thurman (Hyde) on April 24, 1980. Both parents and his stepfather Nelson Hyde preceded him in death. He was raised in East St. Louis, Illinois where he graduated from East St. Louis Sr. High School and later joined The United States Army.
During his service time, he served in The United States Army and the Army Reserves. He did two tours overseas in Iraq and a deployment to Afghanistan.
He received various certificates for his service that he was very proud of. Rick was a fun, loving, good hearted and very generous person. He was also a very talented artist. He loved to cook and treat himself to nice gifts. He was a joy to have around. HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED by his sense of humor. HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his two children; Derrick Brooks and Kaziah Hillard; sisters, Tamara (Chris) Purley, Alicia Bingham; two brothers, Awtuane Thurman and Demarcus (Andrea) Thurman, ex-wife Ericka Hillard (whom always remained a constant help and a friend to him); a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
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