MEDWAY – Ricky Dale Magoon Sr., 51, died April 30, 2008, at a Lincoln hospital, after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer. He was a young man with a strong heart and a stronger will to live. He put up a hard and exhausting fight right up until the end. He was the husband and soul mate of Wendy S. “Deedee” Magoon. Deedee is a registered nurse who helped and cared for him for the last seven months of his life. He was diagnosed in 2004 and never began having pain until the spring of 2007. He tolerated it well up until around Christmas time, then his pain began to enhance. He resided with his wife and stepson, Nicholas Ryan Chase, until April 17 when hospice recommended he enter the hospital for pain management. They said “just for a few days,” but Deedee knew he wouldn’t be back home. He was born April 16, 1957, the only son of Harry and Mary Magoon of Lincoln. He grew up in Mattawamkeag, where he attended school and Zion Pentecostal Church. Ricky worked for Great Northern Paper Co. for many years and then began working other various jobs. He was very creative and imaginative. He built furniture and various other wooden pieces. Ricky loved Harley Davidsons; he owned and rode them for several years. He went on many long trips with his friends and first wife. Ricky loved music. He played the guitar and saxophone, and had a gift to sing, but never liked to admit it. Then his passion became boating. He owned a 22-foot long cabin boat, in which he spent much of his time on. He’d drop the anchor whenever and wherever he found a beautiful place to spend a few days. His last boat ride was last fall with Deedee in October when the foliage was beautiful. He dropped the anchor near the “old singing bridge” in Medway on a full moon night where they spent the night. It was absolutely beautiful with the moon glistening on the water, and the sound of the water gently splashing up against the side of the boat. This will be one of Deedee’s dearest memo-ries. He had another passion; his family, children and grandchildren whom he loved very much. Ricky had too many friends to count and seemed like every where he went he’d meet up with a friend or make a new one. Ricky had a sense of humor and loved to laugh and make other people laugh. Ricky re-dedicated his life to the Lord in January and knew he had a place in heaven awaiting him, a place where he’d have no more pain and could finally have peace. Ricky loved the Lord, and was a kind and considerate man who touched many lives. In addition to his parents, wife and stepson, he is survived by his stepdaughter, Wendy Kinney and Joe, and their children, Morgan and Ciara; a son, Rick Jr. and wife, Kristi, and Rick’s daughter, Emily; three sisters, Karen of Belfast and her sons, Joey and wife, Sandra and their children, Brianna and Brett, Kevin and wife, Samantha and their children, Kevin Jr., Mikayla and Christian, Raegene of Georgia and her daughter, Sherry and granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Chelsea, Lorrinda and husband, Jeff and their sons, Jeff Jr., Justin, Jarod and Jonah and his wife. He also leaves behind his first wife and mother of his children, Cris and the Kinney family. He cherished his three granddaughters and loved spending time with them. He was predeceased by an infant brother, Lloyd; his grandparents; and a niece, Nekia. Ricky believed until the end, God would give him a miracle. Many believe God did not, but God relieved him of all the pain and suffering he has endured, that is the miracle. Ricky thanks the nurses and other staff members at Penobscot Valley Hospital and the Hospice team at Community Health and Counseling Services of Lincoln for the outstanding care and kindness he received. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. Friday at Mattawamkeag Church of God. Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Mark York officiating. Interment will be at Grindstone Road Cemetery, Medway. Those who wish may donate in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Maine Chapter, One Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086 or to Ronald McDonald House, 654 State St., Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. For an online guest book, please visit