|We wondered how they came to co-chair the committee and Linda recounted how it all started; “Last year, Mary Schultz, who was then the QOH chair, said in a club meeting that she needed some help. Both Kathy and I raised our hands. Mary had been working on the committee for 10 years and was ready to step down and let others have the opportunity. We want to thank Mary for her 10 years of service for the Veterans.”
KATHY RICKE (pronounced “Ricky”)
Like so many park residents, Kathy is from Minnesota; specifically, from Marshall. She married her husband Tim, a mechanical engineer, and they had four kids (and now have three grandchildren). Along the way, she graduated from Concordia College in St. Paul and had a career as a paralegal, working for a law firm, a hedge fund, and for the last five years of working, an insurance company. She retired in 2020.
Asked how she came to The Resort, she smiled and said, “Like everyone else.” And she went on to explain the web of connections with other residents that brought her for visits: “I had a brother and a sister and a cousin living in the park. We visited in 2017 and then bought in 2020.”
Linda grew up in Granger, Iowa and received her Associate Degree in Business and continued at Iowa State University, then working at Principal Financial Group. Her husband, Randy, graduated from Delaware Valley University with a degree in Agronomy. Randy worked in a mushroom farm in Pennsylvania, then started his own farm in Iowa. Linda and Randy met at her farm machinery sale in 1986 and married later that year, creating a blended family of five kids. Randy’s mushroom experience moved them to Brush Prairie, Washington and Linda’s management job with Principal Financial Group moved them to Monument, Colorado, then Portland, then Cumming, Iowa, where she retired after 24 years. Over the years, they have traveled to all 50 states together, either for their jobs or in their RV.
Randy and Linda started visiting Linda’s parents at The Resort in 1989 and became winter residents in 2013.
Photo: Linda and Randy Pleva, Kathy and Tim Ricke