January 28, 1958 – February 27, 2023
Rick was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona February 27, 2023, in the comfort of his home. Rick moved to Arizona in 1985 where he held a career in the Automotive Industry.
Rick Lepowsky is survived by his wife of 34 years of a loving marriage, Janet Lepowsky, children, Melissa, Alex, Breana, & Makenna, grandchildren, Will, Nora, and a new granddaughter expected this month, his mother, Patricia Reams, brothers & sisters; Larry (Robbin), Pam (John), Tiger (Renee), Gary (Patti), Scott (Maylou), Ronny, Heidi (Tom), Lisa (Elias), Renee (Jarrett), and all his beautiful nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Brenson Lepowsky, stepfather Howard Sweirs, and sister Cheryl Sweirs.
Rick was an accomplished man with many hobbies in life. Working in the car industry for 25-plus years was one of his greatest feats. He took pride in what he did and was a pillar and influence on many in this industry. The house was always filled with coworkers and friends for the grand parties he would throw for events, especially the Super Bowl. Rick took much pride in his family and provided guidance, encouragement, and unconditional love, as well as being the dynamo that steered them. Rick was an exceptionally hard worker and driven man. His resilience outshined every challenge he faced. Rick was loved by many in his community, as he left a lasting impact on every person he encountered. He was quick to make friends and In Rick, you had a loyal friend for life. He made friends with many neighbors and enjoyed morning walks with Bob and sharing laughs with Mary and Sandy. Rick Loved animals, as he grew up on a farm in his youth in Wayzata, MN. He enjoyed gardening, and once built an entire greenhouse with a water system, for his girls which is one of their favorite memories with him. Dad spent many weekends golfing. Rick loved music, and he could carry a tune.
He enjoyed all types of music with some favorite artists being Neil Young, Willy Nelson, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. As many knew, he was a walking jukebox; he would even throw some rap and original freestyles accompanied by excellent dance skills into the mix. He was a storyteller, poet, and romantic in life, making sure to always go out of his way to surprise his loved ones with short poems, compliments, and gestures. Janet would wake up to a love note or poem every morning with her cup of coffee. He carried a very large and kind heart, with a tender soul that never ran out of space to love others. He loved to be of service and help people. His favorite place was Bartlett Lake in Arizona, where he would take his jeep off-roading, his boat fishing, and his family camping. Rick took in everything life had to offer, he had a love and thirst for excitement. Rick was a prankster and his clever humor was enjoyed immensely, there will be much less laughter without his presence. His appreciation for the life around him was infectious as he could lighten every place he visited. Rick was a mighty force that would affect every person in the room.
Rick was a joyous father and family man, his affirmations and kindness were a gift to receive, his departure has left a great void in our hearts. You are loved in the truest of forms.
Rest in Peace Ricky Dean.
Memorial Service will be held with close family and friends. Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85018, honoring the life of Ricky Dean Lepowsky, loving father, husband, brother, son, and friend. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.