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Dr. Ricky D. Felts, 65, passed away peacefully January 25, 2018 at his home.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gloria Arvidson Felts; son, Matthew Felts and wife Kelly of T. or C.; 2 grandsons: Jacob Ricky and Benjamin Thomas; father, Howard Felts of T. or C.; sisters: Janet Bredemeyer and husband Ronnie of Waco, TX; Vickie Rutan and husband Dave of Tulsa, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Felts (Karen) in 2016 and his mother, Patty, in 2008.

Ricky was born in San Bernadino, CA and raised in Belen and Albuquerque, NM. After High School graduation, he served in the US Navy as a Seabee, stationed in Gulfport, MS; Subic Bay, Philippines and Rota, Spain until 1973. Ricky then went on and graduated from NMSU in 1977 and then Baylor College of Dentistry in 1980. Following his love of the outdoors, he moved to T or C in 1981 to start his dental practice until he retired in 2010.

 He had the joy of providing care to many wonderful patients and practicing dentistry with his son, Matt, for 5 years. He enjoyed a lifelong passion of hunting and fishing with his family and special friends. He was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association and a fellow of Academy of General Dentistry. He enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball for 7 years. During his 18-year battle with cancer, he received phenomenal support from friends, family, patients and the medical community, and at the end, Amber Care Hospice. Two days before he left this life he said, “I have been blessed with a great family, good friends, loyal staff, special patients and a wonderful life.”

We ask all to come celebrate Dr. Felts’ life with us on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Church at the Butte starting at 11:00 A.M.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Felts’ name to Fellowship Alliance Church of T. or C.; Sierra County Little League (800 N. Cedar St. T. or C., NM 87901) or a charity of your choice.


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  • Friday, January 26, 2018
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
    Gloria, Matt, Kelly, Howard, Jacob and Benjamin, and family of friends: My heart is broken - so much to say and so many wonderful memories and stories about an amazing man and his beautiful family... We love you all. Know that our love, thoughts and prayers are surrounding you so that, with the Grace of God, His goodness will lift and carry you through this time. We just looked at Pat's graduation photo from Baylor Dental Class of 1980 and smiled. Love,
    ~ Rhonda Lane and Pat Hardy   Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
    Gloria & Matt, We are so sorry to hear about Rick our prayers & Thoughts are with you
    ~ Jim & Welda Grider   Carrizozo, NE
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
    Gloria, it saddens us to hear you are mourning the loss of your dear husband. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 34:18. It reads: “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    Denise and I are so sorry to hear about Doc Felts passing. He was a wonderful person and I thought of him as a brother. We will cherish our memories of Doc and we send our love and prayers to you and the family.
    ~ Derek & Denise Irion   Rio Rancho, NM
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    Rick was a great man and a wonderful friend. He will be missed by so many. Prayers to all the Felts family. He was well loved!
    ~ Melanie D'Amour   T or C, NM
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    So here what I have to say about Rick Felts; I met him just weeks after I came to town to work for Les Smith in June 1983. I, my then wife and my newborn daughter, came to this community from a large city; Rick, among others, taught (but more importantly showed) me, how to be a professional in a small town. He showed me that along with the advantages one has in such a situation, one also has grave and important responsibilities to the town and its people. I was not a best friend to Rick; for example, I do not believe he was ever in my house, or I in his. He was, nonetheless, quite a person in my life. Among many dealings I had with this remarkable man throughout the years, I pick these four to share: 1. Once when I was complaining to him about how busy I was such that I could not spare any time to do things for and with the family, he admonished me, “Mark, you have to get recharged;” he warned me to remember that we are all going to be dead for a long time. 2. Once when my wife, Ann, was having a major issue with her teeth, he got her in on an emergency basis and told her while it was going to be a painful ordeal, he would be right there with her throughout the procedure, and “they would see it through.” 3. I am not an outdoorsman, but Dr. Felts along with my children’s stepfather showed them what it was to hunt and fish, something they would have never learned from me. 4. Because of his illness, he had to leave his profession early; for thos of us who went through professional school so long and studied so hard, and then have to be forced to leave a calling in one’s 40’s, it is a real challenge or perhaps more correctly a disappointment, and a feeling, I am sure that “Damn, this is just not fair.” Dr. Rick accepted it with class, and lived a productive life for years thereafter without complaining. So Doc, you did well; the journey is over. Thanks for your wise counsel. You left things better than you you found them! We will watch over Gloria, your Dad, Dr. Matt, your daughter-in-law, and your grandkids until you are all together again. So long, friend and community leader! Mark
    ~ Mark Filosa   Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    Gloria , Matt and all the family ! Sorry for your loss ! Prayers for all ! We will miss Ricky . He was a good friend and a great den ! Richard & Carolyn Johnson
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    Matt and Gloria, You were blessed, and you blessed Rick. I've been praying for you this week, and know it's been such a long road. Praying for Christ's peace and comfort for you. I've never been scared of the dentist, and it's mainly because of your dad's work. I always felt welcome in your home, too.
    ~ Greg Duke   Pueblo, CO
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    So sorry for your loss.
    ~ Pam and Skip Bennett   Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    Howdy, folks, I woke up this Sunday morning with Ricky D. on my mind with a dire need to tell my story about him and the relationship I shared. First on my mind, I sit here drinking my cup of coffee pondering the sobering realization and/or disbelief he is gone fully realizing the finality I will not see him again except in memory. My story of him has to do with him being a tremendous (1) duck hunter, him being a (2) fierce and able competitor as good as I have seen anywhere and anytime regardless of the circumstances, (3) someone who absolutely admired his father, Howard, and trusted and respected him as no other, (3) loved his high school sweetheart, Gloria, like no other man has loved a woman, (4) demonstrated a work ethic any American would want to emulate, and finally his relationship with his Lord and Savior inspired and encouraged by his precious loving mother, Pat, since ever I can remember. First off, Ricky D. did not like being called Ricky D. except for his mother. To me, I share that desire to refer to him affectionately as Ricky D. because of the love it exuded by his mother when she called out to him and because the love I share of him as a surrogate brother. One of my first memorable experiences with him was at a Del Norte High School dance in Albuquerque our sophomore year in the early fall. Rick was extremely and pitifully shy when it came to girls. I was bolder. After experiencing some considerable frustration in that endeavor, I decided to take a walk. For some odd reason, someone set up a temporary circular fenced in pen and plastic pond complete with mallard ducks all set out on the outer edge of the gym. Why? I have no idea why. What I do know I noticed ole Rick standing and leaning over and admiring the ducks with a passion that I shared as well. I went over and enjoyed them, too, and let him know I really wanted to learn how to hunt them. The rest is history and believe me, he taught me. As for a fierce competitor, I watched his basketball games and played baseball with him. He didn’t have the typical physical athletic prowess most of us expect with such success and what he lacked there he made up in passionate fight and effort, and trust me he was a force to be reckoned with. Rick fell madly in love with Gloria our sophomore year. Being pals with Rick, Gloria was in the picture, too. My mother BBQ’d T-bone steak one Saturday afternoon and if I remember correctly, Rick and Gloria joined us. If I am not mistaken, this was the first time mom met Gloria and later that night told me that Rick had hit the jackpot with her and hoped I could, too, find a girl of her caliber. Being the proverbial bachelor and wanna be playboy I am, I tried to get Rick to play around a few times and believe me I caught “hell” from Pat and Gloria. Shame, shame on me! What else can I say? What’s a good friend supposed to do? By the way, I convinced Rick to go duck hunting one last time in November 1976 before going our separate ways and while we were gone and out of town, Gloria gave birth to Matt. Yep! Yours truly was in the mix of things. We ran all the calculations and Rick convinced Gloria he wouldn’t miss the birth. My mother and father were in the throes of a failed marriage and a pending divorce that came at the end of our senior year. Because of that situation and the enjoyment I shared in Rick’s company, I hung around with him a lot and became what I believe and feel was another member of the family including the grocery bills had Howard and Pat to pay to feed me. I do know that I had to help Rick get his chores done if we were going to get to go out and do something together. As a matter of a fact, in year 2000 and month of January, Rick and I met up together again after 24 years apart in T or C, NM. I was there with another friend Rick and I shared, Larry Tuttle, from Rick’s junior high days on a duck hunting trip at the Butte. The encounter and renewing friendship shook both of us to the core and made us realize how much we had meant to each other. By the way, Rick introduced me to two of his best friends in T or C, Joe and Ken, who I got to spend several hunting trips with and came to learn of their high caliber as men of whom I came to deeply respect and admire. Well, some time shortly after the year 2000 encounter his mother, Pat, presented me with an English exposition paper she had kept and that I had written our junior year. It had to do with a successful goose hunt outing Rick and I had near Belen, NM with his dad and younger brother, Jim, joining us. Wouldn’t you know only a mother would keep something like that. In that single little thing, Pat let me know how much she loved and appreciated me. How do you top that? Epilogue: Rick was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000 when we all were forced to deal with the sense of mortality. I had been an agnostic and even worked at being an atheist until 1981 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior after reading the Bible from cover to cover and through the inspiration and guidance of Larry Tuttle. I can’t help but believe that between us all Rick became a real believer at that time. Bear in mind, too, that Pat Felts since our high school and college days had encouraged both of us always to take that path. Rick and I by no means had a fight free relationship and there were some, but somehow we always seemed to forgive each other. My last correspondence with Rick was that he was not afraid to die and was ready to go and be with Jesus. To sum up my take on Rick is that he was a true leader, a faithful and loving son, husband, father, and grandfather, a pillar to his community and an incredible friend and family member to us all. We love you Rick! Thanks for time we shared. We will be joining you soon enough. We sorely miss you. May you rest in peace ole buddy.
    ~ Mark Weems   Durango, CO
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    Our hearts are knit with your family’s in the grief and loss of our everyday interaction with Rick. What a wonderful man of God he was and we grew to love him deeply. We also share in your hope and joy of knowing you will be reunited with him one day and that will be a glorious day. Love you all so much.
    ~ Pastor Bill and Kim Winkler   TorC, NM
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    So very sorry for your loss. Ricky was a good person...so caring and compassionate of others. We were all blessed to have him in our lives.
    ~ Brigitte Sutherland   Elephant Butte, NE
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    Rick was adored by his patients. My mother who died in 2006 loved going to their offices. Rick was one of the finest people that I have known. Matt and Gloria and the rest of the family it was a privilege to have known him.
    ~ Majorie Powey   Williamsburg, NM
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    to a great friend with many memories of great times with our families and the great outdoors. rest easy my friend. hw
    ~ hunter wistrand   spring branch, TX
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    Gloria and Matt, Rick will always have a special place in my heart. He was so kind and helpful to me and my family. He was one of the first friends I made when we moved here . My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless...
    ~ Raybella Schnyder   Elephant Butte, NM
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    Such a a dear friend and our family dentist for all his years in practice. We remember all the good , fun filled gatherings with him and Gloria. We have enjoyed so many little league games, basketball games and baseball games with our boys, Matt and Matt. He is missed and will be forever. We’ll met up again on the other side. Much love and prayers to Gloria, Matt and Kelly and those two adorable grandsons. 🙏😢
    ~ Kathi & Ted Pape   Elephant Butte, NM
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    Well, even though Rick fought his illness for eighteen years, I still believed in miracles and prayed daily for my in-law brother. Rick was a very good christian gentleman. He loved God, his wife, and his family. He never hunted for just the sport of it. He always ate what God provided. He gave 110% of himself to whatever he was doing, whether it was a husband, a father, grandfather, brother. My wife, Janet, and I tried our best to see the whole family at Thanksgiving every year. I have been blessed by having brother, Rick Felts, in my life and Lord we are going to miss him. Rest in peace, brother, Rick. God has taken away all of your pains. (As we discussed this past Thanksgiving.) And you have your new heavenly body now. Plus you have found mom, Pat, brother, Jim, your paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Millard Felts and maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Jim Chamberlain. Thank you goes to all of the friends that have taken the time to enter condolences and a special thanks go to all the people who have provided food. I will not be able to attend the funeral service. In Christian family love, Ronny Bredemeyer.
    ~ Ronny Bredemeyer   Waco, TX
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    A great loss to family and friends My deepest sympathy
    ~ April Simonson   Chloride, NM
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    MY THOUGHTS OUR WITH YOU MATTHEW & GLORIA, HE WAS A GREAT MAN & ALWAYS MADE YOU FEEL LIKE HE WAS ON YOUR TEAM WHEN HE WAS INSIDE YOUR MOUTH. AND ALWAYS EXPLAINED IN DETAIL.FOR THE STAFF MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU ALL BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE STAFF WAS ALSO HIS FAMILY. WITH LOVE, ERIC FREDERICK
    ~ eric frederick   t.or c., NM
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    A fine man and a fine family. Truly, a 'gentle'man. May god bless and comfort all of the Felts' family.
    ~ Susan & Terry Taylor   T or C, NM
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    Gloria and Matt so sad to hear about Dr. Felts. He was a great guy I Missed him when he left and he will still be missed. RIP Rick
    ~ teresa jacquez   torc, NM
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    Gloria, we are all saddened by the news of Rick leaving us. Know that you are truly loved by all of your family. Your Cousin, Kristi
    ~ Kristi Hague   Albuquerque, NM
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    my condolences from my family to yours. Rick was a great neighbour, friend,, and Doc
    ~ Don Armijo   Las Palomas, NM
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    What a GOOD person with a GOOD family. God Bless You Gloria and Matt.
    ~ Sam & Liz Olney & Family
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    So long Rick......
    ~ Ken Riedemann   T or C, NM
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    A great loss, my thoughts are with all the family. He was a great guy! With deepest sympathy, Buzz
    ~ Buzz Easterling   Quemado, NM
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    We are so sorry for your loss Gloria and Matt and family. I am so glad I was one of the lucky ones who got to work with Doc. He was a great dentist and a great friend. He will be missed greatly by all. Love you guys.
    ~ Randy & Denise Lindsey   Hillsboro, NM
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    Gloria, Matt and family - Rick was such a good neighbor and friend. We will miss him and his stories. Sending you prayers and love.
    ~ Bob and Barbara Helms   Las Palomas, NM
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    Doc was very special in so many ways. I know he is missed by his family and this community. He had a way of making you feel welcome. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 states "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
    ~ Stephanie Brownfield   TorC, NM
  • Thursday, February 01, 2018
    Tim, Angela and I are very saddened to hear about Rick. We count you guys as those kind of special people that we never forget even though our lives and locations have changed. We had great times together, "the old gang at the office" and we will always cherish those memories with the both of you. Gloria, I know how strong you are, I always admired your strength. You will always have that to draw on. Love to you and the family. Vikki
    ~ Vikkki Sharpe   Bloomfield, NM
  • Friday, February 02, 2018
    Always a friend. Our sympathy to Gloria and Dr. Matt and all of the family. He was the most gentle dentist and cared so much about us. He was a blessing to this community and will be greatly missed. Harriette & George Bolling
    ~ Harriette Bolling   Elephant Butte, NM
  • Friday, February 02, 2018
    Dr. Rick left a legacy as an employer, as a dentist, as believer of Jesus that people only dream about calling a work home/family. I’m so thankful to have met him and to have been apart of that work family for a little while. Praying for you all Gloria, Dr. Matt, Kelly, Jake, Ben, Holly, Carol, Ruth and everyone at the office! Love you guys!
    ~ Monique Ortega   McKinney, TX
  • Friday, February 02, 2018
    Our deepest condolences to all of the Felts family! So sorry we couldn't attend the service as Jack had Dr. Appointment in Las Cruces. We will never forget what an awesome and wonderful friend Rick was to us. God bless you all! Jack and Brenda
    ~ Jack and Brenda Doil   Monticello, NM
  • Saturday, February 03, 2018
    Sad to hear about Rick. Grateful for having known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria and family.
    ~ Maria L. Cruz-Bennett   Del Rio, TX
  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    Dear family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Ricky. May the God of all comfort give you peace to help you cope during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing our dead loved ones again in the righteous paradise here on earth very soon. Acts 24:15; Psalm 37:29 https://www.jw.org/finder?wtlocale=E&pub=we&srcid=share
    ~ LM   AL
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
    Gloria and family, So very sorry about losing Ricky. Please accept our condolences from all of your mom's brothers relatives. We just heard the news. Stay well. Love, The Dittrich's
    ~ The Dittrich's from Minnesota
  • Sunday, March 25, 2018
    I went to Seabee Builder school with Rick in 1971. He was my room mate and best friend. I've been trying to find him and found his obituary. Damn! I think of Rick every time I hear the song Maggie May by Rod Stewart.
    ~ Terry Klemme   LeMars, IA