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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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Rickie “Rick” Arlen Rafferty Pretzer, age 66, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2022 at Carrington Health Center, with family by his side.

Rick was born on August 11, 1956 in Fort Rucker, AL to William A. Rafferty and Dorothy Duursma Rafferty. William Arlen Rafferty passed away, June 20, 1960. Rick was later  adopted into the Pretzer family.

Rick graduated from Carrington High School in 1975. He attended 2 years of college in Wahpeton, ND, for auto body repair and upholstery.

Rick was united in marriage to Rebecca Marie Frederickson, on June 11, 1977, at Trinity Church in Carrington, ND. On June 16th, 1980 they welcomed a baby boy, Joshua William. On November 6th, 1982 they welcomed their little girl, Jessica Elizabeth.

He was employed for a short time at Ed Fettig Upholstery in Jamestown, ND. Rick moved back to Carrington and was employed with Reimer’s Seed Farm, Butt’s Feed Lot, and Dakota Grower’s Pasta company, until his health disabled him.

Rick enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to go hunting, fishing, camping and water sports. When he wasn’t hunting, fishing, or out on the water, he enjoyed anything that had to do with cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Rick is survived by his wife Becky, Carrington ND, son Joshua (Danielle) Pretzer, daughter Jessica (Rick) Jones and grandchildren, Logan Pretzer, Londyn and Berkley Paulson, Alex, Connor and Emma Jones. Sisters, Joanne Carlson (Terry), Vickie Quast (Dennis), and Roxanne Pretzer. Brothers, Greg Pretzer (Diane), Scott Pretzer, Mike Pretzer (Alecia), and Buddy “Dale” Pretzer (Greta), as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, adoptive dad, brother, grandparents, and in-laws.


Rick’s Visitation will be Monday, from 4:00PM-6:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 6:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

His Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 2:00PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND.

His Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.


Posted Condolences:


  1. Becky and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Hugs!

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Rest in peace Rick. You will be missed 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  3. Becky and family,

    Sending hugs, prayers and lots of love during this difficult time!!

  4. Becky and family, so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Seems like only yesterday that we were at CHS. I hope your memories will get you through this tough time.

  5. I’m thankful I got to know and be part of the family for the time that I did. Rick was always good to me.. he was the first person I called when I passed my motorcycle test.. the written one. I pray that Londyn,B, and Logan can cherish their memories. God Bless you all.

  6. Becky & Family, We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Our Deepest Condolences during this difficult time for you and your family.

  7. Thinking of you, Jess and Josh, and all of your family. I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.

  8. Rest in Peace Rick. Prayers for Becky and family, he will be remembered through all the memories. Sending hugs!!!!

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss Becky.

  10. Sending sincere condolences to you Becky & family. I’m so sorry.


  11. Pretzel Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Our sincere sympathy to the family.

  13. Becky and Family, We send our love and prayers. So sorry for your loss. May God Bless you and help you all through this loss.

  14. May you hold cherished memories in your heart and find comfort for the days ahead.

  15. So sorry to hear of your loss, our deepest sympathy to you, Josh & Jess. We really enjoyed our visit with Rick at the farmers market, and glad we got our chance to see him doing so well. Sending lots of love and hugs to you all!

  16. We are really sorry to hear about Rick I am sure he’s going to be missed by many people, our condolences to the whole family.

  17. Becky and family, very sad to see this. May God bring you peace.

    Hugs to you ❤️

  18. Our sincere sympathy to the Pretzer family. May God bring you peace.

  19. Rest in Peace Rick, deepest sympathy to the Pretzer family.

  20. Becky and family – I’m so very sorry for your loss. Dan and I enjoyed our friendship with both of you . Sadly illness , time and years got away from all of us. But I treasured our time together .

  21. Becky and families. We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Our Love and Prayers to you. Roger and Linda

  22. Becky, so very sorry for your loss. God’s comfort and peace to you and your family.

  23. Just saw this now and it hit us like a ton of bricks.
    Sorry for your loss Becky and the kids.
    Hopefully now he is pain free and able to do things he couldn’t do before.
    He will truly be missed by many and definitely by Brenda and I.
    Rick and I had a great time shooting prairie dogs years back when we went to McIntosh and took our Ranger out and spent 3 days putzing around and shooting those dogs. Had many good laughs and those were 3 darn good days.
    Rick would stop in and see us when we moved to Bismarck and we sure would enjoy his company.
    Rick was down to earth and had a great sense of humor too.
    May our Dear Lord welcome him into his Kingdom for all of Eternity.
    Rest in Peace my friend!


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