Richard W. “Rick” Irving

August 30, 1954 - February 1, 2022

Richard W. “Rick” Irving, 67, of Cape Coral, Florida passed peacefully at home February 1, 2022 surrounded by family following a courageous four year battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Rick was originally from Ft. Wayne Indiana and moved to SW Florida in 1982. He retired from Winn Dixie after 20 years in the maintenance/refrigeration department.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shawn; daughter, Melissa, son, Steven; his beloved granddaughter, Rylee and his soon to be born grandson, Elijah; mother, Barbara; brother, Tim; sisters, Diana (Gary) Diven and Sherrie; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a multitude of good friends.

Rick was predeceased in death by his father, Bill.

Rick wanted to give special thanks to his family and friends by name for all the prayers and support throughout his arduous journey: Melissa/Eddie/Madison/Rylee, Steven/Mellissa, Barb, Sherrie, Diana/Gary, Tim, Blaine, Candy, Mitch/Lisa, Doug/Stephanie, Tony/Kelle, Fred/Lori, Deb, Steve/Chris, Ed/Deb, Becky/Jerry, Maryann/Dave, Linda, Amanda, Kenny, Jimmy and Shawn’s and Diana’s Prayer Warriors. He also wanted to thank the Physicians and their staff who gave him quality of life for as long as possible –M Bloomston, F Zafar (and Ted), K Farag, H Ajlouni and Hope Healthcare Services.

No funeral services will be held per Rick’s wishes. A celebration of life will be held in July in Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Collier/Lee Co. 27299 Riverview Center Blvd. Suite 106 Bonita Springs FL 34134 or Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Foundation 3100 SW 62nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33155.

Rick will be sadly missed by all.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Billie O’Drain Feb 2, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. Although we did not spend a great deal of time together, I enjoyed those moments. He is loved and shall be missed.

  2. Sue Meintel Feb 2, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    From the time we moved to the Fort until Rick moved to Florida my husband and I spent many fun times at our house, on the lake, and out on motorcycles. He will so be missed. Hugs to the family.

  3. Christina and Steve Moss Feb 2, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    God has called him home. Rick will be missed for sure. A great Guy, funny and always a good time! I will miss my Birthday buddy and friend! Steve will miss his long time friend. You got your wings Rick fly high!

  4. Royster Family Feb 2, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    I have only met him a couple times which was Halloween to stop by with Melissa so he could see his granddaughter Riley and give her some candy before she went off trick or treating somewhere else. He made sure my kids had some candy as well (knowing they would all have plenty) 🤣. He seemed like a great man and had a great life full of family and love. RIP Rick you will be missed and loved by of course so many. I am so sorry for all of your loss.

  5. Mitch Feb 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I will miss you brother

  6. Deb Tannehill Feb 3, 2022 at 8:41 am

    So many memories dating back to childhood. He will be missed by many. RIH Rick. Praying for peace and healing for all who loved him.

  7. Jann Nelson Feb 3, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Rick was my high school sweetheart. It was a long time ago and we both moved on to much more suitable partners! I’m grateful we remained friends and and I was able to see him recently. Rest In Peace Rick. Your loving family and friends will miss you. Thanks for the memories!

  8. Diana Vallini Feb 3, 2022 at 11:06 am

    I will always have the memories of our times in Daytona for Nascar. Way too much fun for all of us.. LOL.

  9. Michele Feb 6, 2022 at 9:02 am

    I knew Rick back in the early early ’80s and I often looked for him on Facebook and ironically on obituaries in Fort Wayne sometimes… When this popped up my heart did a skipping beat…I’m sad to hear this news but my search is over.. my condolences to his family

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