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Thursday, February 18, 2021

CARMAN, Iconic CCM Trailblazer, Dies at 65 In Las Vegas Hospital

****The following is from and I have posted it here as a reminder to myself, I will forever remember attending his show many years ago in Anderson Indiana at the old Anderson High School and I was sorry to hear of his passing****
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Member, CARMAN, Iconic CCM Trailblazer, Dies at Las Vegas Hospital

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (February 16, 2021) - GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, CARMAN, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital, after fighting a series of complications resulting from surgery to repair a hiatal hernia.

Carman Dominic Licciardello, known to fans worldwide as “Carman,” was 65.

Born January 19, 1956 in Trenton, New Jersey, Carman began his musical career playing drums in his mother’s band at the age of 15. Carman holds the world record for having the largest audience to see a single Christian artist. He set the record for the largest concert at Texas Stadium with more than 71,000 fans and led more than 80,000 fans in worship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Among his many awards, Carman received the House of Hope of Humanitarian Award for his positive influence in the lives of American youth in 2006, other noted recipients of this award include Ronald & Nancy Reagan and Billy Graham. The Gospel Music Association honored Carman with induction into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018. Billboard named Carman “Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year” in 1992 and 1995, and in 1993, his album, Addicted to Jesus, earned the distinction of Contemporary Christian Album of the Year. Carman was Grammy-nominated multiple times as the Best Pop Contemporary Gospel Artist. His recording, “A Long Time Ago in a Land Called Bethlehem” was nominated for “Album of the Year” by the Recording Academy in 1986.

In 1985, the release of his first #1 song, "The Champion," solidified his place in music history and defined his soul-winning career as one of endurance, grit, dedication, and pure talent. Anyone who knew Carman knows that he counted only this as his greatest lifetime achievement – winning millions of souls to Christ.

Matt Felts, Carman's manager, states: "When Carman resumed touring again a few years ago, he was concerned that no one would care that he was back. He was wrong. Every night fans packed out venues and his ministry was as powerful as it ever was. This world has lost a light in the darkness but today Carman saw first hand the fruit of his labors.

Carman was planning to embark on a 60-city tour later this month.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Richard (Rick) Rathbun

I worked with Rick back in the late 70's or early 80's at Clara's Pizza King on Madison St. in Muncie and was saddened to hear of his passing

Richard C. (Ricky) Rathbun, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 18, 2020 with his devoted husband at his side. Ricky fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. He stayed determined and maintained a positive attitude throughout, providing encouragement and humor to the staff and others at the cancer center enduring treatments alongside him.

Rick was born the fourth and youngest child of Keith and Betty (Rathbun) Trickler, on May 20, 1958. He attended Daleville Community Schools graduating in 1976, where he was active in the marching band during high school. Playing the trumpet and performing as the Drum Major during his Junior and Senior years.

Having many talents and interests, he held a variety of jobs in his life. Among those included patient care, central supply tech at Ball Memorial Hospital as well as waiting tables and bartending. Rick also studied botany and worked as a floral arranger for a brief time at Cade’s Florist and artistic flower arrangements became an interest and a talent he continued to practice throughout his life. Rick had a keen eye for fine art and stylish dress that was admired by his friends and family. He was a fantastic interior decorator and had a natural eye for design. He kept a beautiful home garden and created many decorative floral arrangements.

Rick not only carried a host of talents, but also had a beautiful spirit. Rick was strong but gentle, kind but firm, and always led with his heart first. He Helped many people in battling addictions and was a pillar in time of need. He was a true friend and is a generous soul.

Upon relocating to Indianapolis in the 1990’s, Rick found recovery from drug and alcohol abuse and an interest in helping others battling the disease of addiction. While working various jobs including sales at Nordstrom and assisting in counseling addicts at various treatment facilities Valle Vista, Options, Community Behavioral Health. Rick studied at Indiana Wesleyan University attaining an Associate Degree in Addictions Studies, and a Bachelors in Addictions Counseling from Martin University in 2014. Most recently, Rick was employed at G4S as a security officer.

Ricky married to the love of his life, Cliff Graham III, on August 17th, 2017. He is survived by Cliff and his son Jalen Graham, two brothers Jeff of Upland, Ron of Muncie, a sister Kathie (husband Chris) Hiatt of Muncie, Step-sisters Alice (husband Wilson) Palmer, Cincinnati, Ohio, Ann (husband Jock) McNulty, Lynnwood, Washington, Step-brother John (wife Vicki) Trickler, La Porte, Indiana. Nine nieces and nephews and twelve great nieces and nephews and many beloved friends.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Keith Rathbun, and Betty and Jack Trickler. A celebration of Ricky’s life will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Harry W. Moore Chapel 8151 Allisonville Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46250, Visitation 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. with Memorial Service at 1:00P.M.

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