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Rick Hobbs, 60, of Richland, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach.

He was the Tri-County Fire Protection District Chief, Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District Battalion Chief, and one of the founding fathers of Tri-County Fire when it formed in 1991.

Rick is survived by his wife Robin of the home in Richland; his son, Russell Hobbs (Danielle) of Richland; two grandchildren, Nadia and Alaina Hobbs; his father, Francis Hobbs of Richland; brothers, Francis Eugene Hobbs (Doris) of Climax Springs, and Tim Farmer (Kelly) of Hendersonville, Tenn.; sisters, Sue Pentecost, Dalene McDaniel (Kenneth), Holly Joy Hobbs (Travis), all of Richland; mother-in-law, Nancy Helms of Warsaw; sister-in-law, Irene Handley (John) of Avon Park, Fla.; brother-in-law, John Fluty (Shamane) of Warsaw; one aunt, Dorothy Mayhew of Crocker; one uncle, James Boren (Sue) of Swedeborg; his greatly loved fire family — brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, until time of service at 2 p.m. in the Richland High School Gymnasium in Richland. Burial will follow in the Oaklawn Cemetery at Richland under the care and direction of Memorial Chapel of Richland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rick Hobbs and can be left at the Memorial Chapel of Richland. Online condolences can be sent at