The Des Moines Register has memorial service information for Rick
Richard Cicalo died September 7. Celebration of life services will be 10:30 a.m. September 11, at United Presbyterian Church in Washington. Visitation is at 12 p.m. Wednesday at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home.
Washington mayor dies
Eastern Iowa music fans stunned by the sudden death of bassist Rick Cicalo might be surprised to learn he was a mayor, too. "We're going to miss him dearly," Washington, Iowa, City Council member Merle Hagie said last night. "Music and (being) mayor was his life." Cicalo, 54, died Sunday at his home. Hagie said Cicalo had recently been diagnosed with cancer. "We found out about a week ago he was very sick," said Hagie. Cicalo, who played bass with such Iowa notables as Bo Ramsey, Greg Brown, and Big Wooden Radio, was elected to his first term in November 2005. "I thought he was doing an excellent job," said Hagie. "He was a young man, he was doing a very good job." During his shortened tenure, Cicalo was an advocate for downtown improvements and the city's library. Cicalo was also a supporter of PAWS & More, Washington County's non-profit animal shelter. After noticing it had fallen into disrepair, Cicalo launched an effort to refurbish the grave of Ola Babcock Miller, the Washington native who began what became the Iowa State Patrol while she was the state's secretary of state in 1933. The gravesite was renewed, and a dedication held in August 2006. "He was promoting Washington as much as humanly possible," said Hagie. City Council member Sandra Johnson, the mayor pro tempore, will take over take over the mayor's post for the balance of Cicalo's term or until a special election is held, Hagie said.