Zachary Paul ‘Woodman’ Rhykerd
March 28, 1983 – June 6, 2021
Zachary Paul “Woodman” Rhykerd, 38, Altoona, died Sunday of the all too common death by overdose.
He was the beloved son of Scott and Christy (Burget) Rhykerd; grandson of William and Marjorie Burget; the fun-loving brother to Kari Blake (Neil), Jessica Tryninewski (Josh) and Jarod Rhykerd; and goofy, but fun uncle to his six nieces and nephews. What he loved most was being called “DADDY” by three beautiful daughters: Briella, Brynn and Ariah.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Paul and Gladys Rhykerd.
Zach loved spending time in his garage that he lovingly called “Woodman’s Wood Shop,” where he displayed his many unique collectibles and did woodworking, always turning trash into treasure.
During the last 20 years, Zach struggled and fought so hard against addiction and we repeatedly saw God’s hand of mercy. God’s mercy was no less present on Sunday in his death. His last two months were spent in rehab where he made friends, and shared about Jesus as his Savior and how important his faith was to him. He also shared with them his struggle with addiction. Addiction stole those 20 years, not to mention his future hopes and dreams with his beloved children, family and friends. If you know someone in this struggle too, be gentle with them, love them and point them to Jesus, because now the only thing that mattered about Zach’s life is his faith in Christ that will matter for all eternity.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a 2 p.m. service Saturday, June 12, 2021, at New Life Alliance Church, 2879 Everett Road, East Freedom, with Pastor Ed Jelleff officiating.
Arrangements are by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a www.gofundme.com for a trust fund for his daughters. Https://gofund.me/bb63737f.