LAKE SHANNON, IL – Rick W. Meredith, age 55, of Lake Shannon, IL passed away Friday, May 29, 2020 at his home. Born February 5, 1965 in Kankakee, IL, he was a graduate of Reddick High School with the class of 1983. He worked for Lake Shannon, Inc. for a number of years prior to working for Morris Trailer Sales, Inc. for 20 years. He was a member of the American Water Ski Association (AWSA) and was a former instructor for the Meredith Waterski School at Lake Shannon. He won National Waterski Championships in slalom and is a former national record holder in waterskiing, which stands current today. Rick’s true passion was water sports, but he also enjoyed dirt biking in his youth. He was such a fun guy with a heart of gold, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Surviving are his mother, Suzanne (nee Locke) Meredith of Lake Shannon; three brothers: Shannon (Ann) Meredith and Brandon (Kerri) Meredith, all of Lake Shannon, and Neal Meredith of Longham, FL; and nieces and nephew: Kendall, Ava and Andrew Meredith. Preceding him in death was his father, Lloyd W. Meredith (2/17/2016). Private graveside services will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery. R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements. For more information and to visit his online guestbook, please log on to or find us on Facebook at R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory.