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Rick Utter was born in the small farming community of Wheaton, Missouri on December 15, 1950—the only child of Bob and Betty Utter. While attending Wheaton Schools he participated in all sports— particularly enjoying basketball. He also was active in FFA raising and showing livestock at local venues as well as at state fairs. At the ages of 14-16, Rick rode racehorses professionally as a jockey. After graduation, Rick attended Crowder College on a basketball scholarship. After two years he transferred to Missouri Southern where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Secondary Education. In 1976 Rick completed his master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling at Pittsburg State University.
In 1972 Rick began teaching history, physical education and driver’s education at Webb City while also coaching junior high football and freshmen and junior varsity basketball. In 1976 Rick left the classroom to become a guidance counselor. He became the head basketball coach in 1976—a position he held until 1982—and also coached tennis form 1976-1992.
Additionally while employed by Webb City Schools, Rick sponsored the Junior/Senior Prom for many years and implemented “Project Graduation” in 1985. He continued to spearhead that activity until 1997. Rick created and directed the “Tom Gosch Scholarship Golf Tournament” that over the years generated more than $20,000 in scholarship monies. Rick was the PA announcer at all Webb City home football games from 1982-97. Rick was named Southwest District Counselor of the Year in 1996.
In 1997 Rick retired from Webb City Schools in order to work full time as a financial advisor with Heartland Financial Group—something he had been doing part-time for the previous 15 years.
Other community, school, and civic endeavors he has been involved with include Kiwanis Club (serving as president in 1986), Webb City/Carl Junction Rotary (serving as president in 2001), and the Webb City/Carl Junction retired teacher’s association.
Rick is still employed part-time as a financial advisor with Heartland Financial Investments. He also remains active as a Career Coach at Webb City High School serves on the Webb City Cares board of directors and is on the Planning and Zoning Committee for Webb City. Rick is an active member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, where he volunteers with Circles, Affordable Christmas and serves on the First Impressions Team. He also attends Seekers Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church. He and Sue are active supporters of the area “no kill” animal shelters. While he can often be found on the greens and fairways at Briarbrook Golf Course, his most treasured affiliation continues to be with the Webb City Liar’s Club.
Rick is married to Sue Utter (a retired high school counselor) and has one daughter, Amy who resides in Simi Valley California with her husband Dusty Frizzell (they are both Webb City graduates) and their two children Asher and Silas.