Richard (Rick) Climer Passes Away

AGM Richard (Rick) Climer of Muldrow, Oklahoma, passed away Thursday, December 24th. He was the former drummer for the Dixie Echoes and The LeFevres (just prior to them changing their name to the Rex Nelon Singers).

He, his wife Rita, and Donnie Williamson had a group in the 1980’s called The Seekers. They were pretty popular in parts of the Midwest. He was also the author of the song “What Did He See in Me” which was made popular by Jimmy Swaggart.

He is survived by his wife Rita, brother Jimmy, and many other extended family members and friends.

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