Professional Tree Trimmer Tragically Dies in Accident

November 18, 2011 – Belleville, IL. Richard Risinger, a 54 year old resident and professional tree trimmer, was fatally entangled in a wood chipper. According to a coroner spokesman, a part of Richard’s jacket became tangled up and dragged him head-first into the machine while he was feeding a branch into the wood chipper. The staff at Best Trees To Plant extends our most sincere condolences to Richard’s family.

We would like to stress that safety is extremely important when trimming your beautiful trees. Whether you are using heavy machinery, sharp tools, or even standing near a tree being trimmed, it very important to be aware of your surroundings and make sure everyone, including yourself, is safe.

Richard was a professional tree trimmer on a routine job. Most people trimming trees are casual homeowners who don’t always think about the risks they are taking when trimming a tree.

  • Make sure you always have a spotter. If an accident occurs, having someone close-by and aware of what you are doing enables them to quickly assist you or call for help.
  • Respect your tools. Knowing how your tools work and properly using them is very important.
  • Don’t trim a tree too big for you. If you don’t feel comfortable trimming a tree, don’t risk your life. Call a professional to climb up high or use a cherry-picker and trim for you.


Richard Allen “Rick” Risinger, 54, of Alton, Ill., formerly of O’Fallon, Ill., born Oct. 24, 1957, in Flint, Mich., died on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.

Rick was a United States Navy veteran. He was a long time employee of Bethel Eckert, Collinsville, Ill. Rick enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and he will be sadly missed.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene, nee Fain, (Daddy Bob)Haught; sister, Teresa Risinger; uncle, Eddie Risinger; nephew, Jeffrey Holcomb; and a niece, Julie, nee Kelly, Jones; father-in-law, Marshall McCane Sr.; and a sister-in-law, Cindy McCane.

Surviving are his loving wife, Amy, nee McCane, Risinger of Alton, Ill.; his children, Courtney Risinger of Alton, Ill., Jennifer (Christian) Charlebois of Quebec, Canada, Matthew Risinger of Heber Springs, Ark., and Ricky Slogan of Swansea, Ill.; two grandchildren, Allie and Elizabeth; father, James Risinger of Fort Meyers, Fla.; his siblings, Gary (Donnie) Risinger of Baltimore, Md.., Dennis (Cindy) Risinger, Larry (Iretha) Holcomb and Karen (Larry) Beliew, all of Paragould, Ark., Hershall (Brenda) Holcomb of Atlanta, Ga., and Butch (Jamie) Risinger of Redding, Calif., mother-in-law, Norma McCane, brothers-in-law, Billy (Dawn) McCane, and Marshall (Tammy) McCane, and sister-in-law, Lori (Jack) Clark, all of Alton, Ill.; a dear friend, Jerry (Patricia) Parnell of Caseyville, Ill.; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, per the family request, donations may be made to the family in care of Amy Risinger. Condolences may be offered at

Obituary published in Belleville News-Democrat from November 21 to November 22, 2011

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.