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Odylon (Tony) Rico:
Tony was born Odylon Rico in 1922 to Luis & Vinceta Rico in Mulvane, Kansas. After a stint in the Army during World War II, Tony went to work for the railroad for 15 years. But Tony believes the nearest thing to heaven is a child, and so he went to work for the Mulvane School system in 1957 until he retired.
Tony met his future wife Mary Gonzalez, and they were married in 1947. Their marriage was blessed with six wonderful children.
In 1948, Tony helped build the St. Michaels Catholic Church in Mulvane, and he and his family have been active members ever since.
In 1978, Tony and Mary Rico were honored as Outstanding Citizens of Mulvane and in 1989 they were chosen as the Old Settlers Day Celebration King and Queen.
In his off time, Tony played the steel-guitar. But it was more than a hobby. He has played with Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys at the Wichita Cotillion and was a regular member of the Powder River Band.
Tony is also a first-rate painter, having painted backdrops for school plays and for Old Settlers park programs. Tony also painted cartoon characters on the Mulvane School buses and his painting legacy remains today for everyone to enjoy.