My favorite family photo
Rick Fonger
  • 60 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 6, 1953
  • Place of birth:
    Wexford, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 14, 2013
We miss you "Big Daddy"

Rick was a great father and amazing husband. He found the love of his life early on and showed her his love every day for the next 40 years. Rick’s pride in his three children cannot be described in words. His wife and children were his world.

We are all proud of the man he was and that we were lucky to have him in our lives.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be scheduled at a later date once Linda has left the hospital.

He will be missed

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ken Madler on 15th October 2016

"Rick was a terrific brother in law. Always willing to help a family member and be there for you. Heaven could not have blessed my sister Linda and her strong children with a better husband and father. His daily demonstration of how a man loves his family was always exemplary and he set a high standard.  Miss you."

This tribute was added by Linda Fonger on 14th October 2016

"Big Daddy,
Another years has gone by and I still miss you just as much as the day you left me. I can now think about you, and I smile.  The tears still flow, I miss my best friend.

I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.

I thought of you yesterday and days before that too.

I think of you in silence,  I often speak your name.

All I have are memories and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is a keepsake, from which I'll never part.

God has you in His arms,  I have you in my heart.

Love you always,  Cupcake"

This tribute was added by Linda Fonger on 6th April 2016

"The moment you left me, my heart was split in two; one side filled with memories of you; the other side died with you.   I often lay awake at night when the world is fast asleep; and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheeks. Remembering you is easy.  I do it every day; but missing you is heartache that never goes away.  I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain; you see, life has gone on without you,, but will never be the same.
Happy Birthday, Big Daddy!
Forever, CupCake."

This tribute was added by Linda Fonger on 1st February 2016

"The hardest part of losing some one, isn't having to say goodbye, but rather learning to live without them. Always trying to fill the void, the emptiness that left inside your heart when they go.

Still missing you.........
Happy anniversary.....
Cupcake"

This tribute was added by Linda Fonger on 14th October 2015

"Well, Big Daddy, it's been 2 years since I last saw you! My heart ache has eased but I still grieve for you. I miss your smell, just one more cuddle, and your silly grin that I knew you just shaved.
I hope you enjoy your resting place near your son. I know he feels closer to you and you'll keep him safe.
You're still so missed by the whole family. Thanks for watching over all of them and us.
Still miss you, you're in my heart.
Love you still!   Cupcake"

This tribute was added by Linda Fonger on 10th June 2015

"Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly the same as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. What ever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.  Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight. I am but waiting for you, for an interval, some where very near, just around the corner. All is well!  

Take care of Bobby......
Ride those Harley's together!!

Felix culpa, Big Daddy!!!
Still missing you, Love CupCake."

This tribute was added by Linda Fonger on 2nd February 2015

"Today would have been our 41st anniversary. I still miss you! I just wanted you to know that I'm still thinking about you. Happy Anniversary, Big Daddy!

I miss the way you made me laugh.   Keep me and the kids safe, you're our angel!

Love, Cup Cake"

This tribute was added by Ken Madler on 22nd October 2014

"There is absolutely no doubt that Rick was a first rate husband and father.  He was exceptional and devoted to both roles.  You knew he loved his family and it still shows in how he continues to be honored by them. Rick, thank you for taking such good care of my sister and the love you showered on your children.  You were always so proud of each and every one of them.  They deserved the best and they got it from you.  Thanks for setting such a high standard of what a GREAT husband and father is, and for all the years of showing us what a true family is.  You may be gone, but certainly are not forgotten.  I'll miss seeing you at deer camp but we'll all be thinking of you."

This tribute was added by Linda Fonger on 14th October 2014

""Big Daddy"  It's been a year since your death.  I feel you around me, guiding me.....I miss your smell especially after you shaved.  You would lean into me and just stand there, real close, just waiting, and smiling, never saying a word. I'd sniff your face and neck. We'd both just smile and I'd tell you "Leave me alone, I'm busy"! I miss your stupid jokes that you thought were so funny, and your face would wrinkle up. your eyes would tinkle, and we'd both just laugh because your jokes were funny. Time has healed nothing! but it has eased the grief!! I still love you and miss you. You are always in my heart......
"Cupcake"
"Sweet Cheeks"
P.S.  Thanks for the great weather on your Memorial! I asked you, and like always, you smiled on us. You would have loved the party!! It was just how you would have wanted it.  Turkey and beer, too much of both!!   Your children make me so proud!! They miss you too..."

This tribute was added by Lisa Gordon on 6th April 2014

"Remembering you on your birthday- bring back memories of you watching NASCAR, dinner at Red Lobster and sharing your family and your Dudt's birthday cake with me. Miss you lots"

This tribute was added by Linda Fonger on 6th April 2014

"Happy Birthday, Big Daddy!  Still missing you every day.  Still loving you every day. You are my heart.  Love you. Forever missed , CupCake!"

This tribute was added by David Jones on 16th March 2014

"I was just a little boy the last time I saw my Uncle Rick at Fonger"s Motel.... or at the house above the Starlight.  I think of him and Grandma and Grandpa often.  Linda and family I am very sorry for your loss.... from the pictures he had a wonderful life and family!  God bless you all...  David Jones"

This tribute was added by Linda Fonger on 27th January 2014

""Grief the Unspoken"

Death changes everything!  Time changes nothing.....I still miss the sound of your voice, the wisdom in your advice, the stories of your life and just being in your presence. So "No", time changes nothing,  I miss you as much today as I did the day you died.  I just miss you!  

"author unknown"

I love you as much today as much as I did the day you died! Happy Anniversary!!!  Forty Years just wasn't long enough!!!

Love, Linda"

This tribute was added by richard norman on 12th December 2013

"LINDA AND FAMILY, SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU AND RICK BACK IN COLUMBUS GA. [ FT.BENNING]. ME AND DEBBY AND FAMILY STILL HERE. LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ANYTHING WHATSOEVER. LOVE ALWAYS"

This tribute was added by Angel Pappalardo on 30th October 2013

"Linda, Chad, Kristy and Kelley -  My thoughts and prayers are with you guys during this difficult time. This site is lovely. What a great way to honor Rick's memory and remember the good times you all shared together."

This tribute was added by Sharon Holdcroft on 27th October 2013

"We have many great memories going back to the Wilbers, Wolffs Lake, Tionesta camping and Ed's grandfather's house, and all the Memorial Day parties over the years.  We will miss Rick as he was a great guy, father, husband and friend."

This tribute was added by codey cross on 25th October 2013

"Chad & family... All of you are in our hearts & thoughts. Sorry for your loss. Chris and I are thinking of you & love you chaddles!!!"

This tribute was added by Tom Gordon on 23rd October 2013

"Linda, Kelley, Kristy and Chad,  Please accept my deepest sympathy.  Rick was a person you could always count on, a friend.  He loved his family very much, he will be deeply missed.  I have many memories of Rick and his family(fishing, hunting or just hanging out on weekends). You are in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Cindy Herrmannn on 23rd October 2013

"Linda & Family, I am so sorry for your loss.  Please accept my deepest sympathy, you are in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Mary Schnepp on 21st October 2013

"Life is a journey that hopefully continues after death.  Uncle Rick was a great and loving man who left a warm and wonderful light on this earth. That light is still burning in death. God's Peace to us all."

This tribute was added by Chris Mileti on 21st October 2013

"Chad & The Fonger Family - I am so saddened to hear about your loss. I never had the opportunity to meet Rick, but it is easy to see that he was deeply loved by his family and friends. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by David Fonger on 20th October 2013

"Brenda and I do not get back very often to visit, but we are so glad that we were able to visit for a few hours last summer. Our time visiting might have been short but the memories will last forever. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We will miss you Uncle RIck.  You will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Bev Weidman on 20th October 2013

"Linda & Family - So sorry to hear of your accident & loss of Rick.  Sending our love & sincere sympathies to you & your family.  It was so great to meet you & spend time with you & Rick when you were vacationing in Florida. We will always remember the "Steelers" gift towel & deck of cards!  Remembering you in our prayers. Get well!
Your Wisconsin PACKER GREEN & GOLD friends! Duke & Bev"

This tribute was added by Mike Griffith on 19th October 2013

"Rick will truly be missed.  We feel blessed to have met Rick and family, and to have had Chad in our lives.  Life is so short and precious, and all of the Fonger's truly live it to the fullest. We wish you our sincerest condolences on this tragic loss.   With love,
The Griffiths (Mike, Laura, Joey, Bryce, & Julia)"

This tribute was added by Stephen Love on 19th October 2013

"Thank you for posting the pictures of Rick. I will always remember the times we shared growing up, eating holiday dinners and celebrating the love of family.  I wish for more but know what I already have is gold. He was a great Uncle and friend. We cherish the memories and see will him on the other side. We love you guys."

This tribute was added by Deb Cole on 18th October 2013

"Never forget all the great picnics on Memorial Day or bowling at Freeway lanes, still holds one of the best kept secrets ever!"

This tribute was added by Linda Weinel on 18th October 2013

"Dear Linda and Family - Dave and I were so sorry to hear about Ricks passing. Our hearts  and prayers go out to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Nancy Fonger on 18th October 2013

"This is the third time I sat down to write a tribute to Rick.  I can't find the words to express the sadness in our hearts and our sorrow for Linda, Kelly, Kristy and Chad.  We have many great memories of the youngest brother.  He was a wonderful human being!!! I added some memorable pictures.  Talk soon!!"

This tribute was added by Emmy Porter on 18th October 2013

"Dear Linda, Kelley, Kristy & Chad,
Our hearts ache for you. The loss of your husband/father is such a profound loss; may the memories you hold most dear comfort you now.Draw strength from those you love & those who love you. Go gently, you are in our hearts & prayers. Love, Emmy & Mike"

This tribute was added by kim whyte on 18th October 2013

"Dear Linda, Kelly, Kristi and Chad,   I  am so very sorry to hear of Ricks passing.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Anastasia Musthaler on 17th October 2013

"Dear Linda and family,
I am so truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I know its hard right now, but remember that he will always be in your hearts. He will be watching over you guys and thinking about how much he loves you. If you guys need anything please let me know."

This tribute was added by Laine Schutte Foltin on 17th October 2013

"Kelley, Kristy, Chad & Mom-  I am so lucky to have all of you as my extended family & the memories we have all made together. I will miss Dad so much! He was truly one amazing, loving husband&  father!! I loved seeing his eyes light up and how in love he is with all of you....the stories he told about you guys when you were little! We will miss him so much and you are in our thoughts! Xoxo"

This tribute was added by Nicole Boy on 17th October 2013

"Linda, Kelley, Kristy & Chad-
Words could never express how deeply sorry I am for your loss.  Papa Fonger was good to me every single time I stepped foot in your home and I will miss him greatly. Your family will always be in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers."

This tribute was added by Karen Parson on 17th October 2013

"Such great pictures! My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time. Thanks for sharing."

This tribute was added by Donna Cole on 17th October 2013

"Thank you for sharing . Many many  happy memories  go along with  those  photos. They  brought a smile to my face. XOXOXO"

This tribute was added by Kathy Yoho on 17th October 2013

"Dear Linda and family - May you find comfort in knowing that others are holding you close in their hearts. Doug and I's thoughts and prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Nichole Mesnard-Hoaglin on 17th October 2013

"Brian Hoaglin and I are so grateful we had the chance to spend time with Rick boating on our lake this summer. It was very evident how much he loved his children, from the stories he shared to the tattoo containing all of their names. We had the opportunity to see his sense of humor, how happy he was with his life, and why Chad is the amazing one-of-a-kind man that he is. ❤️RIP Rick"

This tribute was added by Allison Ludwig on 17th October 2013

"Chad & the Fonger family - my heart is so sad for you all. I feel lucky to have had the chance to meet Rick. My thoughts and prayers for with you."


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