Let the memory of Rick be with us forever
  • 53 years old
  • Born on August 29, 1957 in Rapid City, South Dakota, United States.
  • Passed away on March 14, 2011 in Burien, Washington, United States.

Rick passed away Monday March 14, 2011 in his home in Burien, WA. 

He leaves behind his mom and dad, his fiancée (Nancy Willis), his sister (Sandy) and her husband (Mike), his brother (Steve) and his wife (Dana) and his brother Bill. He also leaves behind 8 nieces and nephews and many friends who loved him dearly.

I created this webpage as a way for his friends and loved ones to share their stories, memories and thoughts. You can leave a short "Tribute" (below) or write as much as you want in the "Stories" tab. I have found it to be a wonderful part of my healing process, and I would love to hear about his younger days, high school days, or anything you want to share.

We love you Rick and shall miss you. You are forever in our thoughts and in our hearts.

We will miss your smile, your love of life. The way you took care of those you loved. Your love for your family, pets, camping and fly fishing.

As I speak with people Rick knew, there are so many wonderful things said about him and how people experienced him.

Here are some of what people said:

Rick was such a gentle soul. So full of love, warmth and kindness. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was at peace with every situation.

He was such a happy and playful person. A good man who was calm and easy to talk to; a conversationalist. He could always find a common interest with anyone he met.

He was respectful of others and was genuinely interested in the people he was with.

He was earnest, trustworthy. The one you could depend on for anything and everything.

He always greeted people with a smile and happy nature.

He always had that smile when he was with you (Nancy) – he knew he had something special.

My own personal notes…

We took care of each other. He took care of me in ways I had not thought to ask for.  He taught me how to love. How to live more simply. How to be with someone in the most genuine of ways. He taught me how to live more honestly than I ever had.  I was not looking for him when I found him.  He found me. I wanted to ‘date a nice guy’. What I got was so much more than I ever could have wished for or imagined.

We loved each other openly and honestly. We didn’t have much money and it didn’t matter. We were buddies…soul mates. We hung out every day doing the routine, mundane things one does in one’s life.  We went grocery shopping, ran errands, bought dog food.  We truly loved just going downtown to Grand Central Bakery and sharing a piece of double-baked Challah bread while enjoying our lattes (his was 2% milk with 2 raw sugars – mine was a soy latte).

We talked. Oh did we talk.  We talked about everything. He always told me when times got tough (and we had many tough times to face) “We’ll figure it out, baby. We always do.” And he was right.  We could figure out anything we needed to do no matter how hard it seemed at the time.  He could put me at rest like no one else ever could.  He understood me. He knew how to comfort me. He knew how to make me laugh and giggle. We had so much fun together doing silly little things or doing just every day ordinary things.

He is such a treasure to me. I have so many wonderful memories of him, of us. So many wonderful things I get to take with me along my journey.

He had such a great smile, such a handsome face.

I miss you so much, baby.

I love you. I always will.


Posted by Leslie Clement on 14th March 2012
Dear Friends & Family of Rick - I continue to remember Rick and his wonderful being in our world. I have lit a candle to his memory.
Posted by Joanne Marr on 19th March 2011
Please tell Donna Hewes that Joanne & Paul Marr send their condolences. Joanne worked in the same bldg. in Burien with Donna for years. 206-870-3105

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