We miss you "Big Daddy"
  • 60 years old
  • Born on April 6, 1953 in Wexford, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • Passed away on October 14, 2013 .

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

Posted by Linda Fonger on 14th October 2018
Big Daddy, Five years: It's so hard to be strong when you've been missing someone so long...………... When I close my eyes I see you...………………. When I open my eyes I miss you...……………… I don't know what else to say I miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss your love, I miss your touch, But I'm feeling you every day! Rest In Peace, Big Guy! Love, Cupcake
Posted by Linda Fonger on 6th April 2018
Big Daddy, Grief is a walk alone. Others can be there, and listen. But I will walk alone down my own path, at my own pace, with my pain, with my wounds raw, my denial, anger, and bitter loss. I will come to my own peace, hopefully........but it will be on my own, in my own time. Happy birthday, Big Guy!! Know you are still loved and missed every single day. Love you, always in my heart! CupCake
Posted by Linda Fonger on 1st February 2018
Big Daddy, Each night I put my head on my pillow I try to tell myself I’m strong because I’ve gone another day without you! Happy anniversary it should have been 44 years. I wish I’d have met you soon so I could have loved you longer !! Always in my heart, Cupcake
Posted by Linda Fonger on 18th December 2017
Big Daddy, Most people want presents under their tree, My wish is different, I wish that you were here with me. I just miss you. Love, Cup Cake.
Posted by Linda Fonger on 14th October 2017
Big Daddy, A thousand word will not bring you back, I know I've tried. Neither will a thousand tears, I know I've cried. Even after 4 years, I just miss you! Forever missed, Cupcake
Posted by Ric Robbibaro on 23rd April 2017
Linda and family, I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers Ric
Posted by Linda Fonger on 7th April 2017
Happy Birthday, "Big Daddy". It's these days that I miss you most, it's these days that we did celebrated together that I miss you the most. I just miss you. I just miss your voice. I just miss your smile. I just miss your smell. I just miss your hugs. I just miss your jokes. I just miss how you made me feel I just miss your everything Love you, "CupCake".
Posted by Linda Fonger on 2nd February 2017
"Big Daddy", Missing you on our 43rd anniversary. The reality is that I will grieve forever. I will not "get over" the lose of my loved one, I have learned to live with it. I will heal and I will rebuild myself around the loss I have suffered. I will be whole again but I will never be the same. Nor should I be the same, nor would I want to! Keeping the promise of travel. Enjoy all the sun and beaches. The French Beach is a nude beach, I know you're watching the scenery! Love you, "Cupcake"
Posted by Linda Fonger on 26th December 2016
Big Daddy, another Christmas without you..... My joy is greater, my heart is fuller. My love is deeper, my hope is broader. My life is richer and my faith is stronger because you were a part of my life. And no matter what any one says about grief and about time healing all wounds, the truth is, there's a certain sorrow that never fade away until the heart stops beating and the last breath taken. Really, really miss you! Love, Cupcake
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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...
Posted 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
Posted 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!
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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!!!
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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)
Posted 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.
Posted 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!
Posted 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.
Posted 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!!
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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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