May 7, 2006 

May 7, 2006

It is with immense sadness and pain that I write this entry.
On May 2, 2006 at approximately 1644 my father passed away. He went peacefully and with no pain. Mom was able to sit with him everyday and talk to him. He could hear us but his ability to respond declined daily and then he had became comatose. I did my best to give comfort to Mom and Dad by reading to them from my Bible. Mom said Dad would like that. Mom stayed there the entire day and then his brother Larry woudl come every night adn sleep there in the room with Dad. He was never alone and family was always there with him. My mother and I were next to Dad at the end and I prayed for the Lord to please guide him on his journey. Reciting his favorite verse John 3: 16 over and over because I did not know what else to do. But to me those last moments were a gift and I am so grateful that the Lord allowed me to be there. His breathing became shallow and finally it was no longer there. He peacefully went to be with his heavenly Father and is now at peace. Of course Mom and I cried and told Dad we loved him and how much we would miss him. The love and pain on Moms' face at the loss of the love of her life was so painful that I cried even longer and harder. Mom and I are now numb. We feel as if this is someone else's life and it is not real. (They say numb is good.)

The Hospice House was wonderful!!!! It allowed my mother to spend quality time with Dad and be there with him without having to worry taking care of his special needs. They provided for not just his needs but her needs as well. Nurses came and gave words of encouragement and hugs. They provided a care like no other she had seen. Mom says their work is a real calling and ministry of sorts. When Dad passed away they had a toast in his room with apple cider and we shared stories and toasted to his life. It is the way they are able to deal with the passing of their patients together with the families My mother and I want to express our deepest appreciation, gratitude, and love for each of you. The strength you have given us is what we needed to sustain us through all of this. Knowing we are loved and not alone that there are others who loved him as much as us is a great comfort.

We do not have a date for the service yet but I will be posting the address to send donations to instead of sending flowers. Dad would want it that way.

Blessings to all of you and yours,
Connie and family

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Comment Dear Sharon and Family, I just learned of Rick's death from Marianna in Germany. I feel so sad that we lost contact. My prayers are with you. Rick was the "best damn clinical social worker" that I have ever known - I agree! His legacy is with me on a daily basis as I care for many children with special healthcare needs and challenges. Catherine, our daughter is a pediatrician at Madigan now and did remember you both from meetings, etc. Sharon, God is bringing you a new life to live to the fullest and one day we shall all meet again in God's kingdom. My love and prayers to you all. Eve

Tue May 9, 2006 7:30 pm MST by Eve Kimball

Comment I am so sorry about Uncle Richard but un fourtuneatley (I spelled that wrong) My grandpa will not allow my sister and I to attend the service.I love and miss u all, Love, Mykela Squires

Tue May 9, 2006 6:57 pm MST by Mykela

Comment I have put off adding a comment because I just don't know what to say. First I offer my condolences to Sharon and Rick's daughters. I thank you for updating the blog so I could keep up with the situation. Alcoholics Anonymous has lost one of the greatest carriers of the A.A. message there has ever been. Rick and Sharon has touched so many lives and made them better that it is impossible to calculate the numbers. My life is wonderful today and I owe a great measure of it to these two people. Rick is gone now and I am not happy about that, but I know that he is helping someone, with some problem at this very moment. Rick and his wisdom has saved my life countless times, and he will always be a part of me. I know of no other way to honor his memory than to pass on to everyone that I can all the things he taught me. I will forever be grateful for having known Rick and Sharon and for everything they did for me. My thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and the family.

Mon May 8, 2006 5:04 pm MST by Jerry Pennington

Comment I just found out today about Rick's passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to Sharon and the rest of the family. I cannot think of being stationed in Germany without thinking of Rick (and Sharon). I remember the meetings and the snackbar meetings. Rick can now hang with this old cronies such as Mickey and Charlie. The blessing Rick brought to the world is not dimished by his passing.

Sun May 7, 2006 7:32 pm MST by Barb Bumpus

Comment Sharon and family, I've just learned of Rick's death. I can't express how sorry I am for your loss, and our loss. Please let me know if there's anything I could do. You both have been so much more important to me than you could know. Love and Peace, Bill

Sun May 7, 2006 12:22 pm MST by Bill Carroll

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