May 15, 2006 

May 15, 2006

Dear All;

I have prayed about writing the unwriteable and it is now time. I know I have not written anything since October. My New Year's Resolution was to update the blog in January. So much for resolutions. I wanted to be able to inform you, myself, of the funeral services for Rick. These services were finalized last Thursday and now it is time.

A funeral Mass will be held for Richard Squires on May 22, 2006 at 10:30 at Visitation Catholic Church in Tacoma, WA. Many of the memories that you emailed will be read following the Mass. There will be a lunch following the Mass from 11:30 to 1:00. Rick will receive a full military burial service complete with Honor Guard, gun salute, taps and the folding and presentation of the flag at 2:15 that same afternoon at Tahoma National Cemetary in Kent, WA. His ashes will placed in a columnar niche at the cemetary. With him will be his 37 yr chip, an infinity chip, his golf hat, golf ball and a Pacific University Alumni car sticker.

Rick did not wish flowers. Instead he requested that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to one of the following organizations. Both these oganizations were wonderful. We were both so blessed with the care, and compassion that he received. Madigan Army Medical Center is an awesome place. He received all his chemotherpy and radiation treatments there as well as his in hospital stays. The care he received was extraordinary. Each and every doctor and nurse lived up to the hospital motto...Care with Compassion. In patient Hospice allowed me to be there to love and support Rick during the final 2 weeks without the worry of taking care of him physcially. He had round the clock nurses to care for him with dignity, honor, and respect. They were all angels.

Franciscan Hospice
2901 Bridgeport Way West
University Place, WA 98466

Colonel Patrick Madigan, MD Foundation
PO Box 97215
Lakewood, WA 98497

A huge thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, memories, cards and flowers that you have already sent. I can not tell you how much they mean to me. I was reading one of the memories from one of you that I had forgotten all about. It started me crying and then I ended up laughing because that's how I always wound up with that wonderful guy.

Connie and grandson, Richard, will be staying on with me. There really is AA in Tacoma, WA and I have all of you. My sponsor tells me I can do it one day at a time. I believe her.


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Comment Sharon: Nancy and I am deeply sorry for your loss. We can't imagine what you are going through. Rick taught us all a lot. I understand we will have an excellent memorial service for him on June 9 at the Landstuhl Chapel. You are in all thoughts and prayers.

Sat May 27, 2006 7:25 am MST by Bob K, Kasierslautern

Comment Not an hour goes by without thinking of all of you Dear Sharon! My heart is sad and crying. I hope he is at peace. And also you,ALL. It saddens my heart to know that I was not able to go, although I know military funerals, this I know will be very special. I made the decision that I will go at a lated date to visit with you, most likely in august or Sept, but now without talking with you first. Rick is laughing at us, he knows that he is at peace, more than we ever could achieve on this earth. MY LOVE TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!

Mon May 22, 2006 8:24 am MST by Lou Toldy K-Town

Comment Sharon, I am writing this at work. With the kids all around me, I have to keep it together. Our hearts go out to you. Just imagine that we are there to give you a big hug. A donation will be made to the hospice in Rick's name. You are always in our prayers. Ciao and love, James & Nadis

Wed May 17, 2006 6:03 am MST by JAMES AND NADIS DAVIS

Comment ))) hug’s((( Sharon and Connie...I never doubted that you would walk through all of this with dignity and grace. Something that you taught us all…Looking forward to seeing you at the end of July or early August. Till then, all of our love, Janet and Michael

Wed May 17, 2006 4:34 am MST by Ktown, Germany

Comment Sharon and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you today. Through Rick I was shown a new way of life and a new happiness. He was the one who told me what it was like and how i could have a life likes his full of peace and serenity. All I had to do is follow some suggestions and remember one more thing he didn't know shit!!! His way of not getting put on a petistal. I sit here sadden by all our loss. But I can still see is smiling face saying "so boy you have a plan tell it to me i need a good laugh." He has touched so many people through out the world and he will continue to do so one day at a time. As Rick would say let go let god, but for the grace of god, first thing first, think think think, Easy Does It....BUT DO IT!!!!! SHaron you and RIck introduced me to a god that I never knew. I haven't always done this deal in the best way possible but I have learned alot along the way and your message has touched many. Just last night I sat in a new Meeting here in the azores where they are just starting up AA and its on fire. I found myself being thankful for the foundation the V-group of Germany provided us all. I am helping the natives here on the island spread the message the man with the funny hat gave to me so freely years ago........ Sharon I love you and you will remain in my prayers..... And Rick I will look for you on the golf course (of course I will be looking for you in your normal spot deep in the rough!!) With love and Service George

Mon May 15, 2006 4:05 pm MST by George Waring

Comment Sharon and family, As I write this I am trying not to get emotional again ever since the night Connie called me with the news of Rick’s passing, it seems that every time I see a green van, a man with a funny hat, a golf club… etc. I think of my dear friend Rick... I will make it through the day, I will stay in today... minute by minute... I am a card carrying member of a support group like no other group in the world, a group of men and women that my friend turned me onto many years ago... My friend, my hero, a man that had the balls to tell me what I didn't want to hear many years ago, a man that sluffed it off by saying; “Mik it was God working through me” that day back in Aug 99... I know that today!!! You know Sharon; Denise and I still haven't been back to marriage counseling after I tried to get her some marriage counseling that day... A man that was so important to so many of us, I can only say for myself in my little slice of life he was a man that knew what it meant to be behind enemy lines, an enemy that he knew well, an enemy only few have been given a second chance to combat, he showed me how to live that life here on God's green Earth through the 12 steps of AA, he walked the walk and talked the talk.... He is in that Place beyond my wildest dreams.... Rick I will miss you and I know your sitting watching over us today. Thank you for showing me the way... I will continue to do what you so humbly did here in this world, I will continue to give it away, I want to keep it! Walk in Peace my friend. V/r Mik

Mon May 15, 2006 1:35 pm MST by Mik

Comment There are so many stories but my favorite is the night Rick and I played golf- one of many. He forgot that toay was their wedding anniversary. Sharon was in the USA in Cambridge. We were in Germany. He realizes on about the 5th hole that he is heading for deep kimchi. I asked him if he wanted to quit and go order flowers. Rick declines and plays on. And he is hitting the ball a ton and straight. No slices. We finish nine and again, I suggest that we head to the internet. Rick says, "Nah, it is a beautiful evening. Let's play 3 more holes. So we finish about 7:30 and head home. Then, he realizes that his computer has taken a leave of absence, so we head to my house. And our computer has been disconnected from the net. So we head to my office at school after stopping for dinner at the drivethru......By this time it is about 9 pm, and he is sweating it because it is 3 PM in Massachusetts.....We go on the net, get 3 telephone numbers for local flower shops in Cambridge. He calls the first number. Busy. He sweating a bit more. Calls the 2nd one and they only have the flowers that Sharon does not like. Now it is 930. Call number 3. Bingo. He sweet talks the lady who answers the phone who happens to know the address where Harold, Sharon's dad, lives. She has the flowers of choice and promises that the flowers will be delivered as soon as possible. Rick came across sometimes like a hayseed. He missed very little. I shall miss our laughing, his math on the golf course, his honesty and concern, and his heart. I was lucky to have him as a friend. Deb and I send our condolences and love, David

Mon May 15, 2006 12:45 pm MST by David Markewitz & Deb Pohlmann

Comment Dear Sharon, I wish I could be there and be part of Rick's funeral services. Mike and I will send a donation and we will always have you and rick in our hearts. I am flying to Germany to meet my daughter and grandson in July, and that would not be possible if it weren't for you guys. I am going to tell my daughter about Rick and I will tell her about my life beyond my wildest imagination. Love, Gerdy

Mon May 15, 2006 11:59 am MST by Gerdy

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