I find myself being so much like my dad and I realized it more and more in the last year I've been able to spend with him. He and I would get groceries together and find ourselves stopping at every taste-testing station and trying to find the best deal, making our grocery trips take a minimum of 2 hours every time. He went out of his way many times to make sure my daughter, Jadesyn was picked up from daycare, taken to baseball practices/games and he even showed his face at Jadesyn's "meet the teacher" night because I had to coach a volleyball game. My dad was always about helping people and expecting nothing in return. I will miss riding to church together and him bringing me a cup of coffee before walking into church. He always liked the different coffee flavors they offered. I never remember my dad having a rough day...and if he did, he never led on to it. Each encounter with him was a positive one and that is hard to come by in today's world. He was always concerned about my mom and her health issues too. He would find something on the store shelf that he thought mom might like and could benefit from. My mom would laugh somtimes stating, "now what did you buy?" I could go on and on but I am most thankful for the upbringing I had. My mom and dad laid the foundation for the importance of faith and family. I stand encouraged by the prayers that have been said on our behalf and the knowledge that my dad is living with our Lord Jesus Christ. I just know he is up in heaven telling a good joke and making people laugh. He will be missed immensely but I look forward to the day I will see him again. Love you forever dad!
Wanda, Dustin, Aubrey: I was sorry to hear about the passing of Rick. He was a positive person in my life and I remember times our families spent up at the lakes, specifically when Dustin fell in the lake at the end of the dock and we all went running to "fish" him out. You all are in my prayers.
Wanda, Dustin, Aubrey: I was so sorry to hear about Rick. I have many good memories of Rick from the friendship our families shared and working at central catering. You are all in my prayers.
What I will miss most about my dad was that he was always positive about life, he did his best at everything he did, and those fun talks after Iowa Hawkeye games. It will never be the same without him. However, my dad will always be in my heart and I will always continue to talk to him. Thanks dad for being the dad you were and setting a great example for me. I will never forget. Love you always. See you in Heaven.
Wanda, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family in the death of your loved one. Remembering you at this difficult time. Valerie Sandbulte Mouw