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December 02, 2012
Dear Raina,
Je suis profondément attristée par la mort de ton père.I hope you will found some recomfort as thinking about him as a hero.Je pense`à toi très fort et j'aimerais vous serrer dans mes bras toi et Richard.Give my regards to your mother.
A ski friend from Tremblant
Joanne
December 02, 2012
My loving thoughts and prayers to you dear Rorie, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband.
December 01, 2012
Rorie and family, I was deeply saddened at the news of Rob's passing, and my heart goes out to you. Rob and I were close friends in the 8th and 9th grade in Madison.... We were in Scouts together camping in the snow; we rode our bikes up to Manitowoc one day and rode the ferry across Lake Michigan; we passed lazy afternoons fishing on the river at the Avoca cottage, and the usual things 14 year old boys do. Rob was funny, witty, energetic and kind, and he will always remain so in my memory. Please accept my sincere condolences.
December 01, 2012
Too sad. Makes me cry while reading about this. I was amazed by Bob in junior year at West High. I've basically always looked forward to seeing him at a reunion. So sad for your family loss, Rorie. Will say a distinctive prayer for a very lovable man. I wish you peace and strength to get through this. Love, Marti Dapin
December 01, 2012
Dear Rorie, Raina and Ryan
We are so sorry. Bob and I have been reminiscing of the great memories we have of Rob and your family. From Little Bears to Bob working with Rob on ski patrol to the many fun Girdwood functions. Rob was such a gentle and kind soul.
We hope you are finding strength in all the love around you. You and your family will always hold a special place in our hearts.
December 01, 2012
Dearest Raina, Words alone cannot express our sympathy on the untimely passing of your beloved father. He will be sorely missed by all who loved and knew him. Hopefully the outpouring of sympathy you are receiving will serve as a reminder of how well-loved he was. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that he was a great man. Love, Barbara, Loren, Shawna and Steven Hoffman
December 01, 2012
Rorie, Ryan, Raina, friends and family - So unfair for you to have this tragedy to deal with. I've gone back to the high school and Stevens Point memories so many time this last week - wrestling matches, the water balloon launcher, Rib Mountain, Poor Henry's, spring breaks at Trout Lake, and many more. I truly wish I'd have stayed in closer touch since Rob's journey took him away from WI. My family sends our deepest sympathy to all who were associated with Rob. I will take my memories and the testimonials about Rob shared here with me for the rest of my days and use them to help make me a better man.
November 30, 2012
As a close friend and classmate of Dave, Rob's younger brother, I first met Rob when he was in about 6th grade. I remember him as a big brother figure to all of Dave's friends, someone we looked up to. Actually, I also remember a few poundings we took, but always in good fun.

After Rob moved to Alaska, I had the chance to visit him on two occasions and most recently saw him on a trip he took to Hawaii several years ago.

Rob had a quality that defies description: an inner peace, calmness and sense of wisdom. His actions always reflected his true nature. In a sense Rob left us doing what seemed to have been his mission on earth, which was taking care of his fellow man. I will never forget his generous and caring manner and ability to make anyone feel comfortable. I still have great memories of visiting Rob and Rorie at Wonder Lake about 20 years ago. My wife, Tamara, and another couple invaded his small but cozy cabin. After a traumatic encounter with the ravenous Alaskan mosquitoes, Rob volunteered his cabin to us and offered to sleep outside in a tent. I think somehow we all managed to find shelter that night but I remember watching in amazement as Rob would walk and work outside without even apparently noticing the man eating mosquitos that kept the rest of us prisoners inside. It seems even the mosquitoes respected and lived harmoniously with Rob. What a great time we had, fishing in the light of night at midnight on Wonder lake with Denali in the distance. I don't think I've been anywhere as beautiful and peaceful. I know Rob loved what he did and where he lived. We also got to see Rorie during our stay when she got free from her job at the hotel. Like Rob, Rorie seemed totally happy and at home at Wonder Lake.

Although I had not been in touch with Rob since his trip to Hawaii, several years ago, Dave would always update me on Rob, Rorie,Ryan and Raina. Raina and Ryan do not know me, but I feel like I know them through the stories I've heard. If a man can be measured by those he leaves behind, that alone shows Rob's greatness as a husband and father.

I hope Rob's family and friends will find comfort and happiness in reading about how Rob touched and truly affected so many people lucky enough to call him a friend. I will remember and miss Rob and am thankful to have been his friend and a friend of the entire Hammel family.
November 30, 2012
Being Raina's friend and medical school classmate in Boston, I only had the opportunity to meet Rob once. In our brief moments interacting it became clear the depth of his warmth, intellect, introspection, and kindness. Within thirty seconds he had invited my wife Shannon and I to come visit Alaska. I grieve for Raina, Rorie, & Ryan. And I know that when we finally do get to Alaksa, our stay will be a little less magical in Rob's absence.
November 30, 2012
He has simply gone on ahead to make a place for the rest of you when it's your turn to join him. You are a very special family and it was our privilege and pleasure to associate with you all those years ago in Denali Park. May "the peace that passes understanding" be with you all as you bid a very temporary farewell to your dad and husband. He remains near to you; it is only your temporal vision that says he is "gone". A favorite Mormon motto: Families Are Forever!

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