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July 30, 2013
I am one of the teachers whose classes were fortunate to be invited by Rick and Colleen to pick apples at their orchard. Rick was always happy to join in with the kids, offering to use the long handled apple picker or showing a second grader how it worked. Rick seemed to enjoy the kids as much they enjoyed picking the apples. This field trip was everyone's favorite. When Andy was in first grade, and Colleen was my class room mother, Rick volunteered to make a small wooden Christmas tree for each child to decorate and give their parents for Christmas. The same year I priced ant farms for the class. Rick heard about this and offered to dig up an ant hill on their farm and bring it to class in a large(at least a gallon) glass jar. It was fantastic to watch.
Men of great heart and generous spirit are not common and their passing, especially so untimely, is felt by many.
July 29, 2013
As one who knew Rick's grandmother, grandfather, mother and father – all blessed with special talents – I feel Rick got a wonderful smattering of each and still managed to emerge as one of a kind, the essence of which someone beautifully captured in his obituary. Some of my fondest memories are on what were then the plains of south Bounder, cattails along irrigation ditches bordering lonely roads with any number of types of birds singing over the sound of what traffic there was on the toll road nearby, the flatirons over our shoulder. Rick's independent spirit was evident from the start, as he possessed the heart of a contrarian who could still get a kick out of life. Your words better describe than I could that he was both a rambunctious kid and an old soul, and the traits you describe – certainly in today's world – are rare, and he didn't even care all that much if you thought so, even if it made him smirk or chuckle. Rick ran with a different crowd, if he ran with a crowd at all, and had the poor fortune of going to Fairview, but ended up – through DU at CU – with my Boulder High pals, who always had great things to say about him. With Boulder in our rear view mirror, we always sensed that Rick would get a lot of out life, and that's the way we heard it. Our heart goes out to Candy and Colleen and them.
July 28, 2013
Dear Colleen and family,

We were saddened to learn of Rick's passing and want your wonderful family to know our prayers and thoughts are with you - and Zeppo.

Colleen, I first met Rick on a wrestling mat at Fairview in 1963, then again at CU. I can't tell you the fun and memories we had during the 60's - WOW!

And I really loved and identified with your heartfelt painted badges of Rick's loves (I've saved all the homemade cards and even tanned one of the snakes myself!).

Colleen, we're sorry we haven't kept in better touch through the years as we too, have raised our family. I guess I thought we'd all live forever and have moments together ahead still - dammit!

Again, our love, thoughts and prayers,

Ron and Patti Plunkett and family
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