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May 14, 2015
Lighting a candle for you, our children and grandchildren, your family and friends all miss you and the laughter you brought into our lives.
May 14, 2015
Hey there hun. Thinking of you and realizing we were married 44 years ago today. Wow, I do miss you. Your children and grandchildren miss you too. I'm hoping you are watching over them and can help guide them on their life journey's. You would be proud of how they have grown and become loving and caring people. We love you. Betty...May 14th, 2015
May 13, 2015
Hey Grandpa, it's Tuesdae. It's been about a week since your birthday, you would've been 62 this year! It's been about 2 months since I got a tattoo in memory of you on my right wrist, along with my papas name tattooed on my right. I miss you a lot. Although I don't remember much of your voice or anything like that, I seem to think of you often. I know we were super close when I was little. Crazy to think it's been 15 years since you've been gone... and that I'm now 17. I'll always keep Aunt Jenni, Daddy, and Grandma Betty safe for you. They mean the world to me. We all miss you and I love you. I'm so thankful to know how good of a guy you were and that I have you to watch over me and the family throughout the rest of our lives. Hope you're having a blast up there, and if you can, tell Papa I said hi and I love him and miss him too. ♡
July 22, 2013
Another 4th of July has passed and another wonderful year at your sister Cindy's in honor of you ;) The kids had an awesome time and will hold these awesome memories forever! Wish you were still here to celebrate with us! we miss you Rich xoxoxo
May 17, 2013
I see yesterday i did not put who the message was from. It's your favorite daughter in law Nikki!! (okay, i'm your only daughter in law) ;)
May 16, 2013
Thinking of you today and i wanted you to have a picture of your two crazy grandchildren! Tucker has so many traits that remind me of you! We miss you so much!
March 21, 2012
Years go by so fast and I still feel a void of a brother,husband,father taken from those who still love and miss him. I still love and miss you.
September 13, 2007
It's been some time and I'm not sure what brought me to this place but I felt I had to write and say I still think of my friend. Now that I'm retired I have time to really remember all the fun times and not worry about work. I know you're sitting up there watching all of us and you have to be happy with the last few months. It's funny how things happen or fall into place but it is all planned out for us so we just have to go with it and enjoy the ride.
May 23, 2003
Hi Richie

Lost another friend this week and that reminded me of you. You were right, my new job was where I needed to be. Good to think that youre able to watch over us and see how far we have all come. You must be putting a good word in for me.
It was said the other day at the funeral A friend is someone that knows everything about you and still likes you. I guess that says it all.
We miss you here Richie. I will always remember you and Betty being there for me when I needed one and hope that someday I get the chance to do the same.
May 14, 2003
Hi Hon

Today is our anniversary. It would have been 32 years. I still miss you so much. I wish you were still here, I know that's selfish because you are in a better place. But that's how I feel, especially today. Please keep watching over us and letting us know you are around. It helps me get through the days without you.
I love you with all my heart!
Your wife
January 01, 2003
Hi Dad, Happy New Years. Another year has come and gone and I still misss you so much. It seems like just yesterday I seen your smiling face looking back at me. We looked at some memoriable tonight and it brought alot of memories back. I know you were here tonight with us for your toast and thanks for looking out for us when we need it. I hope you enjoyed your New Years as much as we did. I love you daddy and miss you terribely.

Love your daughter
October 03, 2002
Hi Hon,
It has been 2 years today since we lost you. It has gone by so fast, I still think of you daily. Tuesdae still talks to you and Tucker seems to know your picture. We all miss you, but know someday we will be together again. Keep watching over us.

I love you.
Your wife, Betty
May 14, 2002
Hi Babe,

Today would have been our 31st anniversary. I still think of you daily and miss you always. I saw your signs today, a rainbow on my way to work and another on my way home. Keep it up, it feels good to know you are still here with us. I love you.
December 25, 2001
Hi Babe

Today is Christmas. I still miss you so much. The holidays aren't the same without you. I'm sure you're watching over all of us. We had a toast to you and your mom at Cindy's yesterday. Hope you heard us. I know you are spending Christmas in the most sacred place of all. I love you
Your wife
October 03, 2001
Hi Dad,
Today it has been one year since you had to go to heaven and it still seems as unfair today as it did a year ago. We all miss you so much. We watched the videos of Jay and Nikki's wedding today and it was very comforting and yet sad to see you smile and laughing again. That is the one thing I miss most about you. You were always smiling or cracking a joke and making everyone happy. We don't really have that around anymore and it makes for sad days around here. I know you have been with us in the past couple weeks. We have all got your signs and I want you to know to keep sending them because it is very nice to know you are still here with us in spirit. I wish you could be here with us like it used to be but I guess God had other plans for you. One day we will know what those were but for know we still wonder why you? It doesn't seem like it's been a year, it seems like just yesterday we were all laughing or camping or doing just about anything as a family like we always did. We still do all those things but it is just very different now. Tucker is growing up so quickly, almost 20 pounds I bet. he is such a handsome little guy, but I bet you already know that. We all came down to the grave today and brought you some new things that I think you will like. But I am sure you already seen them there when we were down there. I know you are still with us every day, spiritually and in our hearts. I love you daddy and miss you so much. I hope one day this pain will weaken and it won't hurt so much.

I love you.
October 03, 2001
Hi Hon,

It has been a year since we lost you, it's so hard to believe. We still miss you so much. I think of you every day and miss your smile. Your grandkids are growing by the minute. Tuesdae still wants to know when you are coming home from heaven. Tucker is growing like a weed. He is a handsome little one. Always keep us close to you and know that you are always in our hearts.

I love you.
August 22, 2001
Hi Rich,
We are busy planning the Misslitz reunion....we can't help think that it just will not be the same without you and wanted to let you know that you are welcomed to join us in spirit and enjoy the fun.
We will miss you.
Richard and Nancy
July 10, 2001
Hi Dad, I know it has taken me a long time to do this but it has just been so hard without you around. I think about you every day and miss you more and more each day. I never realized how much you meant to our family as a whole until your were not here no more, but we thank god we have each other to get through this. I just wanted to let everyone know what kind of father and man you were. I couldn't of asked for a more loving, caring, honest, giving, father than you. I know you already know your grandson has finally blessed us with his presence. He is such a little angel. I wish you could be here to enjoy all the love and light he brings to our lives. I never realized how much you made me the person I am today. You taught me so much about life. I just wish you could be here to teach me the rest. (but I guess in some ways you are) I look at the picture of me and you camping last summer together everyday here at work and just makes me so sad to know you are not coming back, but I know one day we will all be together again. I want to thank you for sharing your life, love, all your memories of childhood, and especially showing me want a true man is suppose to be. I love you daddy and miss you sooooo much.

I love you
June 28, 2001
Hi Hun,
Today, 6/28/2001, our grandson, Tucker Richard Bain, was born. He arrived at 3:28 am, 8 lbs and 21 inches long. He's beautiful, lots of dark hair. I really miss you, wish you were here with me to enjoy him. Please watch over him and his big sister. She talks to you often, sees you also. She keeps me informed of when you are around. I love you.
May 14, 2001
Hello, Hun. Today is our 30th anniversary. I know we looked forward to spending it together doing something special. Instead, I am spending it without you by my side. It's been tough, I know you are in a better, more beautiful and peaceful place, but I still wish you were here with me. I miss you so much and so do the kids, and of course your grandaughter, Tuesdae. She talks about you often, asking when you are coming home. She is such a joy, as you know. You'll always be in my mind and especially in my heart. I love you. Forever your wife, Betty
May 06, 2001
Hello, Babe. Today is your birthday and I want to tell you I think of you always and love you forever. Someday we will be together again and can spend eternal life with each other. I miss you.

Your Wife, Betty
April 16, 2001
Thought about you this week Rich. Did insurance for another golf course made me think about the times we would comment that the 4 of us should get out there and swing some. Here I live right on a course and have never played a single round.
Well, your on the best green there is now my friend. As spring blossoms and I drive by the golf courses around the state my thoughts and prayers are of you and your family.
Sue and Jim
December 24, 2000
Merry Christmas Rich.
December 21, 2000
Rich was like a big brother to me. We spent many days together on the golf course at the bowling alley or in the woods hunting. Rich always pushed me to be the best I could, even though most days he would beat me. I will always cherish those memories. I had a dream the day after Rich past away, There was a deep voice that said I found the little boys bike and after thirty years he can finally ride it. As I looked up there was a shadow of someone standing in front of me, This is when my dream ended. At the time it did`nt make much sence to me but a few weeks later I found out that Rich had lost a motorcycle when he was a teenager. I believe this was God`s and Rich`s way of telling me he was ok and everything would be all right. Rich I know you can see these entries and I make this promise to you, I will always be here for Betty and the kids and whatever they need I will do my best to help them.
December 09, 2000
Grandpa this is from Tuesdae she doesn't know how to spell yet so I am going to let her type what she wants.
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Tuesdae wanted me to ask you if she got a special present? She misses you! Thanks for helping her daddy with the swing set and the she loves you very much. and she is going to be a big sister. we will let her put some things in in a couple years when she knows how to write
December 09, 2000
I could of never asked for a better father in law than the one I have.To me you are not gone,you are very much in my heart and In the man I married. I was unfortunate in my childhood not to have a father growing up I never really thought about how much I missed out on untill I met you. You were a wonderful father and the BEST GRANDPA EVER!!!! I hope someone is able to brush your hair like Tuesdae used to!! Hee Hee Hee.. I am very thankful that you were able to share our wedding day with us I will be forever thankful for that. I miss you very much and I hope you hear me every morning when I go into work and still tell ya goodmorning when I pass your seat.
Just to let ya know we still bust our rights and lefts.(you know what I mean). I Love You Dad
Your Daughter in law Nikki
December 09, 2000
My dad was a wondeful man he made me everything I am today he always put me ahead of himself whether it was baseball basketball bowling or whatever he showed me what it is like to be a good man and a good dad I only hope I can be half the man he was life is not fair and i wish you were still here to see your grandchildren grow up i am glad you got to see Tuesdae for as long as you could she always talks about you and knows your in heavan watching over us all I'm sure you know there is now another on the way and i am sure you will be there to see this child born. Its still not real to me i miss watching the Lions, Wings and Michigan games with you but I am sure you have a better seat now to watch all the games i wish i would have got the chance to tell you how importnat you were to me you helped me turn my life around if not for you i would be nothing and I hope you know that i am for ever greatful for that I love you DAD!!!!!!!!
December 04, 2000
There are many wonderful memories I have of our life together. There are also a couple of instances that happened which made me realize what a giving man Rich was and that I want to be written here for his grandchildren to read when they are old enough to understand.

The first one that comes to my mind was a December weekend a few years ago when we had driven to Lansing for the Citizens Christmas party. We enjoyed dinner with family & friends Friday night and Rich informed me that Saturday morning he wanted to drive back to Brighton to watch our nephew, Josh, play hockey. I couldn't believe he wanted to do this, but he explained to me that he knew how important it was to him and Jason to have family & friends come to his games when he was younger playing Baseball. This really made me think about his love & caring for family.

The second instance was in 1997 and Rich & I were vacationing in the UP. We stopped at a restaurant one morning for breakfast, and as we sat there talking we noticed an elderly woman come in and sit in the booth across from us. We could tell that she was homeless by the way she was dressed and after hearing her conversation with the waitress we realized she was a regular at the restaurant. She asked for a cup of coffee and a piece of toast. When the waitress brought our food, Rich gave her money and told her to please buy the lady a good breakfast. This also really touched my heart.

He was a good man and I miss him dearly.
December 01, 2000
In loving memory of a fine, productive,loving,generous son.
A son that will always be remembered and truly missed by family and friends.
November 09, 2000
Rich was a very special brother,man and friend. He was always to share my success and when life put obstacles in my way he would help me get over them. I love and miss him, I think of him daily. I will see his smile in the sunny days and feel like he is watching over us with love and pride for the wonderful wife, and family he left behind to carry on his legacy.
November 08, 2000
When time comes crashing in on you because of losing someone in your life, it really makes you take the time to slow down and reflect. Betty has been my friend for going on 20 years. I had just started working with her when Hank and I got married. Then over the years, our friendship grew, and we have shared an enourmous amount of events in our lives together. When we lost Rich, I hadn't realized just how good a friend he was too, and how much time we were lucky enough to share. The party's over the years, playing euchre and Rich being so competative. We shared road rally's and Rich helped us more than once with our computer. He was funny, friendly and forever giving. This past summer, Hank and I played golf on a Friday with Rich and Betty and it is a memory we will cherish always. I always knew that Betty was my close friend, I am just glad we realized that Rich was too. We will miss him! Betty - we will always love you!
November 06, 2000
Your friendliness will always be remembered when you and Betty were there to greet me in time of need.
November 03, 2000
We had some great times together and even though we became separated by miles and time I always thought of you as a friend and more. Baseball or bowling or just partying, it was always special and I will never forget.
November 02, 2000
We miss you Rich…
Our time here is short; for some shorter than others. We can only hope we were able to leave behind something good to be carried on. Whether in thought deed or action; those who knew Rich surely have something to pass on and remember him by.
November 02, 2000
November 01, 2000
Rich left behind a wonderful family that we have the priviledge of knowing. I'm sure he's smiling down on them daily!
October 31, 2000
Once there was five of us, then our mom married our step dad and combined we had eleven, then they had two more and we totaled thirteen children all in one house. It was quite a gang. Then they broke up our home with another divorce. Now we are back to eleven as we have now lost two brothers: Dickie and now Rich. I am proud of the person Rich became even though he had no role models. He grew into a wonderful, loving, caring man, husband, father and brother. He put his families happiness as his main priority and he had something we never had children: security and love that didn't go away or change. I will miss his big smile, his sense of humor, growing old together, and help with my computer. I am so thankful my original five brothers and sisters stayed together and gave each other love and security. We were so lucky to have had Rich in our lives. I still can't believe he isn't smiling in Linden. I wish I would have made Rich talk more about our childhood. He was so closed about his feelings and some of his memories. He kept so much inside himself. I always thought we would have time to talk. I will miss him but I know he was happy and that is a blessing.

one of your loving sisters, Penny
October 31, 2000
To my beloved Husband, you will always be in my mind and in my heart. You touched so many lives and I feel blessed to have shared mine with you. I will always love you and you shall never be forgotten.
October 28, 2000
Rich, you will be missed. If we all lived our lives as you lived yours, the world would be a much better place.
October 16, 2000
We all wonder if the world will be a better place when our time is done here. Rich was one of those person's that left no doubt. Humanity has lost a true asset. We can never fill his shoes, but we can follow the path he led.

You are not forgotten
October 14, 2000
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