Thinking of you and your family, as a New Year approaches, and a prayers that each day gets a little easier. God Bless.
Hello Richard ~ You and your family have been on my mind, as I feel the loss your family and many friends have had to deal with, since your passing. I just wish, for Deana and boys,to know, that they are not spending these holidays alone. You are right there, with many friends, and close family, have been sharing since your lost. Rich will be spending Christmas with Jesus this year, and you will be there with every breath your loved ones take a breath. In my prayers, through these hard times. Your wife is a lucky lady to have had you in her life all these years ~ as have your friends try to deal with your early calling home. The seasons will give your family the "shinning star" which can only belong to you. Merry Christmas Rich! A friend of years ago.
Dear Richard, It has been one year and many people have thought about you through this year and know that you are watching. There is no day that goes by the our son Wade George Tobias does not think of you and the time that was spent together. We will always remember Thanksgiving and Christmases that the families on both sides spent together. I will miss that. Your grandson Ari will remember his grandpa Ruchard. Love from Lana S, Wade Tobias.
May the light you brought never leave...
Thank you ever so much to the person "A friend in spirit-of long ago" for making this Guest Book of Rich's a permanent book on this sight. It means so much to me!!!
Gone to soon, missed by many. A great Veteran,Son, Brother, Dad, and Husband.
Richard the Great.
Sweet man, love of my life, I miss you so much, love you so much! One year ago today you left me to join our Father in heaven...how I wish you were still with me but you are in the most special place with the most spectacular God...I love you and miss you and look so forward to being in you loving arms again! De
Please believe, that there are signs everywhere, that the love of your life, is right there beside you. He was and is loved my many, and will remain in many hearts, the gift of his friendship for all time. Take care of yourself, ask for help when in need. The holidays will be hard, but he will still be there. A friend from the past.
I tried to share a short video of Rich that was taken up at our cabin 6 months before he passed. Too large of a file to attach. I can tell you that we were playing cards, talking old times, having a cocktail and he was laughing that great Richard laugh. We have missed you and will continue missing you.
I don't know what His grand plan is in taking you from me but I know He has one...God must have needed to have the best with him in heaven because He got just that in you. I miss you so much sweetheart, it's so hard to get thru each day and night without you - I talk to you all the time, ask you questions, run ideas by you, hoping against hope I'll get some kind of response but it never comes. I know you are watching us from your beautiful home with God so please keep us safe and help us to find a way to ease our pain. I had you for 30 years and many people would say how lucky I am in that but don't feel so lucky - I am greedy and want another 30 years!! I do thank the good Lord for the time we did have, though... I love you so much, my sweet man - and look so forward to the time I will be with you and God in heaven.
Rich, may you rest in peace ~ taken too soon, but you have served not only our country, but your family. Many good memories of years ago, when I was dating your friend. My prayers are with your wife and children.
I moved across the street from Rich in 57'. We instantly became best friends. Rich and I went through school, cub scouts, boy scouts, and then joined the navy on the buddy system.
We got split apart in boot camp. Rich and I both had our first duty stations on ships, different ships that cycled to the DMZ off shore Viet Nam around the same time. Rich and I along with Pete and Tom got together on liberty in the Philippines's few times.
Rich received the Viet Nam service metal with four bronze stars, which meant he went on four tours of Viet Nam. Thanks for your service Rich.
After the service we hung around. I introduced Rich to his first wife and was in his wedding. He introduced me to my wife of now 31 years. Rich was in our wedding.
Sometime after that Rich had his son Wade and a while after that got a divorce.
Rich met Deanne and her pre-fab family of two boys and a girl. Rich and Deanne got married. Rich immediately had a new family that he loved and raised as his own.
Rich and I drifted apart a bit when he moved up to Elk River/Ramsey area. We still spent a few weekends at the cabin.
John Hayes and I were fortunate enough to spend a weekend this past spring with him at the cabin fishing, playing cards and talking about the past.
I was fortunate to receive a call from Deanne when Rich had his heart attach and was with him at the end.
His family and all who met him will miss him. He will live in our hearts forever. When it's my turn to go I know we will pull a little liberty together again.
I am sorry I was unable to attend Richards funeral and saddened to hear of his death. He was much to young and had so much to look forward to in his retirement. I grew up with him and have so many fond memories of playing games, tag, skating at the rink at Harley Hopkins. He was a great cousin and I was at his house often with his sisters. His parents were my favorite Aunt and Uncle. As the years go by it's unfortuate that we grow apart and see each other so little but he will always be remembered as a great cousin and guy. God speed. Cousin Barbara Little aka Zwack daughter of Helen and Jake.
Rich and I went to Sunday school together, were confirmed together, and graduated from high school together. I regret to say that we were only acquaintances then. But, how lucky I was to meet Rich again so many years later to get to know him and to be able to become friends. Rich was such a fun-loving, understanding, and positive person. He was always truly interested in your life, and had a way of making everyone around him feel special. He was special. My husband and I will miss his bright happy smile, his laughter, and I will miss his eager greeting! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and we hope that they can take some comfort in knowing that so many others feel about Rich as they feel--that he was such a beautiful person, husband, father and grandfather! We were all lucky to have had him in our lives.
To my brother Wade and Tobias Family. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this tough time!! May he watch all of you up from heaven
There are many people that knew Richard from way back and have lost contact. I am bringing the message forward from them to the whole Tobias family with prayers and hugs. With much love and saddness.
Richard was a great person and a hard worker. We have a great son named Wade. He will be dearly missed by many whose lives he has touched. RIP
Our deepest sympathy to Shirley and Sharon and their families and to Rich's family. I have many fond memories of growing up next door to the Tobias family. It's hard to imagine that another of the neighborhood kids is gone. I wish I could attend the funeral to express my sympathy in person and share stories, but a family illness prevents that. I will try to connect with you, Shirley, later. Also, my mother was deeply saddened by the news and commented how hard it is to lose a brother. May many happy memories bring comfort to all of you.
Mary and Chuck Romportl
Remembering Rich always brings a smile to my face. He was such a bright light in our family.....always smiling and joking. As a child we used to play cowboys and indians or cops and robbers with the neighbors. As we grew older I always thought Rich looked like Mitch Miller and he would always get a big kick out of me calling him that. He was one of the best cousins and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Love and hugs to all of the Tobias family. Kiss my mom and Auntie when you get to Heaven Cuz! Love you!
I was shocked to hear of Rich's passing. I have many great memories of him and De and family. My prayers and heart goes out to you all during this time. May you find peace in the memories!
We never met Richard but have known his son, Wade, since he was a small child. Wade has grown into a fine young man and good father. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Wishing you peace at this very sad time. Barb and Dave Strusinski (Scaffhausen)
I was saddened to hear of Richard's passing. I am the niece of Carmela & Jerry Lauseng who lived across the street from the Tobias home. I spent a great deal of time at the Lauseng's and Richard, Steve, Mike, & Pete always treated me like a little sister. My memories of Richard are as always smiling, laughing, kind. My heartfelt condolences to the entire Tobias family.
Papa Rich, that is what my children call him. It is tragic to lose someone as special as Rich. He may or may not have known, but he was one of the few positive role models for Z during a very hard time. We will never forget that.
Thoughts and prayers to our "second family" during this difficult time!
I was so saddened to read the news about the loss of Rich in Kevin's beautifully written Facebook post. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Tobias family.
Pop, you were the anchor of this loving, but dysfunctional family. We miss you so very much. As the days have gone by it is getting a little bit easier to cope, but I promise that you will never be forgotten. Each night we say "goodnight papa" before tucking the girls in for bed. I hope you can hear us and know how much we love you. I hope you did one of your customary "suck gut in, push chest out" poses for Jesus when you saw him. Love you Pop!
So sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He always treated me so kind. He was a wonderful man and always laughing. I have many memories of Rich, Bob, and my Dad spending time in the garage at my house as a young girl. Say hi to Bob for me and my family, Rich. You will be incredibly missed.
Pat and I were deeply saddened by the passing of Rich. We shared many fun times in Alexandria with friends. He and his wife stood up in our wedding. I will always remember his smile and kind words. We pray for the family and offer our condolences.
Sorry to hear this news. I worked with you for several years while you did survey work at SB. All the while I knew you, you were a hard worker and very thorough. Probably kept me out of trouble more often than I can remember as a young engineer-in-training depending on you as my eyes in the field. I'm sorry for your family. These moments are never easy, but they're even worse this time of year when we're afforded a bit more time to let life slow down a little and spend time celebrating with our families. Take care old friend. Say hello to my Dad and dog for me.
We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Richard's passing. We are going to miss his smile,laugh and jokes. I remember when he was little and Shirley and I would pick on him so bad. Aunt Christine said "someday he is going to grow up and give it back to you" He did both. Now he is with his friend Pete sharing all the old stories. Our prayers go out to the family. May our Lord give you all strenth and love as we remember Richard.
We were shocked to hear of "little Richards" passing. I can still remember the day when aunt Christine said "someday he is going to be grown up and he will give you the same troubles you are giving him" He did both! We will miss his laugh and jokes.
He is now sharing stories with his friend Pete...
My heart sank as Abigail read me the news from her Facebook. The world has lost a great man. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dee, Megan, Kevin, Dennis, and the rest of the Tobias family.
We are very saddened to hear about the loss of Rich. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tobias family during this difficult time. It was a true honor to know Rich, his always smiling face will be missed along with his many wonderful stories. The Girlz
So sorry to hear about Rich's passing. Your family is in our thoughts during this very hard time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. This sudden passing of Cousin Richard came as a surprise to many of us. May he Rest in Peace with his Dad and Mom, and many relatives that have already entered the Kingdom of God.
In loving memory to a loving father who I didn't know but I feel like I did because with loving hands you have raised one of your son Kevin who I know very well who I know you gave patience through his mistakes and a helping hand, because at his stressful job working at AME 37th place a group home he corrects his stern voices and gives words of wisdom and encouragements to his loving Prader Willi extended family guys. So I know you Richard George Tobias will be trully missed. I give my condolences to the Tobias family.
We were saddened to hear of
Rich's sudden passing. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family.
I love you so much dad. I got to tell you while your heart was still beating and will continue to tell you after. God be with you.
They knew little that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life they loved you dearly,
In death, they do the same.
It broke their hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of them went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left them beautiful memories,
Your love is still their guide.
And although they cannot see you,
You are always at their side.
The Tobias family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls them one by one,
The chain will link again.