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Forrest "Rick" Miller A celebration of the life of Forrest "Rick" Miller, 49, of Phoenix, Ariz. for 30 years, formerly of Elk Grove Village for six years, Hoffman Estates for two years, and Chicago for 12 years, will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. July 31, at Para Center, 1 E. Continental Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281. Born in Chicago, July 31, 1960, he died in Phoenix, Ariz., April 28, 2010. Rick was a loving and caring dad, husband, son, brother and friend. He was born in Chicago. He moved to Elk Grove Village and graduated from Conant High School in 1978. Rick moved to Phoenix a couple years later where he met his wife, Gina Goudatti, and they had two beautiful daughters. He was a mechanic and avid race fan. He was also a handyman to many supportive clients. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He left too soon. He was preceded in death by his father, Forrest Rich Miller; mother, Dolores (Peterson) Miller; and wife, Gina (Goudatti) Miller. Survivors include his two daughters, Penny Marie and Ashley Marie Miller; his two sisters, Laura (Miller) Kovacs and Pamela (Miller) Moreau; and his brother from another mother, Val Moreau. In tears we watched you fade away. You suffered much in silence. You fought so hard to stay. And you face your task with courage. You felt your hope descend yet still kept fighting till the very end. God saw you getting tired when there was no cure to be. So he wrapped His arms around you and whispered "Come With Me." So peaceful and free from pain now , we could not wish you back to suffer that again. God must have needed your amazing skills to take you from us so soon. It was a beautiful ride while it lasted the journey of my life. Death is nothing at all I have only slipped away into the next room ... I am me and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way in which you always did. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight* I have no regrets except the pain I leave behind. Those dear hearts who love and care... And the strings pulling at the heart and soul... The strong arms that held me up when my own let me down. At every turning of my life I came across good friends. Friends who stood by me, even when the time raced me by. Farewell my friends and family I smile and bid you goodbye. Shed no tears for I need them not all I need is your smile. Speak of me but laugh and talk as if I were beside you. I'd come ... if I could find a way. And when you hear a song or see something that reminds you of me. Please do not be sad ... For I am loving you just as I always have ... There are so many thing I wanted still to do and say ... Remember I did not fear ... it was just leaving everyone that was so hard to face. We cannot see beyond ... But this I do know ... If you do feel sad think of me for that's what I'll like, Because when you live in the hearts of those you love, Remember then you never die. I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. "GOOD TO GO" I love you brother.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on July 11, 2010
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