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RICHARD MICHAEL ESPOSITO BYRON - Richard Michael Esposito of Byron, IL and Mesa, AZ, passed away Friday, December, 19, 2014, from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident in Mesa, AZ. Richard was born January 13, 1948, in Pontiac, IL to Dr. Neil and Regina Esposito who preceded him in death. On February 17, 1968, he married Nancy Fetzer Esposito in St. Patrick's Church, Minonk, IL, she survives. Richard graduated from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School in 1965. After graduation he attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA from 1965-1967. He served in the US Air Force from June 1967 to January 1971. After the service, he attended Illinois State University in Normal, IL, graduating with a Bachelors degree in 1974. While living in Minonk after college, Richard was an active community leader serving on the Minonk City Council, and was instrumental in obtaining a grant for the Minonk Ambulance Service. Richard's career with Country Financial took him to Byron, IL in 1980. While in Byron, he continued his community service work by serving on the Byron Park District Board from 1988 to 1995. He retired as a Commercial Field Underwriter with Country Financial in September, 2010, after 36 years of service. After retirement, Richard and Nancy spent their winter months in Mesa, AZ where he was presently serving on the Sun Valley Casitas Condo Board. He absolutely loved his Arizona morning bike rides and exploring the Arizona country on his Harley Davidson. Richard was a wonderful husband, father and a special "Papa" to his grandchildren whom he loved dearly. They adored him and he will always have a special place in their hearts. Richard will be dearly missed by his wife, Nancy; his children, Caryn (Kraig) Hoover, Byron, IL, Bryan (Mandie) Esposito, Bloomington, IL and Janelle (Tim) Smith, Byron, IL. Richard's grandchildren, Alyssa and Andra Hoover, Lauren and Davis Esposito, Sydney, Ryan and Gracyn Smith. Also, brother, Russell Esposito, Flanagan, IL, sister, Bernadette (Gerry) Green, brothers, Robert (Zora) Esposito and Raymond (Diane) Esposito, all of Bloomington, IL. Richard's brother-in-law, Ron (Terrie) Fetzer, Johnson Creek, WI, and many very special nieces and nephews. His special uncle, Roland (Fran) Van Guilder, Plymouth, MN, aunts, Louise Esposito of NY and Sonia Esposito of VA, and Richard's family in NY and VT, as well as many special friends he has met along the way. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 2nd, at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron, IL. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3rd, at St. Patrick's Church, Minonk, IL. Family will be present in Minonk at 10 a.m. for a visitation in the church preceding the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL. Memorials can also be made directly to the family and will be used for various charities which provide bicycles and helmets to children and those in need. www.farrellhollandgale.com

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Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2014.
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January 19, 2015
I just finished the morning bike ride that I used to do with Richard. This is the first day I would have taken the route with Richard on the way home. He is missed terribly. I liked and respected him more than I can say. I am praying for peace and comfort for all your family at this time. May God hold you in His hand. Rod Ruger, Mesa Arizona
Rod Ruger
January 5, 2015
As an agent for many years in Whiteside County I had many meetings and reviews with Richard involving insurance on commercial properties. He was always sincere and fair on any cases I presented to him. Since he retired I had lost track of him but I want to offer my sympathy to his wife and family. He talked about moving to Arizona for the winter months and riding his Harley and bicycles. Best wishes to his family in the future.

Larry Ebersohl
Larry Ebersohl
January 4, 2015
Dearest Nancy, please know you and your family are in our prayers. Such a tragedy to lose Richard. We've had some good times together and those trips are and always will be cherished memories ...never to be forgotten. Richard will truly be missed..he was a pretty special guy and you two a wonderful fun-loving couple. God Bless you all, Kim & Vicki Hartman
Kim & Vicki Hartman
January 3, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, Caryn, Bryan, Janelle, and the entire Esposito family. Richard will be greatly missed by all. He was a good friend, and most of all, a true supporter of all youth activities. Byron was so fortunate to have him.
glen and janet dallman
January 3, 2015
Nancy and Family,

My deepest condolences to all of you. We worked together for a short time in Commercial Audit and everyone enjoyed his stories when Caryn was your only child. But we all shared his excitement when he told us the news about another baby on the way. While he was worried during the pregnancy, after Bryan and Janelle were born, he was so very surprised, happy and proud to have TWO new babies. God blessed your family with him as your husband and father and the rest of us to have had him for a friend. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Colleen Smith
January 2, 2015
Dear Nancy and family we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe & Donna McNeilly
January 1, 2015
Nancy and family. So sorry on your loss. Richard was a true gentleman and friend. I enjoyed working with him.
Bette Doty
December 31, 2014
Nancy,
So sorry to hear about Richard. He was a wonderful man, and will be missed by many. It was such a delight to work with him in the field. He was aways very thorough and pleasant. May it comfort you to know that he died loving what he was doing, riding the bike.
God Bless you during this most difficult time.
Joni Walker, Agent in Paw Paw Il
December 30, 2014
So sorry to hear of your loss. May happy memories give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathy Ashley
December 30, 2014
So sorry on your loss. I enjoyed knowing Richard. He was in our office often and was a great guy.
Mary Neumann, Henry agency office
December 29, 2014
Dear Nancy and children:
My heart is very heavy and I feel the pain you are going through. My prayers are with you.
Sonia Esposito
December 29, 2014
Dear Nancy and children:
My heart is very heavy and I feel the pain you are going through. My prayers are with you.
Sonia Esposito
December 29, 2014
I was deeply saddened hearing this news. To Nancy, Caryn, Bryan, Jenell, and families please accept my condolences during this time.

Sincerely;
Jim Hayden
December 29, 2014
I was deeply saddened after hearing the news. Although it has been a while since we were together I recall the last time we were together. It seems like yesterday. Richard will be missed but not forgotten.
Rodney Van Guilder
December 29, 2014
Dear Nancy, Caryn, Bryan, Janelle,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may your wonderful memories help ease your loss. We shared many great times with your family in Byron and at WIU. God bless and comfort you.
Keith and Cheryl Padgett
December 29, 2014
Dear Nancy and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this challenging time. May you find strength and comfort through faith, family, and friends.

Carol and Gene Frericks
Carol Frericks
December 29, 2014
My dear family, Words cannot express how very sorry we all our for your loss. Richard will always hold a very special place in my hear as you all do.

Love,
Nancy
Nancy Tocci
December 29, 2014
Nancy Tocci
December 29, 2014
My dearest family, There are no words to express how deeply sorry we all our for your loss. Richard will always hold a very special place in my heart as you all do. Love from your New York family.

Love,
Nancy
Nancy Tocci
December 29, 2014
So sorry for your loss...thoughts and prayers to the family.
Renee Paul (Whaley)
December 29, 2014
Dear Family, I am so sorry for your great loss. May prayers and tears of others be some comfort to you Nancy and
all your loved ones. God bless all of you. Joan and family
Joan wreschinsky
December 29, 2014
CARYN AND KRAIG,SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR TRAGIC LOSS,OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU BOTH AND THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY

BUTCH & CHRIS TAYLOR
BUTCH TAYLOR
December 29, 2014
CARYN AND CRAIG.....SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR TRAGIC LOSS,OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY

BUTCH AND CHRIS TAYLOR
BUTCH TAYLOR
December 28, 2014
I am so sorry for all of you and your loss. My thoughts and prayers are sure with all of you.
Bev Kielsmeier Campbell
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