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Rick (#46528431)
 member for 15 years, 7 months, 4 days
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Bio Photo I am a Son of the South (hometown in northeastern Florida; college educated in southwestern Missouri), career soldier (retired as a LTC in 2008 with over 29 years, and a subsequent Retiree Recall put me over 31) who was originally trained in the USMCR (M Company (-), 3/24 Marines, 4th MAR DIV, Semper Fi!) with combat in OPN Urgent Fury (Grenada), El Salvador, OPN Desert Storm (Persian Gulf War), OPN Joint Guard (Bosnia), OPN Enduring Freedom (Global War on Terror), & OPN Iraqi Freedom (Global War on Terror). I also served in OPN Noble Eagle (Global War on Terror/ USA Homeland defense), OPN Volcano (disaster relief, Armero, Columbia), and USA disaster relief during Hurricanes Hugo, Opal, Frances, and TS Alberto in Florida. I have been married since 1989 and have 1 son. I am also a retiree from the Florida Department of Corrections and worked criminal justice 29.5 years. In my youth, I attained Eagle Scout with the BSA and was a Triple Letterman (football/ wrestling/ track) in High School with my greatest achievement in athletics being amateur boxing (72-3, 55 KOs). I also served 2 years with the FFA Chapter during high school. Thanks to all of you who have visited and left flowers/ comments on my memorials, and especially those who have sponsored them.

"You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
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Thank You!
Hi, Rick! I read, with awe, your Service record, and want to "Thank You!" for your Service for Our Country! I deeply appreciate All that You did! Also, thank you for visiting my sweet Cousin Elmer E Carter. He was such a special person, and brightened everyone's day! He would be so amazed at all the kind remembrances he has received. Kindest regards to you and yours, Southernatheart
Added by Southernatheart on Oct 03, 2017 11:53 PM
Jennifer Ellis
RE: Lora Fillinger

That is great news as I couldn't find a memorial on findagrave. I plan to make a trip to Logan soon and wanted to visit the cemetery as well as other family cemeteries. Did you create a memorial or has anyone created a memorial for her and Fred? If so can you direct me?

Thank you for the information.


Added by Jennifer Ellis on Sep 20, 2017 7:24 AM
Jennifer Ellis
Lora Fillinger

You maintain a memorial for Lora Fillinger who is the sister of my grandfather William M. "Coonie" Hager. I was wondering if you knew anything about their mother's place of burial. In the bio for Lora it states Jennie died in 1974. I have only been able to locate that she passed in 1973 in Florida. I do not know the accuracy of that information. Would you happen to know more? Are you related? I would appreciate any help. Jennie raised my mom after her mother passed away and my Papaw Coonie remarried.


Jennifer Smith Ellis
Added by Jennifer Ellis on Sep 06, 2017 7:57 PM
Thank you
Thank you for your service and for all the flowers and tokens you leave for our loved ones your kindness is appreciated very brother did two tours in Viet Nam retired from the Air Force and the Navy he is listed on here Arvill E Bagley...
Added by AvaNell on Aug 27, 2017 6:17 AM
Valenciaღ Asiaღ Angel of Mine 💞

For a parent .... seeing your tribute to let us know you remember the anniversary of the loss of our daughter, her Angelversary is deeply heartfelt. Your remembrance and beautiful messages are very meaningful to us on this difficult day.

Love ❤️

Added by Valenciaღ Asiaư... on Aug 13, 2017 9:00 PM
A. L. Parrish 💜
Thank you 😊
Thanks for the beautiful & thoughtful token & message left for my dear friend Alice Edmonia Winston Johnson. Your kindness is appreciated.

Andie Parrish
Added by A. L. Parrish 💜 on Aug 02, 2017 6:55 PM
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Andy Alaniz
Andy 89743536 was killed in the Gulf War he needs flowers as always your the best.
Added by Florida Boy 64 on Jul 30, 2017 1:58 AM
Sarah Pipes
Thank you!
Thank You for your service to our great country!
Sarah Pipes
Added by Sarah Pipes on Jul 16, 2017 6:26 PM
Muriel Butler
Eric Henry Williams
My sincere thanks Rick.
Muriel Butler
Added by Muriel Butler on Jul 10, 2017 2:49 AM
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Billy Turner
Billy 180413082 was my high school football coach. To know this man was to love him the church was packed and he coached Ralph Vitch 57126129 and went to his funeral he always talked about him. As always your the best
Added by Florida Boy 64 on Jun 16, 2017 1:14 PM
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