Thank you to those who have shared their thoughts about Richard Nylander with family and friends. Although the guest book is no longer active, the comments have been preserved.

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Date:
February 10, 2004

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Richard was such a caring, wonderful person. He would do anything to help anyone. It won't be the same fishing at Cedar Key without you Richard. You will live on in my heart forever. Love, Michele


Date:
February 10, 2004

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What a beautiful memorial to reflect the love of family in Richard's life. Richard's memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. In fact, he will always be the one who inspired me to keep gardening. How the heck did he grow all those veggies? Long live Richard and his potatoes!!! Our hearts and prayers are with you forever. Love, Sheri, Mark, Kyle and Keri


Date:
February 10, 2004

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What a beautiful memorial! Dale, I only met your dad once but he seemed like such a cool person. I hope you know that we at GPD are very sorry for your loss. I know that you and him were very close. Brenda


Date:
February 10, 2004

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I will always remember and miss my favorite cousin. We grew up together and spent many hours together on our farms. He was always kind to his little cousin even though I am sure I was a pain. He will forever live on in my heart. Thank You Dale and family for this lovely memorial and for the memorial CD at Christmas. Love Kay from Kennedy, NY


Date:
February 10, 2004

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To say that Richard was a genuinely 'nice guy' just doesn't do him justice. He was more like a gentle giant, which is why his family and friends will miss him so much. In the end, he didn't battle the cancer, he worked at healing his family, and when he finished doing that, he moved on. Now I believe that Richard will be one of those quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly. Thanks for the lessons and the miracles Richard, they were a beautiful gift. See you in heaven... Ginny Valletti


Date:
February 11, 2004

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Richard was one of the finest men on this earth and he will truly be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I only hope Richard went to sleep in peace. Richard and all of you will always remain in my heart. Love to all. Meryl


Date:
February 12, 2004

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Love Aunt Margaret


Date:
February 14, 2004

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Dear Dad, It's been one week now since you have been gone and there are no words that can express how much I miss you and your smile. I miss having you come over every morning and sitting with me and Gary. I miss our lunches and our milkshakes. I want you to know that you have been such a strong influence in my life and will always treasure everything you have taught me. I know the love you have given me in life will carry me always and will never ever feel you far away . Know that I love you with all my heart and with every beat will always know you are there watching over me. I love you Daddy Your most loving shadow Dawn P.S. Bandit sends her love


Date:
February 14, 2004

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Dear Dad, I just wanted to say you were a great Dad. It is not the same sleeping on the bed without you. Dawn is taking very good care of me, but I must say that my treats have been decreased. On a more positive note, I am getting my girlish figure back. I miss you. Your faithful friend always, Bandit


Date:
February 15, 2004

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Nothing is harder than saying good-bye to someone you love. How fortunate we are that in our hearts we keep forever the memories of those we love.....and the times we shared together. Miss you, Dad! Love, "Your Princess" Laurie


Date:
February 15, 2004

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my heart goes out to all of you i lost my husband one year ago from cancer. his memorial is next to your dad. your dad will always be looking down on you. and we as you will do will think about all the good times you had and all the wonderful memories and it will make you smile. take care linda mcomish


Date:
February 16, 2004

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I did not know dear Uncle Dick so well. But I remember thinking he was "cool, fun and nice" even as a small child. I was blessed to see him again at Grandma's celebration at Jekyll Island - he seemed the same - so happy and full of life. He will be missed. This website is precious. Thank you for sharing it with me. Carolyn Evans


Date:
February 17, 2004

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Richard, from young lovers to great friends. We raised three wonderful remarkable children who gave us three of the best grand children. So many things I've shared with you and you listened with your heart and sometimes when my day seemed dark, you saw the brightest part. Thank you my friend. Your memory will remain in my heart forever. Love Carol


Date:
February 17, 2004

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Richard my friend was always true, loyal, dependable, honest, never wavered, always there if needed. Good bye my friend, your memory remains with me until we meet again. Derrell


Date:
February 17, 2004

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Dad, It's been a little over a week now since you've left and I want you to know that you are in my thoughts always. I think of all of the great times that we've shared and all of the things that you were to me. I miss hearing your voice and being here, as not only my father, but as my friend. I will always treasure your memory. You touched many in your life as your gentle nature was your gift to all. You were the most giving person that I have ever known, never thinking of yourself but always thinking of others. I promise that I'll share my thoughts with you often and I know that you are watching over me and helping to guide me through these tough times. I love you dad. "Your #1 and only son" Dale


Date:
February 18, 2004

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Richard, May your strength guide us, and your charm warm us. May your spirit find us , In times of need. For we all shall cherish, these moments and time, you provided us so graciously! Love, Rick


Date:
February 19, 2004

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I've resisted this because of how hard I knew it would be. It's just now sinking in that you are no longer here. What will I do without your expertise in just about everything that I had little or no knowledge in at all. I miss working at our little (and not so little) projects we seemed to have most of the time. I guess I'll have to figure things out for myself......aaargh. Damn, I'm crying again. I'm sure going to miss you. Love to my "Bud", Gary


Date:
February 23, 2004

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Uncle Richard's legacy reminds me of a line from The Wizard of Oz -- "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." This website is certainly a wonderful portrayal of that sentiment. There is no doubt that he knows how much he is and will always be loved. Lauren English


Date:
February 25, 2004

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I found this poem that I want to share. I think it echoes all our feelings Its called the Broken Chain. We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You let us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, your are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the Chain will link again. Until we meet again dear cousin you are in my heart Love KAY


Date:
February 26, 2004

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Dad, I wanted you to know that I still think of you each and every day. I truly miss you and so do many others. We are getting ready for the trip that you so looked forward to and although you won't be with us in body, I know that you will be there in spirit. Please know that I love you with all of my heart. Love Dale


Date:
February 26, 2004

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What a beautiful tribute, to a beautiful life. Such beautiful memories you will have to cherish always. God Bless your family during this time, and always. Kelly Wright - Denver, CO


Date:
February 27, 2004

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Erin E. Knight What a great tribute. Always remember the best of times and appreciate something special or beautiful in every day.


Date:
March 07, 2004

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Dad, I miss you so much that sometimes it is hard to breathe. I cannot believe that it has been 1 month, but I want you to know that I try to get thru each day knowing that you would want me to be happy. I still wait for you to come over and sit with me and Gary, I still wait to hear your voice when you call to see what's up. Gary and I went to Red Lobster yesterday and couldn't believe you weren't there to have the fried seafood platter and share your crab cakes with me. We then went to Lowes to get more supplies for the roof and a buggie was going all by it self and I told Gary that was you pushing the cart. I miss you soooooo much and wish I could give you a hug. Bandit is doing so good, she has lost one pound last time I weighed her and her cough is getting better, She also has more energy, and you can actually see her ribs now. She misses you too, but don't worry I still spoil her rotten. I love you ... Love Dawn, Your forever shadow


Date:
March 08, 2004

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My dear friend Dawn- This is a wonderful tribute. I can see this is a special place for you and your family to remember your father. I am thinking of you my friend. Though I really did not know your dad I know you loved each other very much and you are missing him now. My heart cries for you. He is in your heart now and with you always in everlasting memories. His blood is flowing in you and your daughter - in this way he will never leave you. I hope you enjoy the beauty of this day as I know your father wants you to. ---Lisa


Date:
March 08, 2004

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Laurie, Dale, Dawn and families. What a wonderful Memorial you have created. I know that your dad would be proud. Although we did not see much of each other the last few year, we had a wonderful relationship that has lasted for 55 years. For those who do not know the story we were in the same hospital room when we were born, Dick was however 7 days older. We did not know this until we were 19 years old. After our service time we both worked at Marine Midland Bank. I moved to Ill. and a few years later Dick came out and worked for the same owner of several banks. I could write a book about some of our adventures, but that will have to wait. I am really glad I made his 7oth birthday bash, but disappointed he will not make my 75th as planned. I will miss him just like many of his other friends. Dick hold the door open for me so we can renew old times. With Love Woody Woods. and wife Joyce.


Date:
March 09, 2004

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Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet him, but heard nothing but good things about him. God bless him and his family. Sgt. Dennis Roadruck, ACSO


Date:
March 09, 2004

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Hello, My name is Donnie Van Wie and I am a deputy sheriff. I am truly saddened by the passing of Richard, a man with many hats. But I will always remember the times I had on the road, and with your father at the helm in ACSO communications, I could always, ALWAYS, count on the best there was in helping me with my call, vehicle stop, or researching information on my past calls. Richard was always so kind and patient. It was a joy to see Richard over the Fall holidays here at the office and chat with him. His didn't change his persona while he was away, nor did he let on that tough times were ahead of him. I just wanted to share my thoughts and feelings to a family who was blessed to have such a wonderful man in their lives. They are far & few between. Thank you for sharing your father with us here at ACSO. May God hold you in the Palm of His hands and offer you ever lasting protection- Donnie


Date:
March 09, 2004

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I loved working with Richard at the Alachua Co. Sheriff's Office. He will be missed. Tracie Hinson, ASO DISPATCH


Date:
March 09, 2004

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This is a wonderful site and a great tribute to your dad. He was an awesome person and he will be missed very much. He always made me smile whenever I saw him. God bless you and your family. Love ~Sandi, ASO


Date:
March 09, 2004

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We all enjoyed working with Richard during his years at ACSO. He would call or stop by once in a while, and we saw him working at the Gainesville Airport when leaving on a trip a few years ago. He was always friendly, and always had that dry sense of humor. I know you will all miss him a great deal; consider yourselves lucky to have been loved so much. Janis Mack, ACSO Combined Communications Center


Date:
March 09, 2004

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Hi, Dale, I work at ASO and remember your father being so kind and always fun to talk with while he was here at ASO as well as at the Union County. I am so shocked to find your father passed on, absolutely no idea that he was fighting with the illness. I remember the last time I spoke with him reference the wanted person from our county who was arrested in the Union County. He was joking, saying,,,,the bad one never stops his act and try to disguise his identity however he could,,,,,,,. The was about the person whom continually having Warrants for his arrests issued by us as well as by the Union County and trying to elude the LEO by using a fake Social Security number, address or his date of birth. Your father always made me to smile every time I spoke with him over the phone with his sense of humor and wisdom. Although, I have never met him, I always knew that he was such a gentleman and kind at his heart. He is greatly missed by those who was touched by his kindness. May God be with him and rest in peace, Reiko K. Mills


Date:
March 09, 2004

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Lynda Guy..CCC/ALACHUA CO SO Richard was a wonderful friend and co-worker and I was so deeply saddened by his passing, you and your family are in my prayers, I will forever treasure all the wonderful memories Richard left us. God Bless


Date:
March 10, 2004

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I think this memorial is wonderful. I worked with Richard at ASO. He and I usually were the fire rescue dispatchers. He was a pleasure to work with and he was always so up-beat. I missed him greatly when he left ASO. I am so sorry for your loss as I know you must miss him terribly. My thoughts and my prayers are with your family. Carmen


Date:
March 10, 2004

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The Alachua County Sheriff's Office sends its fond memories of Richard to his family. We were so happy to see him last Thanksgiving! Aimee Rush


Date:
March 10, 2004

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I worked with Richard in the old Sheriff's Office on 5th Avenue. I was the Secretary of Patrol and he worked in Property, across the driveway. He would take his break, walk over and talk to me. He was a good friend. I currently work in the Training Bureau at the Academy and remember when Richard came out here for training after he retired. Audrey Rinehart


Date:
March 10, 2004

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To the Family, your dad was always a pleasure to talk to and always saw things in a positive light. Never a dull moment and never a negative word. I guess that's what made him stand out from the rest of the world ,I sure do miss talking to him, may god bless you all, Lt. Butch Jones


Date:
March 10, 2004

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I only knew Richard for a short time and I will always remember how he always brought a smile to my face, even on the most hectic of days. Thank you, Richard. Barb


Date:
March 11, 2004

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I certainly recognized your Dad's professionalism while he was at ASO. He was in a tough job that rarely gets the recognition for the importance that it carries. He was a good one! I was sorry to learn of his passing. I hope you all are taking comfort in the wonderful memories that he generated. Lt. Ryan Cox, ACSO


Date:
March 11, 2004

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SORRY ABOUT YOUR DAD REMEMBER ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES NOT THE BAD KATIE KOHLENBERG


Date:
March 12, 2004

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Your dad was a good man and I enjoyed working with him. I'm sorry we didn't know about his condition to be able to offer our help and prayers, but he was always sort of private. Linda Jones, Bureau Chief Property/Evidence Bureau Alachua County Sheriff's Office


Date:
March 14, 2004

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Dale and family, Of all the people that I met initially when I moved to Gainesville from Ohio in 1988, your dad is the finest and fondest memory of a new friend that I can recall. We hired basically at the same time at ASO's Comm Center, survived the often stressful training, and often worked shift together until I left ASO for GPD's Comm Center in 1990. Although, we often saw each other in the community after that I did not have the pleasure of working with Richard directly again, although I had hoped when news of the consolidation broke that he would still be here but that was not to be. The memories I take with me from knowing your "Pop" serve as a blessing in my life. My deepest condolences on your (and all of our loss). Most sincerely yours, John (J.R.) Williams


Date:
March 14, 2004

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Hi, My most recent memory of Richard is also a funny one. Years ago, when we were both working at CDC, the men's lockers were in the men's room. He got up from the console and said he was going to the bathroom to grab his apple. I said, "so that's what you call it?" He blushed furiously and laughed, and, of course, explained that his lunch was in his locker, which I knew anyway. It became a standing joke. Recently when we hired someone from Union County, she told me she knew Richard and I asked her to ask him how his apple-grabbing was going next time she talked to him. She told me she did remember to ask him, and that he burst out laughing and said "I know who THAT came from!" Richard was a great guy and a good friend, and he will be missed. Jennifer Hagstrom


Date:
March 15, 2004

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I will remember Richard fondly Dale from the many conversations we had about you. (He knew we went to rookie school together and would always let me know the latest in your life.) I had no idea of his illness until reading about his death. I sat with him at the ACSO Thanksgiving luncheon and everything seemed fine. We spoke of his tenure in the Property section, CCC and recently at Union County, working for "Jerry". My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keith Faulk


Date:
March 16, 2004

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This site was a lovely memorial to your father. I lost my grandmother in 2001 to cancer and she too died at home surrounded by family and Hospice provided excellent care for her and our family as well. I could only cry as this brought both painful and joyous memories to surface. But there is strength in numbers, thank God for family! I met Mr. Nylander a few years ago and was always pleased to see him enter my work place and take time to socialize and kid with us making every business transaction a pleasure. He will be missed by so many that you never knew he touched the lives of. Alandya Brutton 1st Credit Union of Gainesville


Date:
March 16, 2004

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This was a wonderful tribute to your dad and I enjoyed viewing it. It was a joy to know your father. May God bless all of you and may he rest in peace. Deborah Thomas 1ST Credit Union Of Gainesville


Date:
March 16, 2004

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Dear Grandpa- It has been just over a month since you have left, and we all miss you very much! It is sad that it takes something like this for you to realize that you cannot take family for granted. Family is the most important thing in a persons life, and I wish I had been closer with you. It was great seeing you at Derrell's 70th, and even better being able to see you Feb. 6 and 7. It meant the world to Ashley and me that we were able to say good-bye. As you know it was a very sad time, but things could not have worked out better. We were all able to make it down to see you that morning. The Engagement Party was a fun time, and I know you had a good time as well. Bri and I will let you know when and where the wedding is. Still a year out, but I know you will be there. Your great-grand-babies are still no where to be found, but believe me, you will be the first to know (probably a couple years out). I love you Grandpa, and will keep you informed. Love- Ryan


Date:
March 17, 2004

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Hi ym name is Wendy Richter, I first met you dad when I worked at the airport and he was doing side work with AVIS, then I started working at 1st Credit Union of Gainesville and saw him there also. If seems that your dad was a angel sent from above and followed me wherever I went. You dad is a great person and I enjoyed all the conversations that we had thru the years even if it was 5am to get his morning coffee. I will miss him dearly and my prayers are with all of you. Many Warm Thoughts, Wendy


Date:
March 20, 2004

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Hi Dad, It's Saturday and I am thinking of you. I planted your garden and hope I did it right, May you look upon your garden and help it grow. I have now a stairway to paradise and dream I can walk right up those steps to see you. I miss and love you so much....Love Me


Date:
April 07, 2004

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Dad, It's now been two months since you've left us and there isn't a time that I haven't thought of you. We went fishing a couple of weeks ago and things weren't the same with you not being there with us. We couldn't catch a thing. I regret not doing more with you when we had the chance and will always treasure the great times that we had. I miss you and will always love you. Dale


Date:
April 08, 2004

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April 8, 2004 Richard was a great friend and co-worker. His wry wit always brought a smile. We miss his wit and his smile. Sheriff Jerry Whitehead


Date:
April 08, 2004

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Dad, I am always thinking of you and miss you more every day that goes by. I sometimes wonder if I will ever get past the emptiness of life without you in it in the physical sense. I can't believe it has been two months now since you have left us, I know you are watching over us and send your love in the little things like seeing to it that your garden and hibiscus's grow, which they are growing beautifully. Dad I know you know that my love for you only grows everyday and that one day I will see you again and when that day comes , know that I cant wait for your hugs, smile, and laughter and to here you say,,,It's all GOOOOD..... I love you Dawn, Gary and of course Bandit


Date:
April 12, 2004

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Dad, we hope you had a "Happy Easter", and were able to share your Easter joy with all of our family and friends in heaven. Rick and I waited for your 9:00AM call yesterday (you were always so cautious about calling us too early), and the phone didn't ring. We waited and waited, and said that you were busy sending holiday greetings throughout the heavens. We truly miss you, and feel your presence often. Ryan turned 25 years old today, and you would be so proud of him. He has turned out to be a gentle, kind and responsible kid (if I still can call him that)! I think back to all of those late night feedings, your often requested advice, and just knowing that I had a father that would help me at any given moment! Ashley is doing awesome in college! She starts her new job today, and will continue to work through the summer in Gunnison. She loves it there, and is growing up.... we still call her our "hippy princess". Spooner is now getting her daily exercise. We have neighbors that have teen children, and walk her every day after school. She loves the walk, prances through the neighborhood, and then enjoys her nap afterwards. What a life!!! You need to know that I think about you always, miss our "chats", and know that you are watching over us. For now and forever, Laurie


Date:
April 13, 2004

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Dad, I just wanted to let you know that Michele and I went fishing the other day and we know that you were there with us, sending us more fish to catch than we ever have before. It was awesome and we know that you would have had so much fun. Not only did we catch a lot of fish but they were huge and put up good fights and I'm sure that you would have filled up your freezer. The weather and water was beautiful, which leads me to believe that you were there with us, providing us such a pretty day. We think of you often and miss you more than you can imagine. Love Dale


Date:
May 28, 2004

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SEEMED LIKE A VERY LOVING &FUN MAN. JUST VISITING THE SIGHTS. MY NEPHEW IS THE LITTLE GUY-GLENN MONCRIEF. -PATTY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.


Date:
June 13, 2004

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Richard, Father's Day is around the corner, and it's just not the same without you. I miss all of us getting together and eating Japanese food together. I miss going out on the boat together and hearing your voice on the phone. Thinking back, I am grateful that your last days (and minutes) were so peaceful. You were so kind to so many people and deserved such a loving ending to a wonderful, loving life. I think you would be proud the way everyone has come together to support each other since that time. We all miss you and think about you often. You will live on forever in our hearts and in our thoughts. Love always, Michele


Date:
June 20, 2004

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Dad, I just wanted you to know that we all got together today, Fathers Day, to honor you and take you fishing one last time. We know that you will be with us when we fish (in spirit) and now we also know that you are there in body as well. We had a great tribute to you as Mom, Laurie, Me, Dawn, Gary, Nichole, Michele and Derrell were all there. The ceremony for you was just awesome and right in the middle of the service we had several dolphins make an appearance. Please know that we all miss you very much and for obvious reasons this Father's Day just couldn't be the same without you here. Your princess, Laurie, went fishing for the first time and she caught several fish, including her favorite of the day, a shark. I miss you very much, think of you often and will always love you. Love Dale


Date:
July 16, 2004

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Hi Papa, I have missed you so much I cannot even begin to express in words the emptiness in my heart. My life will never be the same obviously without you in it every day. You are my special father and best friend and find it hard to get through each day without crying. I know you would not want me to cry for you every day, but the pain and loss I feel is too much for me to deal with, I am told in time the pain will lesson, I do think of all the great times we have shared and treasure every moment of our lives together. It was very difficult this fathers day, but we all rejoiced and honored you that very special day. Now you have a birthday coming up we will again rejoice on that VERY special day of your birth. I miss you my father, my confidant, my best friend, my teacher. I miss your voice, hugs kisses, and laughter. I think of you always, everyday.. Come and see me sometime. Your loving shadow.. Dawn P.S. Bandit is doing great, you would be so proud of her and the weight she lost. P.S. You would also be very , very proud of Dale as he has carried out all your wishes with love and honor. I love you Dale.


Date:
July 19, 2004

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Dear Dawn & The rest of Mr. Nylander's loved ones, Your father & your loving family touched my heart more than you will know. It was an honor to know Richard. I realize the anniversary of his birth is coming up on 7/27. I know this is a difficult time for all of you. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Sincerely, Amy Boswell, LCSW, Hospice Social Worker.


Date:
July 26, 2004

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Hi Richard, Tomorrow is your birthday, a day I like to remember. Gosh how much fun your 70th was. Just wanted you to know you are missed and loved a lot. Love, Carol and Derrell


Date:
July 27, 2004

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Hi Papa, Happy Birthday to you. I woke up this morning thinking of you and wondering if you are having A great time in Heaven and wish I could make you A Betty's cake and Beam It up to you and you could share it with God. I treasure you always and Dale, Michele, Gary , Nichole, and I are going to go to the Japanese restaurant you love so much and celebrate this glorious day of your birth. 74 years ago the greatest man was born and was blessed that you are my Dad. Happy Birthday, I love and miss you always....Dawn


Date:
July 27, 2004

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Hey Dad, well today is your birthday and I've been thinking of you all day, on this, your special day. Life has not been the same without you and we all miss you more than you know. I've been remembering what I like to think is your best birthday ever and that was your 70th. I wish that we could all be together today and I know that you're up there trying to blow out 74 candles on your cake. We all miss you and love you very much. Happy Birthday Dad, Love Dale


Date:
August 02, 2004

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Hi Dad, I thought it only appropriate to send you "belated" happy wishes as we recently celebrated two memorable occasions for you.....Father's Day and your 74th birthday! I am so grateful that I was able to be in Florida for Father's Day, to honor you and all of the experiences that we have shared in our lives. It is my "will" to educate my children, and grandchildren (.....sometime in the future.....don't want to start any rumors), and anyone else who has children, and let them know what a wonderful father is made of, and that there are very few men who are willing to take on such responsibilities. You were always there for me, and I sincerely "thank you" for taking on such an important role in my life. On Father's Day, and after your ceremony, we grazed your special fishing spot, then decided that we needed to catch a few fish, as this is what you would want us to do! So..... Dale, Michele and I went fishing.....and guess what, we caught many fish and baby sharks. I was so excited! I think you were looking down at me and saying "you go girl", as this is something out of my nature. I still, however, had to have Dale & Michele bait my hooks. Oh well?!?!?!We had a great time fishing until it was time to go back to Dale and Michele's home. Unfortunately, I was still so excited and couldn't stop talking about my "catch", that I distracted Dale. As he was leaving to get the boat cleaned, I think he forgot to pull the motor up.....and guess what......well, I don't have to say any more!?!?!?! Well, I saved the broken piece, as it truly resembles a sharks fin, and I know that you had something to do with that! This piece is in our special cabinet in the living room, along with many other memorabilia of you! I have only one other request from you, and I know that you can help! A family member is having extreme difficulty in dealing with your loss. I am confident that you will share with her, your thoughts and "strengths", as she continues to heal and move forward in her life. Can you please let her know, in your own subtle way, that it is o.k. to grieve, and that you want her to be happy and healthy. I know that you wouldn't want it any other way!! Dad, it was good "visiting with you", and I will catch up with you soon. I, too, look forward to hearing from you, as I know there are so many fun things going on in your world....give me some signals....o.k.?!?!? Love and miss you, "Your Princess", Laurie


Date:
August 16, 2004

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Hey Dad, I sure missed having you around this past week for my birthday. I missed you asking for a gift list months in advance and the surprise that I would get, not knowing what you had gotten for me. Dawn, Gary, Nichole, Michele and I got together for the traditional birthday dinner and although she didn't have to, Dawn did a great job in taking over your job in that she bought dinner for everyone, thanks Dawn. Unrelated to the birthday, I do think of you every day and miss you more than you know. Some days are harder than others but it is never easy knowing that I can't call you and talk to you about things such as "barking lobsters" or "blimp crashes" (Only you would know what that means). A lot of people at the Sheriff's Office miss your company and good humor and I hear stories of things that happened to you at work all of the time. The family reunion is coming up and Michele and I won't be able to attend because we are going to the benefit to honor Brent. We'll try and make it next year so that we can stay close with everyone. We know that you would have loved to have been at the reunion and Kay and the rest of the family is going to do a toast in your honor. I want you to know that you touched the lives of more people than you can imagine and we all miss you dearly. Dad, I love you and think of you everyday. Dale


Date:
August 17, 2004

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O.K. Dad......whatever you did today, make it happen tomorrow!!!! Love, "ME"


Date:
September 26, 2004

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Hi Richard, Dale and I had a great trip to Colorado, as usual. I know you would have wanted to join us. Actually, I'm sure you were with us in spirit (especially on our jeep ride when we were teetering off the edge of the mountain). I thought about you when we drove through the mountains and especially when we passed the waterfall we climbed with you. I also thought about you during our trip to Blackhawk. It wasn't the same without you. Richard, I want you to know that you are always with us in our hearts and in our thoughts. Unfortunately, it's not enough, but it's going to have to do until we meet again. We love you! Michele


Date:
October 24, 2004

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Hi Dad, I am thinking of you a lot lately and miss you terribly. At times I can still smell your presence and feel you near, I wish I could hear your voice and feel your hugs. Gary, Bandit and I just got back from Indian Rocks Beach , we went for vacation with Gary's mom and sister and had a great time, You would be so proud of Bandit, she was a perfect little lady and everybody would stop me to see her and I would tell them how lucky I was to have her, she means everything to me, My special, little angel. Gary, Nichole and I are also going to Orlando on Monday for Nichole's 21st birthday and plan to have a wonderful time and Bandit will be staying with Dale for that trip. Dad there still are no words that can express how much I love and miss you. My life just isn't the same and never will be. I think of you always and cant wait till the day I can see you again. I love you Papa.....xxxxxxxxooooooo Dawn and Bandit


Date:
October 27, 2004

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Hi Dad, It's me.....your "out-of-control" daughter that thrives on stress and craziness in her life! I do not know if you realize this or not, but as of today, there are "835" people that have read your website. You probably didn't know that you had that many family and friends. I work for the Hotel again....and for some reason, I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing! Oh well......the challenge continues, and that is what I thrive on!!!! Mom is coming to visit in a couple of weeks, as we are going to have a "Girlfriends" Weekend!! I hear that she has a lot of energy, and will hopefully cook, clean, organize and fix my home. (My refrigerator needs cleaning, too......just kidding!) On a serious note, she hasn't been back to Colorado since Ryan and Brianna's "engagement party". It is time that she returns to Denver to help with all of the wedding plans, as the big event is right around the corner! I went to Ashley's college "parent's weekend" and had a blast! I am so proud of her commitment to school, great grades, and making certain that her roommates clean their place.....she will be coming back to Denver for the summer months. I think she misses being home! I hope to be able to bring Dawn back to Colorado, for a vacation, when she is "up to it"....I think she is feeling better, and will be ready to make this trip soon. Dale and Michele are doing great, and hopefully they will assist us with our "new horizons" theme......I know that you are happy and doing well....will visit with you soon, online.....always in spirit.....Love, Your "Princess"


Date:
October 31, 2004

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Hi Dad, Well today is Halloween and I am remembering our trip to Jamestown for the family reunion and the great time we shared there. I will never forget how important that trip was for you and am grateful we all were able to go. I am sad that we could not make it this year but will try to make it back next year. I cannot tell you how much I miss the little things you do such as buying your favorite candy (milky ways) and putting them in the freezer and eating them one by one by putting the whole mini milky way in your mouth and just letting them melt til it melts away. I miss when you would always call me on Sunday mornings and interrupt my workout just to say hi and what are you doing?. I miss making your milkshakes and sharing them with you. Dad I could go on forever of all the things I miss that you do, but mostly I miss your voice and your hugs and only wish I could have one more. The holidays are going to be very difficult for me as we were always inseparable. Always know Dad that you are in my heart every second of every minute of every day and that I love and miss you. Have a good Halloween and enjoy your milky ways... Love Dawn....... Your FOREVER SHADOW


Date:
November 28, 2004

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Hi Dad, Just called to say hi.. Well made it thru Thanksgiving and I think you would be proud of me, I made the whole Thanksgiving dinner all by myself. We had a small turkey, corn pudding, Mashed potatoes, dressing, and of course the gravy.. I want to thank you because if it were not for you and teaching me I would have been lost. I have been doing pretty good considering you are not here for the holidays. I miss you and wish you were here. My gift to you this year is to continue to gain strength and live a happy life.... All my love to you... Your Shadow. P.S. Bandit enjoyed a little turkey and is doing great, she sends her love as well xxxxoooo


Date:
December 25, 2004

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Hi Dad, I just wanted to call and say Merry Christmas... It's not the same without you. We had our Christmas actually on the 19th and everyone had a good time. We celebrated first with a meal at the Hilton"s buffet, everyone ate so much, then we went to Dale's and open gifts. We then celebrated mom's, Michele's, and Gary's birthdays.. You were soooo missed by everyone. You know every year you played Santa and only hope you can be Santa for the day in heaven. Please know we are getting along ok even though the holidays are very hard. I think of you every day and what we would be doing if you were still here. I cannot believe that it has been 10 months now. It seems like yesterday that we were eating at Red Lobster and going to Lowes to get some kind of building material for a project of sorts. I guess I miss that most of all, the time we spent together just doing stuff... After the new year I am going to re-organize your shed, something I have been wanting to do, It will keep me busy which is a good thing. I love you Dad and wish you were here.....All my love to you. Merry Christmas and I will talk to you soon. Dawn


Date:
December 26, 2004

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Hey Dad, Sorry I wasn't able to write on Christmas day, things were a little hectic. I wanted you to know that this years holiday season just hasn't been the same without you here. Dawn did a good job of playing Santa (your annual job) and I think I did pretty well at taking over the task of doing your calendars, which had a different twist this year. All of 2005 was dedicated to you. In spite of your absence I think that everyone had a good time. I do think of you all of the time and miss you dearly. Love Dale


Date:
February 06, 2005

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Hi Richard, We hope you are doing well, and know that it has been a while since we have last visited. Please know that you are truly missed by all of us. Tomorrow will be a difficult day, as we approach your one year anniversary of your spirit rising from earth to heaven. We know that you are happy, and are in a much better place. Please continue to watch over us, and guide us with your wisdom and compassion. We miss you, and love you. Carol & Derrell P.S. Kids and grandkids are all doing great, and know you are proud!


Date:
February 07, 2005

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Hey Dad, Well today makes one year since you left us and, at times, it has been a difficult year. This day, one year ago, was the worst day of my life. I can only thank God that you were able to be at home and go peacefully, with all of the family there with you. I miss been not being able to talk to you and spend time together fishing and sharing with you all of the exciting things that have happened in our lives. I watched the Super Bowl last night and fondly remembered watching last years game with you. It was great being able to spend that time with you as I know that you really weren't a huge fan of football and that you did it for me. I do remember how much you enjoyed the meal that we had and although you were tired you hung in there as long as possible. Some positive things have happened in the past year as Michele took a new job in the Fort Myers area and we are planning to move next month. We found a great house, on the water, and will have awesome access to the Gulf for fishing. Our new house is going to need some work and I sure could use your knowledge and expertise in doing some of the projects, plus you would have loved fishing down there. I want you to know, and I'm sure that you do, that you are always in my thoughts. I miss you Dad and love you more than you'll ever know. Dale


Date:
February 07, 2005

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Hi Dad, It's been one year today since you took flight to heaven. I can tell you that it has been the hardest year of my life. I miss you so much and sometimes the yearning to be with you is very strong, but only God knows when I will be with you again and until that day comes I will live life as you would have wanted me to. I have good and bad days and do my best to get thru them. Every where I look there is always a reminder of you. I treasure those reminders and memories of everything you did. Dad I love you and words cannot express how much I miss you. Bandit is doing great, She got a bath today and smells wonderful. She is so funny after her bath, Its like she is going to take off in a race and she is always so proper and wipes her feet. She and I went to visit you today, she misses you too. Love you Pop, talk to you soon.... Love Dawn


Date:
February 07, 2005

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Hello Richard, It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we were with you. We are doing OK, but be assured that it is your spirit that keeps us all focused together. We miss you and the early morning calls, but certainly know that you are keeping tabs on the loved ones above. We love you, Rick & Laurie.


Date:
February 08, 2005

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Hi Richard, Wow, it's been a rough year. The whole family misses you terribly. In our hearts we know you are in a good place and you are smiling down on us, but the pain of your loss still hurts. I wish you were here to help us fix up our new house in Ft. Myers - in fact, we still have an agreement from you offering to help us. Fortunately, Dale inherited some of your handyman skills, but he would have preferred working by your side. I also know you would have loved fishing this area with us and it won't be the same without our fishing buddy. I know you can't be here physically, but we feel your presence constantly and we know you love us and want us to be happy. We love you and miss you, Michele


Date:
February 09, 2005

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Hi Dad, How are you doing? I am confident that you are doing well, as you continue to watch over us and guide us in so many ways. I know you must be happy and at peace, each and every day. I have read several books about being in heaven, and it sounds so restful. Send us some signs....o.k.? I also want to let you know that we just lost a great friend, Jeff Limerick, who died of a stroke last Tuesday. He was only 56 years old. The two of you would really become good friends, as he is one of the nicest guys I know, and reminds me so much of you! I know that your paths will cross soon. We have the NBA All Star Basketball Game coming to Denver next week, and I am putting Ashley to work. Ryan is busy with his new job, and I am busy planning his wedding for May 28th. (Can you believe that Ryan will be 26 years old in April? Makes me feel so old.) It will be quite the social event! I wish you could be here, but know that you will be guiding us.....please....and hopefully, will provide me with some personal assistance. You know how emotional I get with these things! Ashley is planning on changing schools this next year, and attending Oregon State University. (I think she gets bored easily, just like her mother!) Spooner is 10 years old and continues to take her daily walks with our neighbors. Rick's schedule is very hectic, and we recently seem to be passing each other, in the air, on airplanes. He truly enjoys his job and I do, too! So that is the good news!!! I believe that you are now caught up with your "Princess's" life. Again, drop me a hint that you are watching over us....I miss you and think of you always....Love, Laurie


Date:
March 23, 2005

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I was surfing the net and looking for something else when I came upon your dads memorial page. Although I don't know your family or your father, I was deeply moved by your tribute. What a lucky man he was to have such a loving family but also, what a lucky family to have had someone in their lives that left such a mark on this earth. God Bless You. Kathy F.


Date:
April 19, 2005

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Hi Dad, Been thinking of you alot lately. I went for a visit to Laurie's for two weeks and had a great time. I helped her paint her bathrooms and they look great. She has been very busy at work and also with the wedding preporations. Ryan and Brianna are getting married on May 28th and we all look foward to this fantastic celebration. Dale has also been very busy with his move down south and getting his new house all fixed up. He is very happy. Gary and I will be going to visit sometime after the wedding and look foward to seeing part of his new life. Nichole is doing great, She has now lost a total of 53 pounds. She looks great and is working towards her goal to get down to 125-130 pounds..I am very proud of her. I am doing fine, nothing else new for me. I miss you terribly and think of you always, All my love Dawn P.S. Bandit is doig great, she is sooooo spoiled. she is also keeping her girlish figure and has become very verbal when it comes to her cookies. She misses you too. xxxooo


Date:
June 05, 2005

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Date:
June 19, 2005

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Hi Dad, Happy fathers day.This day is hard for me as I miss you so much and wish you were here. I cant hardly believe that you have been gone for so long, It seems like yesterday that we were doing some project or going to dinner. There is not a day that I dont think of you. I miss you coming over in the mornings and just sitting with me and Gary and discussing what we were going to do that day. I know you are in the greatest place of all and that you are doing well and that gives me peace, but I am selfish and wish I could be with you and get a hug. Ryan and Bri's wedding was wonderful, I know you were there in spirit to see your grandson on his special day. Laurie did a fantastic job in preparing for the wedding. Dale looked great as he now has your suit and it fits him perfectly. He looks so much like you. Gary and bandit are doing great. Bandit is so spoiled, she is my precious baby. Dad I hope you have a great day in heaven and just know that I think of always and love you more than words can express. Kisses and hugs. Love your shadow, Dawn


Date:
June 19, 2005

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Dad, I just wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you more today than other days because it's Fathers Day and I wanted to say thank you for all that you were to me, Laurie, and Dawn. I don't think that any of us could have asked for a better father. Alot has happened in my life since you've left us and I wish that you could be here to share with me these changes. I do think of you often and miss you a great deal. Love Dale


Date:
July 09, 2005

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Hi Dad, I hope you are doing well, and enjoying your world. I am sorry that I have not caught up with you recently. I am now at Dale’s new home in Ft. Myers…..it is absolutely beautiful! He has so much of your creativity and talent! You would be so proud of what he has accomplished with their renovations….a new guest room, living room, bathroom, kitchen (underway), etc. Oh, what an incredible view, overlooking a beautiful canal, where they can dock their boat. I know that if you could be here to help him, you would have not only stayed for two weeks, but would have stayed until everything was finished! I know that you are guiding him through this process. Now can you quit spending your time over there…..I need you here to guide me with Ashley, Ryan, Brianna (Ryan’s wife!!), Rick and of course, Spooner! Just kidding…..things are great in Colorado! Ryan and Brianna were married on May 28th, Ashley is finishing her camp at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (she is no longer our “Hippy Princess”, but our “Hippy Granola”). Ryan was just promoted as Front Office Manager, and Ashley will be continuing her college studies at CSU. Spooner is doing great, and is still getting her daily walks. Rick continues to take on more hotels, and assume more responsibility, but loves every minute of it! As mentioned earlier, I am here with Dale and Michele, and battling “Hurricane Dennis” (not really…..just an excuse for me to stay with them just a bit longer!) Oh by the way, I know that you were watching us and taking care of us yesterday, as we were boating in the middle of the storm. I wanted to get some sun….but instead we were pelted by the rain, laughing hysterically and thought that we were the subjects of a new novel to be written by Stephen King. That’s it for now….love and miss you, “Your Princess”, Laurie


Date:
July 27, 2005

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Hey Dad, Happy 75th Birthday. I wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and wish that you were here so that we could take you to your favorite Japanese restaurant. Michele and I found a good one down here that you would have liked. We had a nice visit with Laurie a couple of weeks ago and I will be seeing Dawn in the next couple of days. Mom is doing well and is enjoying the cooler weather in North Carolina. We all miss you terribly and wish that you were still here with us but we have to settle for the great memories that you gave to us and the hope that you are watching over us, helping and guiding us in our daily lives. You will live in our hearts forever. Happy Birthday Dad I love you. Dale


Date:
July 27, 2005

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Dear Dad, Happy Birthday. What can I say that you dont already know,, I love you and miss you terribly. I still have a hard time with you not being here for me in the flesh. I know you will always be with me in spirit, but I just wish you were here so I could see you, smell you and get hugs from you. I miss my best friend, and your support and guidance with some of my issues in life. You always, always had great advice for me and a ear for me to talk to. Things have been very busy here for me, Betty has been here for a month, she was sick but is now doing better and can now go back home . Gary is taking her home today, I quit smoking 1 month ago and it has been a struggle on some days so I try to keep myself very busy which intern causes more physical pain . I just keep doing the best I can from day to day with all my little issues and know that I will be stronger on the other end . Bandit has been doing great, she has had some days that she has not felt very good and I do worry about her so, she is my little angle just as she was yours but rest assured that I am doing everything possible to keep her healthy so she stays with me a long, long time. Dad I hope you are doing great and eating all the Japanese food you want and always know that even though I miss you more than words can express, that I am doing ok and that I strive each and every day to be as happy as I know how to be. I love you and Happy Birthday. xxxxoooo


Date:
July 28, 2005

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Hi Dad, Happy belated birthday, from your always "late" daughter! I know that you are doing well. I hope that you had a great "75th Birthday Party"! Its been so hot here in Denver, you would think that we were living in Florida! I was just looking through pictures of you, where I think you must have been in Colorado visiting, and it snowed. You were cleaning off your car, with your "thumbs down"! Well, its been on the cool side in the low 90's, and we have broken many records for several days, being at least 100 degrees and up to 106 degrees for a couple of days. Ashley says that it is the new "global warming" and that we can expect the next several summers to be the same! Dad, I miss you and know that you continue to watch over us! Mom sent us (the three kids) a beautiful card, as she does when there is a special occasion remembering and honoring you, so I want you to know that you are always and will continue to be such a special part of all of our lives. I know that you are watching over us, protecting us and will drop little hints, as we continue to live this sometimes crazy life here on earth. Let me know your presence.....Love Always, Laurie


Date:
November 24, 2005

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Hey Dad, Just thought that I would say Happy Thankgiving and let you know that I am thinking of you. I know that I only seem to write to you on holidays or special occasions but I want you to know that I do think of you all of the time. For me it's not been the same during these times without you here and I know that it's the same for everyone else in the family. We try to keep up with some of the traditions but it is getting harder to do that now that we have moved. We are planning on going to Dawn's for Christmas and wish that you could be there. I hope that you had your fill of turkey today, if not I guarantee you that I ate enough for the both of us. I miss you and love you very much. Dale


Date:
December 19, 2005

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Your father looks as though he would be a great person to know and call friend. I understand what you are going through as we just lost our grandson on December 9, 2005. He too was a loving and caring person we will all miss and are still gripping with his loss. David would have been 25 next March. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm his grandma, Mary Chamblee and the little boy in the memorials is his little brother, Glenn Moncrief,Jr. Now, our daughter has only their sister left. My email address is sugarbear4@verizon.net. God Bless all of you and yours. Hug and tell each other you love one another because only God knows when it will be the last time.


Date:
December 26, 2005

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Hi Dad, well the holidays are over all except new years eve which I don't go out and risk the drunk drivers. We all had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas and we all missed you terribly. It's getting harder and harder for me to travel and mom and Derrell and Dale and Michele were all kind enough to travel all the way to my house for Christmas. We had the traditional Christmas dinner and I made your corn pudding and you would be so proud of me as it turned out perfectly. Things are going pretty good as I finally got my Disability. I remember the first day we went together to Lake City to apply and it took us three hours to do all the paper work. I remember how tired you were that day and you never let on just how bad you felt. It's times like that that I miss you most, you were always my rock in life from the day I was born you were always there for me. I sure could use you here now. I miss you terribly and again words could never express just how much. Nichole is doing pretty good, she got a new job. She is actually working for the surgeon who did my cervical surgery. Isn't that a hoot Well the new year is less than a week away and then February will be here and it will be 2 years already since you left to be with God. I just can't believe it. It seems like yesterday we were going out to eat and going shopping. Your house is in pretty good shape, Thanks to me. Nichole is and always will be lazy when it comes to being clean. You said that you would come and haunt her if she didn't keep it clean and I sure wish you would. I have tried everything and nothing seems to work. If you have any ideas send them my way. Bandit is doing great. She is so spoiled as you know and is now fussing for her dinner so I better go and feed our baby. All my love to you daddy. Your loving shadow Dawn


Date:
February 06, 2006

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Hi Grandpa, I miss you so much! It is still difficult to this very day to realize you're not with us anymore. I am sure you would have had a wonderful birthday. Love always, Ashley


Date:
February 07, 2006

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A special day for all of us as we remember the joy and smiles you provided us all! Love Rick


Date:
February 07, 2006

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Dad, Well I can't believe that it has been two years since you left us. I think of you everyday and miss the good times that we shared. It's hard for me to express how much you mean to me (I'm sure you know though) and how your passing has left a void in all of our lives. I love you very much. Dale


Date:
February 07, 2006

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Dear Dad, It is now exactly two years since you have gone to be with God. I think of all the times we were able to share since you were first diagnosed with your illness. Some people don't get the opportunity to have all the quality time that we were given to laugh, hug, play scrabble, go out to eat, and just have our special time together. I have to say it was a gift from God for me to be there with you and take care of you and make you feel as comfortable as possible. You have been the best father anyone could ever ask for, also my very best friend and also the best neighbor in the entire world. I know you are in great hands and suffer no more, but I miss you so much and wish you were still here with me. I miss your voice, your kind words and support whenever I needed help. Please know that my love for you only grows stronger with every day that passes and that I think of you daily. I just can't believe that it has been two years. Bandit is doing great!!!!she has lost a few more ounces and looks great, she is extremely spoiled and demanding at times, Gee i wonder how she ever got to be that way? All my love to you, Your loving shadow Dawn


Date:
February 07, 2006

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Hi Richard, February of 2006 has come so quickly already!!! The family is doing great in Colorado. Ryan and I were able to have a wonderful dinner the other night with Rick and Laurie. We love the calendar of all the animals that our in our lives and hearts. There is a great one with you and the smallest dog in the world. You know him very well. We have a new addition to our family, now you have another furry grandson, Dang!!! He is a joy to have. We picked him up from the Humane Society, he was brought to Colorado as part of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Things are well here, Colorado is as beautiful and sunny as ever. Thanks!!! =0) =0) =0) Even though it has been 2 years today since your passing, we still think about you and hold you close in our hearts. We miss and love you. Love, Brianna


Date:
February 07, 2006

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Dear Nylander Family and Friends, We remember this day two years ago when our dear friend Laurie lost her father. May she and her family remember the good times with him and what a treasure he was to all. We only knew him for a short time and enjoyed his stories and enthusiasm for life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dick's family. God Bless, Chris, Liz, Ali, Ben and Josh Lucero


Date:
February 07, 2006

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Wow, I cannot believe it has been two years since you left us. It is still just as hard now to express how much you are missed. I think about you often, and I know you are keeping a close eye on all of us. You will always remain in our hearts. I love and miss you- Ryan


Date:
February 07, 2006

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Hi Dad, It has been way too long since I have written to you....sorry! I still cannot believe that you left us two years ago, however, do remember the couple of days we had together, vividly. I hope you are doing well. As you may know by now, Aunt Margaret passed away last Friday, so you should be catching up with her soon. I know that she was one of your favorite Aunt's, so I am certain that she will be connecting with you any minute now, so look out for her. Our family is doing well.....Ryan is working so hard that he is now considered a "true hotelier", and for those of us that knows what that means, do certainly understand the hours, commitment, etc. that is required of his "Operations" responsibilities. On the other hand, Ashley is studying very hard and has totally changed her lifestyle. She is committed to graduating from the Colorado State University in the fall of 2007. Unfortunately, when changing colleges, some of her credits were not transferable, so she now has to take some of her same classes over to receive credits at CSU! That's what happens when you transfer from a 5,000 student campus to a 25,000 student campus. Credits and expectations are much greater. However, she is committed to going to summer school. She then wants to go on to graduate school to get her masters degree in Botany. Can you believe that I have two children who are so totally different with their career goals? Spooner is doing well, too, but is getting old! She continues her daily walks with the neighbors behind us, but I know that she is slowing down. So, I believe that I have caught you up with our family. Again, I read your "Guest Book" on a daily basis, and still cannot believe that two years have passed without your presence. So many people love and have so much respect for you, that we will continue your legacy, and you will be remembered forever! You are the BEST dad anyone could have wished for, and as we continue in our world, we hope that you can give us a sign or a presence to let us know that you are still with us and watching over us. With all of that said, "Happy Birthday", (Ashley's celebration of your two year's in heaven). She is our child of "celebration", and that is what we are planning to do to acknowledge you for Father's Day, your birthday, and any other reason to celebrate the best Dad & Grandfather that any family could wish for! With love and always thinking of you, "your Princess Daughter", Laurie


Date:
February 08, 2006

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Although the time we spent with Richard were brief, we will always remember the wonderful trips we shared with him and his family during trips to Colorado. He always had a smile on his face every time we saw him. This website is very touching and is a wonderful memorial of his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Nylander family. Richard, you will be missed. With all our love, Niki, Chuck, Anthony and Christina Thompson and Chuck and Wanda Thompson.


Date:
June 17, 2006

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Hi ya Pop. It is the day before Fathers Day and I wanted to call you and tell you a few things. Things have been kinda tough around here lately, with Gary having a severe kidney stone that took three trips to the hospital and three operations to finally get him well again. He went through some severe pain but is doing great now, and Nichole having also to be hospitalized for 1 week with a very severe infection that needed IV antibiotics for 1 week. She has never been in the hospital and of course wanted me there the whole time. She also had to have surgery and had a bad reaction coming out of anesthesia at which time the nurse came to get me to be with her as she was coming out of it. All and all it has been a very stressful 3 months for me. But the great news is that everybody is doing great now... I have now also been put on a different kind of pain meds that appears to be working better so I can now start to have better quality to my life.. Bandit is doing great and again is more spoiled than yesterday. i don't know why, but she gets more verbal and more protective with each passing day. If she thinks someone is here, she starts her protective barking. She has like 5 different barks now. She is stating to lose her eyesight now so maybe that is why all the changes in her... Mom and Derrell are on their way to North Carolina and are stopping by tomorrow and we will be celebrating Fathers Day and My birthday by going to eat at Yamato's, your favorite. I will be thinking of you as we celebrate the best day of the year {Father's Day}. You are by far the best Dad in the world and I miss you soooooooooooo terribly. If only I could hug you and smell you, That would be the best Birthday present ever. I think of you every day. I sometimes go to your house and sit in your recliner and actually feel closer to you there. I walk through the hose and remember what you were dong standing here or there. Or i just recall all the good times we have shared . Nichole has moved out now and when I go to your house it is just you and me there and I long to feel you. Well Happy Father's day Dad, I love you more than words can be expressed, But you already know that..... Your loving shadow, Dawn


Date:
June 20, 2006

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now that is nice the way you did this for him. it shows how much you loved him.i all so had a big loss in 2005 lost my uncle to cancer his name was ralph evan nylander .i dont think we are related but we could be thanks again evan nylander


Date:
July 27, 2006

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Hey Dad, Well today would have been your 76th birthday and I wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you today. I can only think of the fun that we would have had today and I'm sure that we would have been together as we would have gone to your favorite Japanese restaurant. We are doing well, as I'm sure that you know, and we think of you often. We know that you would have enjoyed coming down here to go fishing, especially now that we have bought a bigger boat. I know that I don't write to you as often as I should and I know that I missed writing to you on Father's Day but rest assured that I always think of you and miss you dearly. I hope that you are having a good birthday with the angels and I wish that I could give you your birthday hug but this will have to do. Happy Birthday Dad, I love you! Dale


Date:
July 27, 2006

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Hiya Pop, Happy Birthday to you. I am here thinking of you and this day that you were born 76 years ago and what a wonderful day that was. One of the finest people on this earth was born and it just happens to be my Daddy. I know that we all would have tried our best to be together and have your favorite meal at Yamato's and we all would have eaten way too much food and shared good times. It is very hard on these special days that we share them with you in spirit instead of in person but I am sure you know that everyone is thinking of you and sending their love to you. I know how much you loved Betty's cake and wish I could send one up to you. I know you look on us all and know how much we miss you and love you. Bandit is doing great, she is however more spoiled than ever. You would be so surprised to see how demanding she is now. It is so hard to believe how loud her bark is coming from such a little thing as her, but her barks are ear piercing. At night she lets me know when it is time to go to bed, she sits on the floor and just stares at me as if saying "what's taking you so long, its bedtime" Well dad we are all doing fine and miss you so much. God be with you always. Love your shadow, Dawn


Date:
August 26, 2006

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Hi Dad, I hope you are doing well. I'm sorry that I have not stayed in touch.....no excuses! It's hard to believe that yet another year is quickly approaching us. Our summer has had some fun and challenging moments, as Ashley turned 21 years in July and we took what we thought "would be a trip of a lifetime". And, indeed it was! The original plan was to take a Mediterranean cruise and then go to Poland for a wedding. Well, we made the cruise, but barely, due to terrorist activities in London. We were able to work through that crisis, by taking a train to Paris and then a plane from Paris to Barcelona. The cruise line is Italian and the food and service is not at all what I have experienced on U.S. ships. We docked the ship on Friday and planned on spending a few hours in Barcelona prior to flying to Poland, but Ashley became very sick and we ended up spending the day in the emergency room in Barcelona. We then decided that we wanted to come home to the U.S. and have Ashley thoroughly checked out by U.S. doctors. I cannot tell you how grateful I am that I live in America! We are blessed to have our culture, freedom, safety and wealth as compared to other countries. Ashley's tests came back normal.......THANK GOODNESS! She has returned to school and has a very tough schedule this semester. Please watch over her and protect her for me. Ryan and Brianna are doing well, and I think that Ryan will be changing jobs soon and moving up to the mountains to run a Front Office for a large casino. Rick, of course, is very busy overseeing many hotel port folios and traveling quite a bit. However, I am not certain if his travel may slow down until we can get these terrorists caught and under control. (Wishful thinking......I am afraid!) Spooner is getting older and more tired and sleeps most of the day. She then wants to go outside at night, and it is just like having babies all over again with her night time activities!! My fault......I tend to spoil my children and my animals! Everything else appears to be somewhat normal, but I now begin to ask myself "What does that mean........to be normal"? Well, Dad, I miss you and think about you often. I know that I am behind in sending my thoughts and wishes to you on Father's Day and your birthday, but please know that I truly do think of you often. I will ask you to watch over and protect Ashley as we find out if her health is going to be o.k., and also ask you to spread your kind and generous karma towards some sort of world peace! Until this recent trip, I didn't realize that Americans are so disliked by so many other countries. As we were flying back from Spain and landed in the Atlanta airport, there was a large sign that says "Welcome to the United States", and I almost started crying. I now have a different appreciation for those special words and the world in which our family lives in. Take Care, Dad! I miss you lots! Love, Laurie


Date:
December 02, 2006

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Date:
December 06, 2006

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I am so sorry for your loss. When I am grieving over the loss of a loved one , I remind myself of these two scriptures. The first one is found at John 5:28. there, we are promised that we will have our loved ones back with us, the same way they were but without the illness that took them away from us. The next scripture is found at Revelation 21:4. There, it basically says that every situation that causes us grief will be done away with completely! Would not that be great to NEVER have to worry about loosing a loved one again? Please read those scriptures and you will see what comfort it brings. Pray to Jehovah God for the answers and He will give them to you. Take care!


Date:
January 12, 2007

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Hi Dad, It's been way too long since I have written to you however I talk to you all the time. The holiday's were great. I had Mom and Darrell over for a combination Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner and it turned out great. I made your famous corn pudding and everybody loved it. As you already know I'm sure, I have rented your house out to a wonderful person who is my age and she is just wonderful... She has made your place look like a little country cottage and is beautiful. She also joined us for dinner. I then went to Colorado to be with Laurie and Rick for Christmas and to help Laurie with her surgery . It was very cold and there was a lot of snow on the ground. I did my best to help Laurie but found myself to have severe health issues as well. I am back in Florida now and feeling some better but I have been missing you very, very much. The holidays are never the same without you........ With February approaching soon I find myself not believing that three years has gone by since you left. I miss you Dad, I just miss you so much. I just wanted you to know that I have been thinking of you, but of course you know that. I love you and will write soon. Your loving shadow, Dawn


Date:
February 04, 2007

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Hey Dad, Well, it's Super Bowl Sunday and I will never forget having you spend the Super Bowl with us just weeks before you passed away. It's a moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life as I know that you were not a huge football fan but wanted to watch the game with me because you knew that it meant so much to me. Right up to the end you were always thinking of others above yourself, which was your true nature. I will be thinking of you tonight as the Bears are challenging the Colts and I know that you are going to will the Bears to victory. Dad, I miss you a lot and I think of you everyday. Love Dale


Date:
February 07, 2007

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Hi Dad, I am thinking of you today as I do every day and want you to know that instead of spending the whole day crying and being sad and depressed, I was able to think of you and remember all the wonderful times we have had together and cherish those times. I know you would want me to be happy , so for you I spent the day thinking of good things. I love you so much. love always, your shadow, Dawn


Date:
May 08, 2007

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Hi Dad, I am sorry that I haven't written to you before now.....no excuses!! As you know, I am turning the big "50" years old in a few weeks, and the celebration will not be the same without you! PLEASE send me a sign or message to let me know that you are there with me in spirit. Rick is throwing me a big party, and then we are taking the family on a vacation to Hawaii to continue the celebration! To be honest, I never thought that I would be any older than 39 years because that is what Nanny always claimed to be......39 years old! I have always lived with that same belief, so in my world, I am only turning 39......HA!! HA!!! All is well with the family. Ryan just accepted a job as the "Front Office Director" at a boutique hotel in Boulder. I am truly looking forward to benefiting from the many spa services available at his property. Ashley is still forging onward in achieving her degree in Botany. (She wants nothing to do with the Hospitality Industry.....can't say that I do not blame her!) Rick continues to take on more responsibilities with his career and is spending this entire week learning how to speak Spanish, as he now oversees and is responsible for properties in Mexico! He is driving me crazy as he speaks to me in Spanish and I have no clue as to what he is saying!!! Spooner is still our very "spoiled" dog - my fault!! She is 11 years old in dog years, and gets me up at least 2-3 times in the middle of the night......just to be let out and then get a treat when I let her in! Aghhhh! I wish you were here to bake the cakes that you used to bake on the nights that you were responsible for my "kid duty"! Thanks again for all that you did to help me during a very difficult transitional time for me. If I could only learn how to bake cakes, eat them, and not put on the pounds!! I hope to be speak with you soon. Be ready to hear from me over the next couple of weeks.....O.K.??? Love and miss you so much! Your Princess, "ME"


Date:
June 06, 2007

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Hi Dad, I have been thinking of you so much lately. I miss you so much, but you already know that. Not much new going on here at the home front, just the same as always. Bandit is doing great, I try real hard not to over feed her the cookies she loves so much, I now break them in quarters because she demands them so often. I miss all our lunches together and all the trips to Lake City or Gainesville and all our projects we used to do. So much was lost to me when you left and some days I just think of you all day long. Dale is looking more like you the older he gets it is eerie. But it is also great to have a brother that resembles you the way he does, I told him to take care of himself the other day so he can live a long, long time because he is the last Nylander left and he truly is a great guy. You would be very proud of him. Well I just wanted to say hi as it has been awhile and to say I love you. Dawn


Date:
June 17, 2007

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Happy Fathers Day Dad. I wish you were here today so we could go to your favorite Japanese restaurant and eat till we pop. I am actually at Mom's house helping to take care of her after she had surgery on her her hip. She had it pretty rough for a few days but is improving with each passing day and will be here untill June 23. I want to tell you that I could not have asked for a better father than you Dad, you have always been there for me when ever I needed you, you always had just the right words to say or the hug I always needed. You always tought me right from wrong and to be good to others. You, my father were the best influence in my life and were and always will be my very best friend. I love you now and forever. I can honestly say that I am one of the luckiest persons in the world to have been blessed to have had the best parents in the world , thank you for your part. Love always Dawn


Date:
July 27, 2007

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Happy 77th Birthday Dad. I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you today, your special day. I hope that you have finally settled in in heaven and that you have made some friends who are showing you a good time for your birthday. Michele and I often think of you when we are out fishing and we really did about a month ago when we hooked about a 7 foot lemon shark that ended up snapping one of your poles in half. I told her that you would have been thrilled to have caught something like that and actually would have been proud that it took a fish that big to break one of your poles.  Love Dale


Date:
   
     August 19, 2007

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Hi Dad,

Happy belated Birthday, I am sorry that I missed your very special day. It was a very difficult day for me. I have been dreaming of you a lot lately. I dreamt that you came back home and I had to get your house ready for you to move back into it, what a special day that was, I could hardly contain myself. Another dream I was invited up to heaven to see you and I was grateful because it was so peaceful there. All and all I miss you so much and I think of you daily. I do wish I could see you or hear you or smell you or hug you or sit on our back porch and just talk like we use to, I miss that so much. You were such a huge part of my life that sometimes I feel a big chunk of myself gone when you left, now I am doing much better now and am eating better but still have many sad days of missing you. It's just called love, Just like I miss Dale because he moved away, and I miss Laurie because she lives in Colorado and I miss Mom because she lives everywhere else and last but not least I miss Nichole because she doesn't have time for her mother any more. Thank God I have Gary and at least a telephone ha ha.

Dad I love you with all my heart and just wanted you to know.

Love Dawn


Date:
   
     December 31, 2007

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Hi Dad, hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas, we all had a great time here with the family get together and good food. However; for the last three months or so Bandit has not been doing so good, her heart has gotten bigger and is giving her more troubles and now her liver is enlarged and is having troubles even walking. Well we took her to the vet and got some meds for her and we gave her some new food and she perked up and we had the best Christmas day ever, she was barking like usual and playing and just being her old self, Well that lasted about a week and a half and she just stopped eating again and her heart was giving out and on 12/31/07 as you already know and have welcomed Bandit into your waiting loving arms, she passed away peacefully in my arms. Such a severely sad day for me and Gary, and yet a good day for you and Bandit. She is no longer in any pain now, just like you, I took real good care of her Dad I've loved her just as my own child. And now you get her back. I miss and love you both forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love always Dawn

 


Date:
   
     February 07, 2008

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Hi Dad, Well today is Feb 7th 2008, and I cannot believe it has been 4 years since you have gone to see God. I have been thinking of you and Bandit together up there in paradise and wishing I could visit for the day. You know like family day, Ha Ha. Things down here are going pretty good, I have gone thru another round of physical therapy and have started exercising again. I have to start slowly though as my muscles are not as strong as they once were. Gary is doing good, he is always outside doing yard work and such, he just finished rebuilding your back porch as it had rotted away and also the pump house needed work as well. Unfortunately wood doesn't last forever. Alba is doing good, Starr is getting old, she has arthritis pretty bad and Ayla and Lucky are doing pretty good as well, so that is my immediate family here at the ranch which leaves me to Nichole. She is working at a Kangaroo Gas station and she seems to like it a lot. She works her 40 to 45 hours on the third shift and is getting her bills paid. She seems to be maturing and is actually starting to become more responsible. Unfortunately I don't get to see her as often as I would like, she also has a boyfriend named Raymond that she lives with, he's an ok boy, could be worse, could be BETTER not for me to choose. Well dad I love you and miss you but you already know that. Hugs and Kisses to you and Bandit. Your loving daughter Dawn