In 1992 I moved from Houston, TX to Powell, WY and became a single woman shortly after moving there. This family of Rich, Jane, and their children Jonathan and Elizabeth became my family. They took me under their wing and we became very close friends.
Rich was a family man–family meant the world to him and I was considered family. He and Jonathan came to mow my huge lawn when Rich discovered I was mowing with a small push mower/bagger–it took me hours to mow the grass with that silly little suburban mower.
Rich and Jane with their pride and joy–grand babies Tegan and Anders.
One day I looked out an upstairs window of my house in Powell and saw this fluffy pink stuff all over the lawn–flickers had decided to peck holes in my siding and remove the insulation. Rich and Jonathan came to my rescue again bringing ladders and lightweight metal to cover the holes.
Jane and Rich helped me bury what seemed like miles of wire for an underground electric fence for my unruly Airedales.
Rich taught me how to refinish furniture–I still use the dining table I refinished with his instructions. Rich worked in the lab of the hospital in Powell where I was the Director of Nursing. At work one day he noticed all the band-aids on the ends of my fingers. I told Rich all the sanding had really made my fingertips raw. He had neglected to tell me he owned a drill with a small head which would have helped with that sanding! 🙂
One of my fondest memories of life in Powell was going Christmas tree hunting with Jane, Rich and the kids. We had so much fun that day!
After I married the Cowboy and moved away from Powell we would meet Jane and Rich for dinner in various places. Then it became our tradition to have Easter brunch in Red Lodge–this photo was taken at Rock Creek Resort and you can tell by our attire it was a chilly Easter Sunday!
Life has been unkind to this family with the loss of their son Jonathan in a car accident in 2002. Now Rich has lost his struggle with a nasty cancer. As our friend Geri so eloquently said, not enough life lived. Rest in peace Rich, you will be missed so much!