Christian Ricks
In Memory of
Christian T. Ricks
1948 - 2014
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Freeman Mortuary
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Glenda Taylor
"Our hearts are always broken when one of our Trooper family is taken. Please kn"
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Bob, Barb, Brian and Jeff Morgan
"Chris will be sorely missed by us and his many other. Friends"
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Rev John and Pat Rowe Kerr
"We will miss you so much, Chris. Your kindness, smile, good heart and love for "
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Linda and John Maledy
"Chris was a wonderful Christian man - full of life that brought a smile to anyon"
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Jan Cavender
"Bonnie, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Ch"
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Kat. Barden
"Let light perpetual shine upon him"
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Carla Nichols
"My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this difficult time"
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Dear Kathryn, Carol, Allen, Bonnie, Andi and Scott, How shocking it was to learn of your loss. There is no way to understand the sorrow you must feel now. As everyone has said, Chris was one of a kind. His love for God, family, work, friends and those less fortunate touched everyone who knew him. He welcomed me to Elsberry as an 11-year-old and kept me attending the United Methodist Church. He let me drive his purple VW bug when I was 13, and I couldn't get the darn thing into reverse (sorry, Kathryn!) I never drove illegally again. When trouble in Ferguson began 11 days ago, and the Highway Patrol was brought in to help calm the city, the first person I thought of was Chris. He had a gift for soothing others, and I hope the people he taught carried his example with them. We will miss him terribly.
"Dear Kathryn, Carol, Allen, Bonnie, Andi and Scott, How shocking it was to lear"
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Leslie Henderson Jones
"Bonnie, lifting your family in prayer during this difficult time."
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Floyd & Yvetta Gudde
"LOVE!!!"
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Robin Parks Franz
"Thanks be go God for sharing with the world such a wonderful person."
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Norma (Schmidt)Pope
"Our deepest sympathy to Bonnie and all the family in your loss. Our thoughts an"
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Judy Baldwin Masters
"So sorry for your loss. Chris will be missed by all."
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Bonnie Hammack Wilson Burlington, Iowa
"My love to Kathryn and Carol."
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Susan Shaffer
"Loved by all the Special Olympics Missouri Athletes "
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Barb Bruemmer
"My condolences to all of Chris's family. You are in my thoughts & prayers."
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Maggie & Tony Freitas & family
"We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you all."
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Marian & Russ Johnson
"I know there's a party going on in Heaven with Chris and Doug in charge! Russ a"
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Joan M. Breeding
"Rest in Peace my friend I will always remember your kindness and smile."
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Pat proctor
"Sadly missed- a great Christian man with an awesome sense of humor"
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Tracy Rackers
"I'm very sorry to hear of Captain Ricks passing. I had the pleasure of working "
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Sara Pines
"My deepest sympathies, Bonnie. Chris was a wonderful, Christian man and I am bl"
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Bob and Pat Pratt
"Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family at the loss of this exceptional young m"
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Penny Evans Bowers
"My thoughts &prayers are with you. I shall truly miss him. He was like one of "
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Gary and Beth
"Bonnie Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family! "
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Geoff and Elaine Posegate
"Thanking God for the great gift that Chris was and is!"
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Drew and Cyndi Hake
"A real example of a man with a servants heart. He touched many lives and further"
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Mike and Diana Pace
"We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Chris. We have such fond memori"
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Carolyn and Bob Frick
"So many memories of a very special person!"
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Bill Moulder Camden County Sheriff's
"A good man who gave of himself to his fellow man. "
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Karen Dawson
"DeColores. "
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Ron & Marge Hopwood
"Our prayers go out to the family of Chris Ricks. May God bless each and everyon"
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Jeff and Debbie Green
"Chris was a great man who impacted many of our lives. We are grateful for the t"
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The Greiner Family
"Our hearts and minds with all of you during this difficult time. "
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Rev. Cathy G. Myers, Pastor, Cameron UMC
"Thanks be to God for such a faithful servant in God's Church."
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Cheryl Bardwell
"Rest in Peace"
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Tim and Sherry Ripperger
"Our prayers and thoughts are with Bonnie, Dorothy and the entire family. Chris "
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Roger and Tammy Durbin
"Praying for this awesome family!"
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John and Gayle Burnaugh
"we miss your love and joy that given so freely to others even with few miles we "
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Jim and Talley Saucier
"Bonnie, you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and the family."
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Lonnie Schneider
"Even though I paths did not cross that frequently Chris and shared a passion for"
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Glenna Zerrer
"So sorry for your loss."
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Debbie Geib
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as we all mourn the loss of a wonde"
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Matthew Riley
"To a man who never gave up on me and loved me like Christ asks us to love. Thank"
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Keith Mueller
"Matthew 25:21"
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amanda riley
"Chris touched so many people's lives. He was full of love and always gave the be"
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Ann Weaver Perry
"With loving memories of Chris. And he will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear y"
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Marie Faircloth Freeman
"Chris was a wonderful person who could make you laugh and cry all within a matte"
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Linda (Sullivan) Shafer
"You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May the Lord hold and"
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Tips on Writing a Message of Condolence

You may not know exactly what you want to say in your Book of Memories™ condolence message. In fact, this may be the first time you've ever been faced with sharing your feelings or offering comforting words to someone who is grieving a loss. Whether it's the first time, or the fifth, we're here to offer some assistance. We've compiled some tips, and brought together a list of expressive words you can use in your condolences.

Tip #1: Be sincere. It's important to mean what you say, on the deepest emotional level. Yes, we know, "saying what you mean" can be harder - that's why we're here.

Tip #2: Keep it simple. You don't need to say much more than "I'm sorry for you loss," yet it's always wonderful to share a personal memory of their loved one, if you have one.

Tip #3: Don't tell them you know how they feel. Because you can't really know; even if you've endured the loss of a loved one in the past - your grief was yours, and this is theirs.

Tip #4: Share how you felt when you heard the news. Perhaps you were shocked, disbelieving, or deeply saddened. Let them know how the passing affected you personally.

Tip #5: Share Remind them that you will always hold the memory of their loved one close to you. It will be a comfort to them to know that their loved one will be remembered.

A Short List of Appropriate Phrases:

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending you love.
  • With heartfelt condolences.
  • Wishing you comfort at this sorrowful time.
  • Sharing in your sorrow, thinking of you and wishing I could be there
  • to hold your hand.
  • May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead.
  • Hold tight to memories for comfort.
  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
  • As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
  • Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
  • You are in our prayers.
  • May your memories give you strength.
  • Remember that we love and care about you.
  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

After writing and posting a message of condolence to the family, you may also wish to make a memorial donation as a tribute to their loved one, or send flowers to the family home or memorial service. However you choose to express your concern and pay tribute, please know this: it will be deeply appreciated.