Posted by Barbara, Rick’s wife:
It was so difficult to read Rick’s last two posts at the time he wrote them. And it is even harder now to post this update, but he would have wanted me to.
All of your encouraging comments to his posts lifted his spirits but his situation did not improve. Without writing his medical journey, things went the wrong way in late June, and he was airlifted from our local hospital to one in Bend, Or and was in the ICU for almost a week. He passed away on June 30th, early in the morning. He had been transferred to their Hospice unit and passed peacefully and in no pain.
There will not be a memorial service or anything formal like that (Rick & I had our plans in place on all of this “stuff”). I am keeping all of his blog links; Rick would always point me to some of your posts, expanding my reading tastes. And it worked. You folks will continue to be my virtual friends and go-to team for new books/authors.
I will keep his blog site open for awhile but do not expect to post reviews, etc. I am not a writer, as you can see. I was so lucky to have been able to share 16+ years of my life with Rick. What a wonderful Bear he was, and will still be, in my heart!