In Memory of Erick Riedell

Erick Riedell beat the odds — and all the predictions — waging a ten-year battle with cancer.  But that fight came to an end on Friday, August 24, day shy of his 47th birthday.

The outpouring of love and memories during that battle, and since his passing, has been overwhelming.  He never could go anywhere in town without running into a friendly face.  And the many testimonials of warmth and friendship his family has received prove everyone knew him to be a wonderful, giving friend and a bright light.  He was a true warrior.  His mission in life was to always look on the bright side of each day, no matter what life gives you.  Throughout his cancer journey, he always chose to take the high road and keep positive.  Even when his cancer was found to be terminal this past spring.  He continued to be Erick, the fun, happy husband, father, son, friend that he has always been.  Even when he felt so sick, he still tried to be there for all of us.  He stayed so strong right up to the last few days when his body could simply no longer fight the battle.  He felt very strongly about talking with fellow cancer warriors and sharing his outlook on strength and positivity so as to hopefully help others to live life to the fullest.  Each day is a gift and he held that close to him.  He didn't waste time with the negative, he tried to stay positive in everything as often as he could, even when it came to his cancer.  This is the one personality trait that made him so likable, so magnetic, and the one most of us took a little bit of whenever we talked to him. 

But, even though Erick's fight is over, he still leaves behind his family:  his wife Lisa and their two young sons, Quinn and Khoen.  Erick was their primary provider.  And they will need your love, prayers and contributions as they struggle with their loss and try to find the strength to move on without Erick.  This is an extremely painful time emotionally for them as her husband and their father is no longer here.  It is also a time of financial need as Lisa prepares to begin supporting herself and their two sons on her own.  

Nobody was more upbeat, friendly or generous than Erick.  He was a wonderful husband, dad, a great friend and a good man who would have literally given you the shirt off his back.

He did so much for so many, friends and strangers alike, during his life.  It's time to return the favor and pay it forward in his memory.  Any support you can provide to his wife and sons and to his family is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much!



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Erick Riedell 
Wichita, KS
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