Rick was 53 years old, and retired from the U.S. Army as a platoon sergeant for Corps maintenance after 23 years of service.
Rick was employed by the City of Portland in the Bureau of Development Services, and was well-loved by his colleagues. I am the Interim Director of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS), which can be confirmed on the BDS homepage: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/
This GoFundMe account was originally set up by me to give Rick's co-workers a place to be able to contribute to Rick's kids' college education. I was happy to see other people are also contributing. Every bit helps.
Rick is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter, ages 19, 17, 15, and 12. He frequently spoke of his family to his friends at work, and was so proud of his children. He clearly had a close relationship and special rapport with each of his children, and his family gave him so much happiness.
With the loss of their father, it is important that we, his friends, colleagues, and the broader community who are touched by his sacrifice, step in to assist the family in financially supporting the children's college education.
This fund will be used to help pay for college tuition and expenses for Rick's four children.
The funds will go to his wife, to be distributed equally to their four children.