Dan James Richards
June 3, 2002 - May 30, 2019
Andrea Maahfuz
Darlene A Maslyn
Shawn M Felix
Linda Wise
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Creston, IA 50801
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Dan James Richards of Creston, formerly of Winterset, was born June 3, 2002 in Des Moines, Iowa. The youngest of 4 children born to Danny Joe Richards and Laura Jeanmarie (Miller) Dowda. Dan, “Little Dan,” chose to take is own life on May 30, 2019. He was sixteen years old, soon to be seventeen. Dan…

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Andrea Maahfuz left a message on June 13, 2019:
Although I do not know you personally, my heart goes out to you that you were hurt by such insignificant and ugly hearted people. I know now that you are surrounded by the exponential love of God. I pray for your family whose hearts will never be the same and the grief they will carry until their dying days when you will all be reunited again. My heart is broken for you all and I send my sincere condolences to you.
Deanne Steffens left a message on June 12, 2019:
I was Dan's 2nd grade teacher. He was smart, kind, & friendly. Dan was eager to please, loved to learn new things, & always willing to help. I will always remember his sweet smile. I am so sorry for your loss. May you feel God's comfort and peace all the days of your life. "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed." Sincerely, Deanne Steffens
DEBORAH SHUCK left a message on June 11, 2019:
Prayers to your family from Nebraska. I cannot imagine the loss that you are experiencing but I also know from reading your son's obituary that you have thousands of wonderful memories to give you comfort. Bullies choose to pick on people who are gentle and kind--people who choose love over violence--because they often won't fight back. Bullies are lacking these traits in themselves, so out of inadequacy and jealousy they feel the need to make others miserable--- I am so sorry that they chose your son.
Darlene A Maslyn left a message on June 11, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. Your son sounded amazing.
Shawn M Felix left a message on June 11, 2019:
So sorry for your lost. Words can't express the loss or heartbreak felt. Take comfort in God and friends during this time. I too had a daughter who was bullied in school, she didn't pass away, but I knew the pain she endured.. just know he's at peace, and the memories live on.. God bless your family, and my prayers are with you.
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Linda Wise left a message on June 10, 2019:
You are in my heart and prayers.
Allison Salmom left a message on June 10, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Allison Salmom lit a candle
Stephanie left a message on June 10, 2019:
Dan and Dan's family. I am so sorry. He and you deserved better. It was never him, it was the envy of small people unhappy with themselves who saw something good in him and were angry they couldn't be his goodness. Sending love to you, I'm another stranger who will be keeping you in my thoughts.
Patricia Sagehorn left a message on June 9, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through the most difficult journey of your life. May our loving God comfort you all.
Tam left a message on June 9, 2019:
I did not know this young man nor his family but I would like to send my deepest most sincere condolences.
Brooke left a message on June 9, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Brooke lit a candle
Elaine Behrens left a message on June 9, 2019:
My heart aches for you. May God bless Dan so he may find peace with our Lord in Heaven. God bless you, his family and friends, to help you through these difficult times. And please know there are many people who will go the extra distance in honor of your request, to make other’s lives brighter.
Kelly Moran left a message on June 9, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Kelly Moran lit a candle
Rhiannon Schroeder left a message on June 9, 2019:
I do not know your family but read your sons obituary and it touched a place in my heart. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Rhiannon Schroeder left a message on June 9, 2019:
I do not know your family but read your sons obituary and it touched a place in my heart. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Ashley left a message on June 9, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Ashley lit a candle
Shawn and Vicki johnson left a message on June 9, 2019:
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Valerie Fletcher left a message on June 9, 2019:
My son dealt with bullying his first years in grade school and it was heartbreaking. My heart, thoughts, and prayers goes out to all affected by this tragic loss. I admire your courage to write something so powerful.
Joanne Nelson left a message on June 9, 2019:
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Amanda Arends left a message on June 8, 2019:
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Roxann left a message on June 8, 2019:
My God bless you all. My prayers are with you all.
Dee Tiffany-Lane left a message on June 8, 2019:
Please take comfort in knowing that Our Heavenly Father needed your wonderful child to be near him. He has picked out a special place for him in Heaven. I send you my prayers and my love in the knowledge that your child is safe and happy. I know the absence seems unbearable but he is close to you always. God bless you all! Dee🙏
Tammy left a message on June 8, 2019:
God has another angel..hugs & prayers to the family..my heart is broken for victims that get bullied
Kristen B left a message on June 8, 2019:
Rest in Peace, young man. To the family: we stand with you, to help bring awareness to the unfortunate events that lead to tragedies like these. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers. Love, from TX.
Candace left a message on June 8, 2019:
Deepest condolences to your family. I did not know Dan at all, but still my heart breaks for him and your family. My brother-in-law chose to end his life in 2011, leaving behind my sister and my nephew and niece. God bless your family.
Stephanie Dobbins left a message on June 8, 2019:
RIP young man. My condolences to all who knew and loved him. I pray for peace to those who bullied him. They must be hurting terribly inside to want to cause hurt to someone else.
Shelby Brandt left a message on June 8, 2019:
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tennillua turner left a message on June 8, 2019:
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Vernie Streff left a message on June 8, 2019:
Please know that my prayers are with you and your family as you go through this healing process. God be with you and Dan.
Sharon in California left a message on June 8, 2019:
As a mother of a teen, my heart breaks for your loss. We must teach all of our children to be kind. 💕
Charmaine & Warren left a message on June 8, 2019:
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Kathy left a message on June 8, 2019:
As a parent of a child who suffered bullying all through middle and high school, my heart breaks for you. Sending prayers from Kodak, TN.
Roxanne Pleskac left a message on June 8, 2019:
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Cliff left a message on June 8, 2019:
May you find the love you seek in the afterlife. Rest forever in peace.
Ella Louise Grimes left a message on June 8, 2019:
Jesus weeps at the meanness that is taking over this world. I know what losing children from illness is like. I cant imagine your pain at losing your beautiful, loving son from hate. Kindness. It's a lost emotion it seem and yet our Savior Jesus preached on it. Again I am so very very sorry for the lose you must feel. In HIS love.... ella
Sarah left a message on June 7, 2019:
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TL left a message on June 7, 2019:
God bless him. Prayers and love to you all.
Donna Berwick left a message on June 7, 2019:
I lost my son in 1992 and it still hurts and he was a great person. I can't image the pain you feel . my son died in a car accident and they say he didn't feel a thing it was immediate. your son can be a gleamour in a long tunnel if one child is no longer bullied then your son did his job. i wish you love and prayers through your time of sorrow and grief.
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JeanJoned left a message on June 7, 2019:
So sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Bullying has become out of hand. It seems like it happens to the most loving and caring person. You would of been a great person to serve our country. Heaven has received a beautiful Angel. My daughter succumbed to suicide after being bullied by her supervisor at the hospital she worked at. She was a loving caring person that went above and beyond what was required of her. She did a lot of volunteer work getting the word out how important women’s health was. The doctors all loved her and would request her to assist them on their procedures that were being done. She left behind two small children, husband, Mom and a loving brother and sister. She was the kindest person and always helped people out. Your son was a great person. He had a bright future ahead of him and because of the bullied he is gone and you have lost your precious son. The parents of these bullies and the bullies need to be prosecuted for this horrible act. Put them in prison and they can see what it would be liked to go through the pain your son went through. You have my deepest condolence to your family and no matter how many condolences you receive will never make it better. Your family are in my prayers.✝️🙏💔
Darron Dowda left a message on June 7, 2019:
Through the love of Christ may we all be United as family for eternity.
Dawn Goodsell left a message on June 7, 2019:
My heart goes out to your family for loss. You are truly living in Gods grace by practicing forgiveness. God has a plan for your son of which is much bigger for this world. He is still performing greatness and watching over you.
Christine Clark left a message on June 7, 2019:
My condolences to the family and anyone that has been touched by this precious child of God. Rest In Peace,Dan❤️🙏
Quinn left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Lori Hale left a message on June 7, 2019:
I cant imagine what your going thru..its hard to know what to say- but if you need anything let me know! What ashame that the loss was a result from bullying...keep showing love and peace in the name of your son..its the right way to represent him💙 All my respect and prayers to you!
Tammy Lathrop left a message on June 7, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers to family and friends. My heart breaks to hear that he took his life. Unfortunately bullying has gone on for so many years and too many people taking their lives because of the bullying. Not only to young people but as Adults as well. May God wrap his loving arms to comfort you! God Bless! 🙏🙏🙏
Charlett Wojciechowski left a message on June 7, 2019:
Deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful son. These kinds of losses leave us more questions than answers. Bullying is a very real devastating behavior.. I believe in my heart that there can be more intervention in school. I hope his loving family will be able to find peace.
Karen left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. As a teen I list my older sister at 19, and my family hasn't fully recovered, 40 years later. Dan will always be with you, will continue to touch you for the rest of your life. He will be there for your joys and your sorrows. I hope that brings you some comfort in these early days.
Lanette Koecke left a message on June 7, 2019:
My heart is full of sadness about this! I do not know the family, nor did I know Dan. But please know, as a parent myself, it just breaks my heart!! Condolences to all...
Meg Crawford left a message on June 7, 2019:
Our most sincere sympathy to you,Laura and your entire family. Such tragic news about your beautiful son Dan. Words cannot fully express our thoughts but please know we are thinking of you and praying for God to comfort and strengthen you. Love, Meg and family
Holly left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so very sorry for your loss. I lost my nephew the same way. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your message will help people to understand what they say and do to others is not right. Just be KIND.
Dawn left a message on June 7, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Dawn lit a candle
Jill left a message on June 7, 2019:
There are no words that can express how sorry I am for your loss. You have chosen a wonderful way to honor his memory with your words and request for kindness.
Julie l Scott left a message on June 7, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers are with your family. We lost our 16 year old last year to suicide so will always be affected by bullies and loss of what our wonderful girl could have meant to the world. She was my grandchild. We all miss her so much.
Cassie💖 left a message on June 7, 2019:
Wishing you hope and peace during this difficult time.💖
Jean Boarman left a message on June 7, 2019:
Prayers from New York. RIP young man
Cheryl Stokley left a message on June 7, 2019:
I will lift my eyes to the hills my help cometh from the Lord. My heart is hurting for your lost. He is safe now in God's loving arms. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
MaryJo Jansen left a message on June 7, 2019:
I’m so sorry for your loss 😪 I’m 60years old and still am bullied 😪I’ve tried suicide many times throughout my life but when I saw the look of my children’s eyes this last time I’ll never try again 😪 I still struggle because of different events that happen to me and now I see a therapist 😪I struggle everyday but just let me tell you suicide is in the moment! He wasn’t in the now!!! Also he see’s your pain and believe me that he loves his family with his Whole Heart ❤️ He Loves his Family always has and always will ❤️❤️GOD Bless You Prayers Always 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😪🙏🏻
Kelly left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so very sorry for your loss. I am sending prayers to the whole family.
Debbie left a message on June 7, 2019:
You don't know me, but I am so sorry for your loss and express my condolences to the family. Sad to lose someone at such a young age, especially to bullying. Perhaps he could have made a difference in the world but now we will never know. May God hold Him and the family in the Palm of His Hands. AMEN!
Debbie M left a message on June 7, 2019:
Your story touched me very deeply. While I have four children, none of whom has taken their own life, all of my children were bullied at one time or another...as was I. Hopefully your words will reach out to a world desperately in need of kindness. ❤️ I’m so sorry for your loss.
Candi Johnson left a message on June 7, 2019:
In my thoughts and prayers
Kathy Mills left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers on his journey and may you find peace on yours.
Holland left a message on June 7, 2019:
May God bless your family.
Donna left a message on June 7, 2019:
I just read about you. I'm sorry you felt this was the only way. I'm sorry for the pain you endured. Your family is very brave. They are going to change things in your name. Rest in peace, Sweet Boy.
M Seidel left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Shal Winter left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so sorry by your loss. Bullying needs to end. You son sounded like an amazing young man. My heart breaks for you. My deepest sympathies.
Jodi left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am sending my condolences today to let you know others out here care. I myself was bullied in school and at home. I was close to making this same choice. It brings tears to my eyes knowing that this still continues and beloved families are made to go through this. I did not know your son but I wish I could have, he sounds like an amazing young man. To the ones that caused you this pain karma will show herself. I am very sorry you are going through this pain, I have lost many people to this and it is never easy and the pain doesn’t go away, you learn to live with it. Love from CR and my small family.
Mary Green left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am heartbroken with you and for you. God bless your family. Dan is at peace in His arms.
Lisa Bowman left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so very sorry and pray that one day people will realize the strength of their words and how hurtful they can be... God Bless all of you and peace to Dan
Curt Wical left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Kerri Arellano left a message on June 7, 2019:
Fly high angel ❤️
Valoria left a message on June 7, 2019:
May kindness prevail! Thank you for being brave in your desire to change the world . Dan’s legacy will live on! God bless your family!
Chenée Lewis left a message on June 7, 2019:
Sending love and support
Autumn middlebrook left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am very sorry for your loss and I hope everything Is going well for you all
Stephanie Busch left a message on June 7, 2019:
My sincere sympathy to this family your son sounds like a wonderful young man. My heart breaks for you no one should have to go through the pain you and your family are experiencing and I pray you find comfort in the prayers that the world will be sending. "Remembering with you, the life of your precious son ." Even though I didn't know him or you I feel your pain.
Jessica left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Becky left a message on June 7, 2019:
RIH may you find peace in heaven with the angels who know how very special you are. To those who gain empowerment by putting others down, I hope you have learned from this. Maybe you can turn it around and build people up, if so, you will empower others as well as yourself. Maybe you can devote the rest of your life to saving others from such a tragic end. No one should endure the pain that this young man felt and the hell his family endures as the are grieving for him.
Gayle Gerard left a message on June 7, 2019:
My sad and heavy heart goes out to the Richards family. Small town school kids can be so ruthless. I have been subbing in northwestern Illinois and am shocked and saddened by the way kids are excluded and marginalized by their peers. I will spread Dan's story, just as I have other victims' stories as I move from school to school. Bullying should never be ignored.
Concerned Stranger left a message on June 7, 2019:
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renee rooff left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Caitlin Armstrong left a message on June 7, 2019:
To the family of this young man~ you all are amazing; grace is a wonderful thing that most speak of but don't practice. What a refreshing way to hear someone speak of someone that has caused so much pain! I lift you all, as well as the bullies in prayer; healing, peace, comfort, and love. Thank you for sharing your story, I am so sorry to hear of this loss as your son sounded like a sweet gentle soul this works desperately needs!
Carolyn Breeden left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so sorry for your pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May god forgive those who bullied him.
Megan Weaver left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Stephanie left a message on June 7, 2019:
May your soul rest easy and I’m so sorry anyone made you feel so bad. Sounds like your family thought the world of you! A fine young man gone too soon! I hope your obituary does help others!
Margaret left a message on June 7, 2019:
Sorry for your loss. Prayers
Kelly left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Dan sounded like a really nice, respectful young man. Peace and Blessings to you all.
Heather left a message on June 7, 2019:
So sorry for your loss
Debbie Casey left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so very sorry for your loss. Dan sounds like a great guy. Too bad the bullies couldn't see that.
Carrie Magno left a message on June 7, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Brandi left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Dawn left a message on June 7, 2019:
I’m so heartbroken for your family. I’m sure he was your world. It’s so sad they people have to feel validated by putting someone else down I hope your message to be kind resignates with some of these kids and learn to treat people with kindness
Barbara Bibens-Minnick left a message on June 7, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying that God wraps the family up in His comforting arms at this difficult time.
Karen Burge left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss.
Tia Wilson left a message on June 7, 2019:
So sorry for the loss of your son! ❤️ My son was bullied, he went to teachers, principals and nothing was being done. He took a knife to school (utility knife), to stop being beaten every day. I went to the school brought copies of letters I’ve written the school, phone records of calling the school, and a lawyer ready to file suit to the school for not protecting my son, making my son think he needed to fend for himself. As a side note, my son was in second grade. They wanted to expel him for their failures. I ended up taking my son out of that school. You’re whole family with forever be in my thoughts and prayers! ❤️
Traci Taliaferro left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so very sorry for your loss and heartache. Your son sounds like he was truly amazing. May God give you strength and surround you with love as you move through this extremely difficult time. I pray one day soon the memories you shared with your son will keep a smile on your face until you meet again.
Polli Toms left a message on June 7, 2019:
Very sorry for your loss.
Ann Leise left a message on June 7, 2019:
Praying for your family
Heather left a message on June 7, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Heather lit a candle
Debra J McCracken left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so sorry for the loss of your amazing son.
Tiffany Galbraith left a message on June 7, 2019:
My biggest fear is your pain right at this moment. I have four children and as a mother it's my job to think I have a handle on their lives. Protecting them, raising them to make choices correctly, and so on. I don't want them to ever feel they cannot come to me about something or that they have to handle it themselves. Unfortunately in today's world kids make them feel like going and telling is the "tattletale" thing and it only gets worse. Kids shouldn't, people shouldn't have to fight for a place in life we all should have one. I have an adult bully neighbor. They come in all ages unfortunately and law enforcement doesn't care nor do the courts. Your loss is pain that will never end, nobody will offer up words that will help make it stop. I with all of me hope with each day you find some way to move forward and remember him. Bless your family.
Gail Head left a message on June 7, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the days ahead.
Bonita left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Pamela Schroeder left a message on June 7, 2019:
So very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for your family. We don't know each other. I really hate bullying. I pray this wakes some kids and adults up.
Donna Humphreys left a message on June 7, 2019:
R.I.P Young Man. I'm Sorry you had to Deal with Bullies. Please give this Family the Strength and Guidance to get through this Heart Break. I'm Sending Prayers to This Family , and Friends. Be Strong in Faith. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Brelyn left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Renee Fisher left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so very sorry for your loss. Very sad.
Phylis Dalldorf left a message on June 7, 2019:
Although I do not know Richard, I send my sympathies to his family and friends. May he rest in peace. God bless you.
Johanna Kirkwood left a message on June 7, 2019:
God bless his soul! No one should ever be made to feel this bad! Condolences and prayers to his family!
Dalene left a message on June 7, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers goes out to his family.... So very sorry for your tragic loss.
Rob left a message on June 7, 2019:
Rest easy young man. It sounds like you were too good for this world and the Kord called you early. I do hope that humanity will learn b.c and benefit from your grim passing. May God welcome you into his Kingdom and your Family find Peace. God Speed.
Julie left a message on June 7, 2019:
Peace and healing to your family.
Christy Thompson left a message on June 7, 2019:
I’m very sorry for your loss, may he Rest In Peace and help others with his story. This was very touching and suicide is hard for everyone involved. My prayers for the family and friends .
Kimberly A Nance left a message on June 7, 2019:
I didn't know you but God will be there for you. I am so sorry for you and your family.
Nanci O left a message on June 7, 2019:
RIP little angel love being sent to you in heaven xxxooo
Devan lazor left a message on June 7, 2019:
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Elizabeth left a message on June 7, 2019:
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind, always.
Nancy Shifflett left a message on June 7, 2019:
May God comfort your family in this time of need. This saddens my heart and I feel your pain even though we do not know each other. I am so truly sorry for your loss of your son. RIP young man fly high with the Angel's you earned your wings...
Mary A Chambers left a message on June 7, 2019:
You, don't know me, but I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry for the loss of your son, Dan. He seemed like a bright young man with a lot of hope for the future. This bullying thing has been going on for years, but it seems as though it has gotten much worse more recently! I know that some schools have bullying classes that are required for all students to attend!! We never know how deeply our words will affect other people! Praying for your family and may God's blessing shine on you always during this time of sorrow!! Mary A Chambers (formerly from the Southwest Iowa area) Council Bluffs, Iowa
Kim left a message on June 7, 2019:
I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your son.
Brenda cook left a message on June 7, 2019:
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SHG left a message on June 7, 2019:
Dan and Family, I came upon your obituary, wondering how someone so young happened to pass. As a mother, I am so sorry for all of you and can barely attempt to imagine the weight of what you are living through right now. I hope that you will be able to stay strong and continue on your path to healing together, while keeping Dan’s memory alive. I’m sure that he would have been a fantastic adult. To any kiddos currently living with being bullied- Please reach out to someone, even if it’s just to talk. When it seems like more than you can handle, trust that it will get better. High-school is such a small part of the time you have to live on this earth. You and your tormentors will move on, and there will be endless opportunities to surround yourselves with kind & like-minded people, who will take the time to get to know and appreciate you for who you are. Frankly, those who deliberately sought to hurt you from the past will cease to matter in the future. Hugs and Love, SHG
Diane Eral left a message on June 7, 2019:
We did not know your son Dan but, we feel a connection with your family. May you feel God's arms around each of you as you start to heal. May Dan's death be heard around the world to teach each of us of kindness and respect for each other. Our hearts are heavy with your loss.
Arielle R. left a message on June 6, 2019:
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james dierickx left a message on June 6, 2019:
I do not know you personally. But was touched by this story of your son Dan. As the father of 2 special needs sons with autism -- it is terrible how some kids can be so mean to kids and bully them. I am so sorry for your loss I cannot even possibly imagine what you are going through. You will be in my prayers for peace and comfort.
Kim left a message on June 6, 2019:
We love you, look up to you, and honor you. In your honor, we will teach people to always treat everyone with a little more kindness than we think is necessary. You are so loved.
Pamela Ropp left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss.............. hugs and prayers
Fred and Margaret McKim left a message on June 6, 2019:
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Dale Yaw left a message on June 6, 2019:
I did not know him or his family. I just wanted to say RIP Dan James Richards To Dan's Family So sorry for your lost.
Kenneth and Christina Douthit left a message on June 6, 2019:
Our condolence to the family of this young man. We will continue to pray for everyone.
Alicia N left a message on June 6, 2019:
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Karen Crowe left a message on June 6, 2019:
You don’t know me, but I wanted to tell you I’m so sorry for loss. I am a Exceptional Children’s Teacher Assistant and we take bullying very seriously at the high school I work at. I just wish more schools would take bullying more seriously like my school district does... You and your family will be in my prayers. May God bless you and help you cope with this loss. He looks so precious and so innocent. God has received a precious angel.
Trina Mattox left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My heart breaks for you. Prayers
Ann Wagner left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry. I do not know you but read about your story on Facebook. Kindness to each other is so very important. I hope everyone that sees this story takes your message to heart.
Darla Peters left a message on June 6, 2019:
I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. As a person who endured bullying as a teen, as well as my own daughter, who still deals with the memories everyday, I pray for your family, that you are comforted and healed by God who knows your hearts. I pray that your son is in the arms of Jesus.
Steve Hernandez left a message on June 6, 2019:
I do not know the family but my heart felt sympathy goes out to you! I am truly sorry for the pain that you’re going through.
Alison W. left a message on June 6, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones. Fly high, sweet angel, may your soul feel the peace you longed for.
Kellie spahn left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Kellie spahn lit a candle
Volha left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so very sorry for your loss. What an unimaginable pain. May you rest in peace, Dan.
Doug Lambert left a message on June 6, 2019:
My sincere and heart felt condolences on your loss. I pray that God will bring comfort to your family, and that some good will come from this tragedy.
Susan left a message on June 6, 2019:
May you Rest In Peace.
Dori gibson left a message on June 6, 2019:
My thoughts are with you.
Shannon left a message on June 6, 2019:
My deepest condolences to the family.
Kim Grieve left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart aches for you. Please know that complete strangers such as myself wishes your family comfort and peace. What an awesome kid Dan seemed to be! So very sorry for your loss. God bless you all.
Kim Grieve left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart aches for you. Please know that complete strangers such as myself wishes your family comfort and peace. What an awesome kid Dan seemed to be! So very sorry for your loss. God bless you all.
LeeAnn Olson left a message on June 6, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. My heart breaks for you and this beautiful soul gone to soon. Rejoice in his memories, he is watching over you all. ❤❤❤
Debbie Foster left a message on June 6, 2019:
I’m so very sorry for your families loss. May God wrap his arms around you all like only he can.
S. Kraklio left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am very sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Dan
Rhonda Van Wyk left a message on June 6, 2019:
Even though I don't know you. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. My Gods love surround you and help you through this loss.
Kimberly Davis left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart breaks for your family! I’m truly sorry for your loss
TWEEDY FORTUNE-JOHNSON left a message on June 6, 2019:
May God's love comfort you.
JENNIE CONSTANT - Sioux Falls, SD left a message on June 6, 2019:
I have never met or heard of your Son, but I know him now. Thank you so much for sharing him & your heart thru your Video.
Holly Elkins left a message on June 6, 2019:
To Dans family and friends. My heart goes out to each of you in the lose of a friend, son, brother and grandson. I can understand how your son must have felt. I’m 67 years old and I too was bullied. I still feel the pain all these years later. Bullies truly takes the toll on someone until there is nothing left. I understand why young people take their lives or worse yet, storm a school and open fire. I must say this, I just found out about 6 months ago, that the 4 girls that bullied me plus my parents with middle of the night phone calls, died shortly after graduation in 1970. I do hate to say this, but I will. They deserved what they got as they will never bully anyone ever again. Remember, Dan will never be bullied ever again. He is at peace and in the hands of God. I have you in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Hansen left a message on June 6, 2019:
So ..so sorry for your loss. This is hard to see as a parent. You will continue on through his strenghth. He sound like a very nice young man and we cannot comprehend how people act in this world. Only wishing him peace now. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Cindy Nelson left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart is breaking. God Bless your family, praying for all. May God be with you. Dealing with lost of a loved one from suicide is absolutely awful. I no personally, my brother died in 1993. Keep your faith strong. God Bless
Robyn Ebert left a message on June 6, 2019:
You are all in the thoughts and prayers of the people in O'fallon, MO.
K Lucas left a message on June 6, 2019:
Rest In Peace.
Cathy Wilson left a message on June 6, 2019:
To Dan: I am so sorry that your life had to end this way and that you felt there was no other way out. To your family and friends I'm sorry for your loss.
Jamie left a message on June 6, 2019:
Though I didn’t know Dan, I am so very sorry for your loss. It is an unimaginable pain that no one should ever have to feel. Although I try to be kind to those around me, I will make sure I bring a smile to as many as I can. My thoughts are with you.
The Smith's left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, The Smith's lit a candle
Carol Allison left a message on June 6, 2019:
Prayers and promise to spread kindness in honor of his name. God Bless.
Gail left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved this beautiful young man. May you find peace and smiles in your treasured memories of Daniel 💜
Barbara left a message on June 6, 2019:
God speed to an awesome young man....
Misty Wilson left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am profoundly saddened to read of your sons passing. I'll be praying for you, your family and him in Heaven. You are much stronger and more forgiving than I think I could ever be. I hope your memories bring you more smiles than the pain does tears.
Lacey Jones left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. Life should not be this hard. Kindness matters! Think of and praying for you.
Cathy Ahrens left a message on June 6, 2019:
I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Dan and don't know your precious family. I can't begin to fathom what you are going through but will pray that God brings you solace in this tragic loss. Thoughts and Prayers! <3
Paula Roddy left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Paula Roddy lit a candle
Emily L. Cee left a message on June 6, 2019:
All my love and strength to this family at this time and for the rest of time.
Paula Roddy left a message on June 6, 2019:
so sorry for your loss with utmost sympathy&sincere condolences R.I.P. Dan-Fly high with the Angels
Caroline Hagberg left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry that you lost your sweet son too soon! Bullying is horrific! My heart breaks for your family! I will never understand why people are bullies! Prayers for your family. May God comfort you and the sweet memories that you cherish help you in your time of grief. I saw your story on Facebook and it is so heartbreaking. I just felt the need to give my condolences.
Robin Pierce-Dow left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss
Newton, Ia left a message on June 6, 2019:
R.i.p.
Jennifer left a message on June 6, 2019:
REST IN HEAVEN SWEET ANGEL 😞👼🙏
Marie Hawkins left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your short time here. I don't know you, but your photo tells a lit about you. Such as kind, handsome and smart. Prayers for you and your family.
Dori Hale left a message on June 6, 2019:
God bless your family and precious son. I hope bullies see this article. 😢🙏🙏🙏
Barb & Stan Damron left a message on June 6, 2019:
As a mom and grandma, my heart breaks for you on your tragic loss. Your son and brother sounds like a wonderful, kind young man and you have much to be proud of. I can't imagine the depth of your loss, but just know that many are praying for comfort for all of your family.
Dawn Vander Weide left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart is hurting so bad for Dan and his family. Bullying needs stopped, unfortunately it will always be there. Rest in Paradise Bud
Pamela Woodall left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your family's loss this is so tragic.My heart and prayers go out to you all!!!!
Nicole left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Nicole lit a candle
Sherrill J. Howard left a message on June 6, 2019:
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your family's loss. I know you must be grief-stricken at the death of your son, Dan. Dan, like some youths, might have felt such intense anguish that he saw no reason to continue living. A number of factors could be involved why someone would consider taking his or her own life. For one thing, we live in “critical times hard to deal with,” and many adolescents feel the pressures of life with great intensity.--- 2 Timothy 3:1. Thus, no one is immune to adversity. Indeed, the Bible says that “all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together.” (Romans 8:22) That includes young people. So youths can be profoundly affected by negative events, such as mistreatment, (including bullying). However, remember the value of prayer. The most important form of communication you can have is prayer. It is real communication with your heavenly Father, who wants you to “pour out your heart” to him.-- Psalm 62:8. The Bible offers a truly comforting promise at Revelation 21:1-4. It helps us to appreciate that Almighty God has the power to do away with sickness and death. Also, Revelation 21:1-4 helps us to be confident that in God’s due time, depression will be a thing of the past. I sincerely hope that these scriptures from the Bible will bring your family much comfort and hope, as you continue to treasure your memories of Dan.
Kimberly Evans left a message on June 6, 2019:
The video is beautiful. I am so sorry that I never got the chance to cross paths with Dan. He had the kindest eyes and the warmest smile. And also, I saw he was surrounded by loving family members in so many pictures. He appears to have been spoiled by 3 loving sisters most of all. Please know he has touched the heart out here in California and the world feels like it's missing a genuine soul tonight...
Julie Saddoris left a message on June 6, 2019:
My thoughts & prayers go out to Dan's family & friends. May he rest in peace.
Vicki mullen left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I couldn't imagine what your going threw. I don't know you but it breaks my heart your story. As I have a 17 Year old son. And do wonder about him alot. Am I talking enough to him. Is he telling me everything. He is going thought to much stress with his studies tennis and working to. Is he handling it OK. Straight A honor roll. Worries me. But so proud of him as well. You are in my prayers. God has him now.
Andrea left a message on June 6, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers from Indiana.
Misty Davis left a message on June 6, 2019:
We are not known to each other but I wanted to let you know you are in many prayers far and wide. I teach my children ( my own and my students) that kindness costs nothing but can be a priceless gift to someone else.
Carol Stringfellow left a message on June 6, 2019:
May God’s comfort embrace your family in the loss of your precious son. My prayers are with you.
Peggy Balsley left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry that you have to join the ones of us that have had to go through this. I don't know you or your family, but I can tell you that I know the pain that you are feeling right now and will feel for the rest of your lives. God bless you all.
Axa Pena left a message on June 6, 2019:
Dan, sweet young and beautiful child. I do not know you or your family but I do stand with them in anti-bullying and suicide awareness. Rest in Peace dear boy and know that you made and make difference on earth as in heaven.
Alisa Yancy left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry this young man decided to take his own life . We must learn to be kinder to one another. Keep his memorys close to you . Love & Prayers Alisa Yancy
Michelle left a message on June 6, 2019:
Our hearts are breaking with yours.
Denise Trejo left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace young man.
Wendy watters left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can not imagine the pain you must be feeling. Although I personally do not know you or your family I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Koepke Family left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. Prayers
Amanda Lee left a message on June 6, 2019:
I do not know this young man but I read his story on Facebook. I’m so heartbroken for your family. He seemed like a young boy I would like for my son to be like. I pray you find peace. And I pray for everyone who has been bullied. You’re never alone.
Misty left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry you were such a handsome young man 💔
Ann Lorenzy left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Ann Lorenzy lit a candle
Tami Dennis left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Tami Dennis lit a candle
Sheila nye left a message on June 6, 2019:
Hugs prayers for all
Vicky from Arkansas left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Vicky from Arkansas lit a candle
Marsha Hedgeman left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Marsha Hedgeman lit a candle
A Mom left a message on June 6, 2019:
My most heartfelt condolences. May God Bless your family and give you strength.
June Neldon left a message on June 6, 2019:
family and friends of Dan James Richards: my heart is crushed for your loss...simple words said by my grandson @ 4 y/o~ "GOD KNOWS " ... I pray GOD's loving arms wrap around each of you and you feel HIS Peace ~ " I " hear ... "I " care... June {from small town Mena, Arkansas}
Debbie Hoffmann left a message on June 6, 2019:
You do not know me, but I read a news article and wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Georgianne baron left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss kids are so cruel. Hes with god now god will watch over him like hes watching over my husband.its so sad i hope these kids learned from this that it hurts peoples feeling .r.i.p so sorry for the family to god bless you all.
Donna Brown left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart goes out to you and your family. I lost someone in high school from bullying. No family or friends deserve to go through this heartbreak.
Kasi left a message on June 6, 2019:
Such a tragedy for your family. I only wish you find peace through this time. I'm sorry.
Dawn S. left a message on June 6, 2019:
So saddened to hear of your families lose. Prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Cheryl left a message on June 6, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers for you all that lost such an amazing young man. I'm so sorry that you've joined the club of us parents who've lost a child. The pain never goes away and life is forever changed. Don't ever let anyone tell you how to grieve the loss of your "Little Dan". We all grieve differently.
Paula Wilson, Hammond, Louisiana left a message on June 6, 2019:
My prayers go out to his family for having to grieve his loss, but he is with God now, no more bullying!!! May he rest in PEACE!!!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Nicole Sudia left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart goes out to you and your family.
John left a message on June 6, 2019:
Dan sounds like a great boy! My heart breaks for you and your family. Til you meet again know that you raised an awesome son!
Jackie Michelle Liberatore left a message on June 6, 2019:
My thought and prayers go out to you and your family. May God hold you close at this time.
Tammy Chesley left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a child is a horrible thing to happen. I'm sorry you lost him form being bullied. I lost mine in a car accident. My prayers are with you.
Anita Myers left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss
Margo left a message on June 6, 2019:
Rest in piece. You are loved.
Leticia Molina left a message on June 6, 2019:
Our hearts ache as yours. Stay strong, will keep your family in our prayers.
Carol Fischer left a message on June 6, 2019:
Dan's loved ones: My heart hurts for you and your sadness.. My oldest son was bullied all through his school years,The school district and teachers never believed me. Somehow, with God's help I suppose, he got through it. He's good now. I'm not sure what the answer is to this problem.
Panda Turner left a message on June 6, 2019:
I did not know your family, but just want to let you know your in my prayers. i watched his video and it touched my heart. He looked like a really sweet young man. i have three children of my own who are adults, but i know bullying was something we all hear about. Stay strong.
Coty Roper left a message on June 6, 2019:
Prayers for your family from mine. My heart breaks for your loss.
Carol hover left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Carol hover lit a candle
Julie Mills left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Dan but my heart broke reading your story. May God help you through this sensless tragedy & bring awareness to the devastating effects of bullying.
Brenda left a message on June 6, 2019:
My deepest sympathy for such a great loss.
Krystal left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family.
Alex left a message on June 6, 2019:
May peace be with you all. Always stay humble and kind. Alex M., San Diego, CA
DeeDee Hempfling left a message on June 6, 2019:
I got the pleasure of taking care of Dan at my in-home daycare. Back then it was Baby Dan. I can remember him as a baby like it was yesterday. He was a great baby. Amanda used to guard him and watch everything I was doing with him. We had to move away so I didn't know him much as a teenager. I've always tried to keep up with the kids I watched, but sadly life gets in the way and it gets harder and harder to reach out. I am so horribly sorry for your loss. I know what it is like to be so beaten down by life that you consider ending it all. I wish for all your sake it hadn't happened. I wanted to be here with you all today. Praying for comfort for all of you, including Little Dan. With much love, DeeDee, Brandon, and Faith Hempfling
Pam posthauer left a message on June 6, 2019:
You don't know me and I never knew your son, but I was also a kid who was on the outside, made fun of and put down constantly by my peers in school and was never accepted by my peers, so I know that pain so very well. I realized after a while that THEY were the ones with the problem. Most kids will do anything to feel accepted by their peers, and unfortunately that often includes bullying the most vulnerable kids. If only we could make them realize that words really DO hurt and can have long lasting effects. I am so sorry for your loss. I applaud your efforts to bring more awareness to this.
Sara left a message on June 6, 2019:
Hi,I don't know your family,and I know today will be a very hard day,words can not express the sadness I feel for your family at this time. I have a 16 year old son,and the bullying is terrible,everywhere. I can't even imagine,and I wish you didn't have to either. Blessings and prayers being sent to you from a small town here in northern California. May God be with you and your family through this time. Sara
Dorris L. Stanley - Hillsboro Il left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your loss... Thoughts and Prays to the Family
Lynn Olive left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart breaks for his family. your message is a much needed message. Thank you for sharing. Praying for you from Meridianville, Al.
Donna Williams Stacey left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Donna Williams Stacey lit a candle
GRETA LANG left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart breaks for your loss of this caring young man who I never knew. I pray for your family and for a world that has come to a point where bullying can push a well-loved and cherished young man to the breaking point. You're forgiveness is an inspiration and a powerful message that I intend to pass along as well as your wish to be kind to others. In God's love, Greta Lang
Rosie Halvorson left a message on June 6, 2019:
You are bigger people than I am. I hope to change that after reading the obituary. God bless.
Teresa Berkheiser left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am truly sorry for your loss. I lost my brother also. He took his own life because he could not take the bullying and things that others were doing. I pray that someday this will stop. People just be kind to one another. It's not hard to do. Stop the hate, stop the bullying, love others for who they are. My heart goes out to this family. I know the pain. Twenty years later and it still hurts. I am so, so sorry.
Christine left a message on June 6, 2019:
God bless your family.
Melissa Barbieri left a message on June 6, 2019:
I read the story of your dear family member and it speaks to me. I wanted to wish my sincerest condolences for the loss of this stellar human being and wish there was something I could have said or done to tell him it would have gotten better. I have lost so many of my friends these years, I am older but it never gets better. I will make sure that I keep Dan's flame burning for years to come by making myself an advocate to stop bullying and be a comfort to those who need a ear to help them if they are being bullied. May he rest in peace and always watch over you and take comfort in knowing he will be working to help those here from the other side. Much love from Wisconsin.
Donna Drain left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Donna Drain lit a candle
Mae Carson left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry this happened to your son. Thank you for sharing. Lifting you all in prayer.
Jeannie Rector left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jeannie Rector lit a candle
Jennifer left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. So very sorry. My heart breaks for these young men and women to live in the age they're in. But you should be very proud of Dan. You did a wonderful job raising such a wonderful young man and you seem to be a very loving, close family...something that is rare and precious in these times. Thank you for sharing his story and for being an example of love and forgiveness. I pray you will have peace and comfort during this difficult time and that this may save many more young people in the future.
A Mom in St. Paul, AR left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am deeply saddened for the loss of a young man I never knew.
Hilary Cain left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your families loss. I'll be sharing this like you requested.
Marcia left a message on June 6, 2019:
I’m speechless, I’m heartbroken, that we had to lose another precious life way too soon - somehow it has to stop - my heartfelt condolences to all of those who loved him.... RIP young man
Karen Coppley left a message on June 6, 2019:
Sorry for your loss the world needs to look at the good in people grace and peace
Chelli asbill left a message on June 6, 2019:
Prayers for your family
Liz Meacham left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am from Ohio, I do not know you or your precious child, but my heart is heavy and it’s hurts for the loss of this young man with so much ahead of him. I am sending my condolences to you and your family. I hope your words will hit the children and their parents and school officials, to stop this bullying. May the Grace of God help you through this most difficult time. Liz Meacham Fairport Harbor, OH
Delores Hill, Cascade, WI left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sad. May he RIP
Teresa Littlejohn left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. The world today is so cruel and has no morals. Everyone is out to get who or what they want. I have a down syndrome son so I understand how it is. God be with your family and give you comfort.
Melanie left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and Prayers are with you.
marjorie kish left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heartfelt sympathy for you & your family at the loss of your son. Bullying has grown into an epidemic around the World & the sad part about it all is there seems to be no age limit. I guess once a bully, always a bully. I cannot even imagine the pain you all are feeling at this time. I pray he rests in peace.
Amanda McManaway left a message on June 6, 2019:
God have mercy on his soul Amen
Michelle Bailey left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am very sorry for the loss of Dan. Your words touched me and I am sure they will touch a lot more. May God be with your family during this grieving period. Michelle Bailey Kokomo, IN
Lori left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss.
Julie left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart aches for you all. I pray you all find some comfort to help you through this. He sounds like he was an amazing person. Know that you all have a guardian angle, now. To these awful & careless monsters, I pray you ask for forgiveness & change in positive ways & do something good with this tragedy.
A mom in North Carolina left a message on June 6, 2019:
A few years ago my son contemplated suicide....luckily we were able to intervene. May God give you strength now and everyday til you see your precious son/brother again. ❤️
CHERILYN CHAVEZ left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so very sorry for your loss. I am from Arkansas and did not know Dan but was so very touched by your loving obituary where you offered forgiveness but also called out his tormentors. I am a former high school teacher and I was bullied as a child. I can only imagine your heartbreak. I mourn the loss of Dan and the accomplishments he would have made to make this world a better place. May the God of peace and comfort guide you through your grief. And may this same powerful God of all, bring purpose and meaning to this sorrowful event by bringing all tormentors to repentance and hearts of kindness.
Daniel James Burrow left a message on June 6, 2019:
May God hold Dan and your family in his ever loving arms.
Mrs. Davis left a message on June 6, 2019:
I want to express my deepest condolences to Dan James Richards family. I am a complete stranger who lives in Ohio and read your beautiful message to the world. Kindness is a priceless gift that can only keep giving. On behalf of your amazing son Dan, I promise to promote kindness each and everyday of my life!
Carole Kerfoot left a message on June 6, 2019:
Sending prayers to you and your family. So sorry for your loss.
Roman and Pam Luna Family left a message on June 6, 2019:
Sending God's love in your darkest hour. God Bless.
A concerned aunt left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, A concerned aunt lit a candle
Kim left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Kim lit a candle
Verbie Camden left a message on June 6, 2019:
Sorry for your loss may you find comfort in family and friends, God bless you all, from Indiana
Charlotte Bright left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am very sorry for your lost. As a mother I can not begin to imagine your pain. Thank you for your special message that went out and I will be sharing it also. God bless you and your family.
The Barton Family left a message on June 6, 2019:
Our hearts break for you and your family. Our deepest condolences.
Nicolynn Barker left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Nicolynn Barker lit a candle
Princess Rucker left a message on June 6, 2019:
My sincere Prayers and Condolences are with you during this difficult time. May God continue to strengthen and give you peace. God be with you🙏
Carole Otterstad left a message on June 6, 2019:
So VERY sorry for the loss of your son, grandson, brother, nephew. The worlds loss is now heavens gain. Praying for your entire family as you have had the courage to write such a touching tribute to your Danny and have drawn attention to the huge and devastating impact of bullying.. Yet, you have extended forgiveness to those who were cruel. BLESS YOUR FAMILY for choosing love and I'm so sorry as you grieve the loss of what was and what could have been. Know that others thoughout this nation are praying for you in your time of loss.
Tonya Gallo. left a message on June 6, 2019:
Iam very very Sorry For Your Loss .My Condolences to you and Your Family . .May God Bring you peace and Comfort .
SHIRLEY BODANSKE left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss.
Jill left a message on June 6, 2019:
Praying for you.
The Donaldson’s left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, The Donaldson’s lit a candle
Dana Getz left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Dana Getz lit a candle
Lexie Marie left a message on June 6, 2019:
Im so sorry for the loss of this beautiful boy. I too was bullied so i know what it is like. He did nor ever deserve this. He was a handsome kid , had a bright future ahead of him im sure. Now he lays within the clouds n sunsets . ❤#foreverinourhearts
Aimee left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Aimee lit a candle
Shawna Thorson left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. We have gone through this with our 11 year old getting bullied. We have gone to the parents of the child and they do not listen. I will keep trying. My prayers are with you all.
Summer left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you all and your Beautiful boy!
Amanda sapp left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry, just lost my great niece from drug overdose. She was nineteen 😥
Pat Buettner left a message on June 6, 2019:
I’m so sorry for your loss
Shaye Hinson left a message on June 6, 2019:
Too many take their own lives because of actions/words of others. I struggle daily with this. Some don't want to fight anymore. I am so sorry, your family will be in my thoughts... your son will is engraved into my mind forever.
Gayle left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Bullying has to stop. My prayers are with you ❤️
jasmin left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm sorry he felt the bulling was so unbearable, he had to take his life. Thank you for spreading awareness to this. My son (13) plays football too and has experienced bullying this story hits home. my prayers.
Someone Who Was Bullied As A Child left a message on June 6, 2019:
Your story touched me and reminded me that, even as an adult, my life is so much bigger than those who tried to make me feel small. #BeKind
Vicki left a message on June 6, 2019:
Fly high!!!
Susie Hinton left a message on June 6, 2019:
So very sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you!
Judy yantko left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Judy yantko lit a candle
Dana Nuspl left a message on June 6, 2019:
Sincerest prayers and condolences for your family. As someone who suffered from bullying throughout my teenage years, I have a pit in my stomach as I remember the feelings of loneliness and worthlessness I felt all those years ago and feel pain as I still recognize the feelings of inadequacy and low self esteem at age 37 due to the torment I suffered through. I pray for your loved one to have eternal peace and for your family to find healing from the lifelong impact those who bullied Dan have now placed in your hearts. God Bless your family.
Mandy Townsend left a message on June 6, 2019:
Our deepest sympathy are with all of his family and friends. So sad to hear how bullying can have these kind of results. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers sorry for your loss
Tammy Schoffstall left a message on June 6, 2019:
You do not know me but my family is praying for you and your family.
Molly Tucker left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Molly Tucker lit a candle
Kim Cloys left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you.
Patty Schulz left a message on June 6, 2019:
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers, hugs, and godspeed. I hope you find comfort in your memories. May peace be with you and your family at this time.
Brenda Sharpe Jones left a message on June 6, 2019:
No more bullying....I'm so sorry this happened to him.
Joel left a message on June 6, 2019:
Very sorry for your loss. prayers from Ohio
Verna B. left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart goes out to the Richards Family. May God grant you peace as only He is able to do and comfort you through this journey of sadness and loss.
Madisyn left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Madisyn lit a candle
Jessy Elledge left a message on June 6, 2019:
I do not know you or your family but my heart breaks for you all. My son was/is a victim of bullying. He is the same age as Dan. My deepest condolences from Missouri.
Susan Lawless left a message on June 6, 2019:
God Bless and Godspeed. I will keep all bullies in my prayers to somehow find solice, work through their issues, and forgive themselves. I am burdened to hear of your loss. Your son sounds amazing.
Ed Pratt left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your loss... While suicide has been deemed one of the most tragic problems occurring in today's world, I believe it is the same as "Murder by Society", which means Dan now rests with Our Creator. May you be blessed in your continuing Life's Journey, and may you also rest in the knowledge that there are those of us who both grieve your loss while sincerely endeavoring to stand up for, and protect, the innocent as much as is possible...
Katie Ohlms left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart breaks for all who loved Dan. Though his life was short, he sounds like he impacted many people with his caring spirit. I hope you will get some small comfort, knowing how many people will be praying for your family to find strength and peace.
Jaimey Buquet left a message on June 6, 2019:
I’m so very sorry for your loss. RIP Dan. ❤️
Melissa Ray left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am very sorry for your loss. He is such a handsome young man. I am going to share your story on my social media page and tell all my friends and followers to be kind to one another. RIP young man.
Karri wright left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart is with you all. I dont know dan personally but stumbled across his story on a local news station. I'm very sorry for your loss. His story is making it's way around and I pray he helps change the mean ways of others ♡ prayers for his family.
Karen Tobey left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Karen Tobey lit a candle
Vivian left a message on June 6, 2019:
Very sorry for your loss. I pray this beautiful obituary reaches all the bullies in the world. Prayers and hugs for your families.
Pamela Richardson left a message on June 6, 2019:
My prayers are with the family
Deloise left a message on June 6, 2019:
My prayers are with your entire family. I pray God continues to give you strength during the days ahead. Thank your for sharing this beautiful obituary and the note to those who are bullies and especially those who are the bullied. May God bless you all. From Huntsville, Alabama
Becky K left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Becky K lit a candle
Vickie House left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. Read this tragic story on my local news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I wish this touching obituary could be read to all students in all schools.
Angela left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry that you lost your son in such a horrible way. I lost my son 4 years ago under different circumstances but I do know the pain of losing a child. May God's love and peace be with you.
Wendy left a message on June 6, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I also do not know you but my husband was bullied by a neighbor and the police department in our area. We had lived in our house for 22 years. It got so bad that he tried to end his life. He just gave me clues enough that I left work and found him early enough. People just need to learn to get along and think about what they are doing to others. Everyones life is precious!
Terri andres left a message on June 6, 2019:
My deepest condolences to the family! In his memory I will show acts of kindness !
Charleen Nagy left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Charleen Nagy lit a candle
Cheryl Anderson left a message on June 6, 2019:
Fly high sweet angal
Anna left a message on June 6, 2019:
So very sorry for the loss. My deepest condolences and sympathy is sent to Dan and the entire family. Prayers for everyone to light the way during this tragic time. Northeast, OH resident.
Deb left a message on June 6, 2019:
In my prayers don't know you but really sorry.
Jamie left a message on June 6, 2019:
Prayers for your family. Prayers for the world we live in, we all need to be kinder to one another, words hurt more than you think. We all must think before we speak and if you don't have anything nice to say then please just don't say it all. Praying from Ohio.
Margaret Goldizen left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. Can't imagine the heartbreak you are dealing with right now. God Bless you all.
Fredda Pelter left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart aches for the pain you are all going through.
Tracy White left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm praying for your broken hearts! God bless you all in times of loss. #NoMoreBullying
Grace Spafford left a message on June 6, 2019:
Thank you for honoring his memory in the way you did. Hoping your message spreads widely! if it reaches just one person and changes who they are, you've accomplished your goal. So sorry for your loss. 🙏
Kristen left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Kristen lit a candle
Sam young left a message on June 6, 2019:
May god be with you ! Watch over your family
Barbara Warren left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry to hear about your son. I can understand the pain you and your family are going through, my child passed away a while ago. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Holly Williams left a message on June 6, 2019:
I just read about you on our local news website. I am so sorry that we live in a world where love and respect are not as easily given as hate. No words that I could say can help you heal. I am sorry for your loss and for the pain you may be feeling. Love from Illinois.
Sherry left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss - a tragic loss for someone so young with so much potential. I hope that your memories of him in the good times sustain you through this difficult time.
Trish Moberley left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so very sorry. Your family and friends are in my prayers. Bless all of you.
Melissa Maass left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry to hear this about your son. I don't know your son or your family but I read this story and I feel very sad for you. I have a 16 year old son and he gets mad at me for asking him about his feelings all the time. Your story assures me that I'm doing the right thing when I ask my son questions about how he feels on a daily basis. Melissa Urbandale, Iowa
Shawna left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart aches for your hurt. May Daniel rest, knowing he is/was loved! My prayer for ALL youngsters is to: Stay strong in yourselves and your beliefs!! Don't let bullies dictate your self worth! I wish I had the chance to know Daniel.
Rachel left a message on June 6, 2019:
Much love and prayers from Indiana.
Felicia left a message on June 6, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I didn't know this child but I feel in my heart that he will be truly missed. 💘 goes out to the family.
Renee left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart goes out to his family, I can’t even imagine. Sending love, prayers and hugs
Shirley H Flores left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart hurts for u,My deepest condolences RIP handsome boy:)
Patricia B left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am very sorry you lost your wonderful son. He sounded like the type of child every parent wishes for. Bullies are idiots who pick on others because they lack the positive qualities they see in their victims. God Bless your family.
Brandi harrod left a message on June 6, 2019:
I may not know you.. but I am so sorry for your loss. Bullying is so out of control. And I know exactly what you are going through..
Kristie Burch left a message on June 6, 2019:
My sincerest condolences for your loss. Dan sounds like an amazing young man who was loved by many.
Judy Jackson left a message on June 6, 2019:
What a heartbreak. Children can be so cruel without realizing the consequences of their actons. Without realizing the circumstances behind anothers life, their cruelty sets into motion a series of fatal events. I have 5 teenage and preteen grandchildren. It scares me for them at school. They are taught to be kind to others. If you or someone you know is being bullied, just remember, it takes a bully having an audience to be a bully. That they need making you feel bad about yourself to make them feel good about their selves. Just walk away. Remember that you are loved and are important. That as hard as it seems, this is such a short time in your life and will pass. Be the better person. Never give someone the power to take you self worth. I'm truly sorry for the loss of your son. I'm sure he was a wonderful young man, and would have grown into someone who would have so much to offer our world. I pray for him and the bullies that were in his life. Be blessed knowing that you had an amazing son, and its a shame that the kids of our day helped cause the action that took his life. I pray for you and your family during this tramatic and sad time in your life. God bless Dan and watch over you in your time of grief. Mrs Judy Jackson and family
Lynsey Viewegh left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart is broken for the family and friends. Prayers to you all. I will continue to share your story. Indianapolis
Maureen (from Olmsted Falls, Ohio) left a message on June 6, 2019:
My thoughts & prayers are with your family. I sooo hate bullies & wish they were raised better...but for now, let’s hope JUST BE KIND to everyone. The world would be a better place. RIP Dan🙏🏻🙏🏻
Jen Perry left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry for the loss of your son.
Adrienne Jones left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Lori Reed (Edmond, OK) left a message on June 6, 2019:
Rest in love, sweet boy.
Jennifer Beamer left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jennifer Beamer lit a candle
Sonya left a message on June 6, 2019:
Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.
Laurel A Hobbs left a message on June 6, 2019:
I have a 15 year old daughter. I can not relate to the loss your going through. God bless your family.
Waldo Fernandez left a message on June 6, 2019:
Sorry for your lost and God be with your family,your son is in better place . ,
Theresa Dunn left a message on June 6, 2019:
You are in peace now! AND you are at rest. Bullying is one of the worst things that anyone can do to a person! Especially a child or a teenager! I should know, I grew up being picked on bullied, it was relentless so many times I would want to die think about how to die just wanting to end it. Somehow I made it. AND I'm grateful for that. AND to the parents, my heart go's out to you! AND that pain is undescribable! I lost my brother 2 years ago. Not the same as a child but the pain is just as bad. May you be strong and keep his name strong! AND by you printing that in his obituary is brave and wonderful! And you did him proud. God bless!
Tammy ONeal left a message on June 6, 2019:
I lost my nephew to suicide last year and my heart goes out to you and your family Oklahoma here's your cry
Tammy ONeal left a message on June 6, 2019:
I lost my nephew to suicide last year and my heart goes out to you and your family Oklahoma here's your cry
Tammy ONeal left a message on June 6, 2019:
I lost my nephew to suicide last year and my heart goes out to you and your family Oklahoma here's your cry
Natasha Garcia left a message on June 6, 2019:
Rest in power sweet angel. You deserved a beautiful life filled with love but the world was less then kind to you. I hope you find peace and love wherever you are now ❤
Shan left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Shan lit a candle
Lori sprowls left a message on June 6, 2019:
I just want to say I'm so sorry for your loss..I don't know you or even live in your state but I read this and it breaks my heart..He was a very handsome and intelligent looking young man and I'll be willing to bet he would have been a very successful man..I wish he would have stayed around to prove all the bullies wrong..God bless you and your family during this time..
Tina Allen left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss.My Grandson was bullied for years and I started homeschooling 4 years ago.Prayers for your family and may God wrap his arms around you
Nichole Cannon left a message on June 6, 2019:
I choose to honor your son and teach my 5 girls to be kind to everyone. My deepest condolences to everyone this beautiful soul touched.
Alta Dick left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Alta Dick lit a candle
Jan Phillips left a message on June 6, 2019:
As a parent, I can only begin to understand the pain and heartache that you feel losing your son. I pray for your strength and comfort in the days, weeks and years to come. A new angel is in Heaven to shine his light down on you in your darkest days. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son, Dan.
Shan left a message on June 6, 2019:
As a mother, my heart aches for you. We, ourselves, are dealing with an issue of bullying on a level I never thought possible. As parents, we strive to do all we can for our children, and I hope you can find solace in knowing he felt your love and support through these trying times. He sounds like he was an amazing young man. There are no words to heal your pain but I pray you can continue on, keeping his memory alive. No parent should have to lose a child as a result of another's ill behavior. Condolences to your family, from our family in Ohio.
Robin Imburgia left a message on June 6, 2019:
Hi, I did not know Dan but saw his story. It is just heart-breaking and I pray all of his friends and family members to have strength to get through this. I really wish the kids doing this will see how wrong this is to treat someone so badly. Unfortunate thing is that "sometimes" it comes from the parents as well. These parents need to be better parents in watching/teaching their offspring kindness and not hate! God Bless You.
Janet left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Janet lit a candle
Rosalyn Washington left a message on June 6, 2019:
May GOD be with Dans family. I pray for your strength during this time. RIP to such a beautiful person.
Dennis K Ratliff left a message on June 6, 2019:
I live in ohio and i see this all the time me and my family send our deepest condolences to you and your family and hope to god we end bullying Sincerely Dennis k Ratliff and family
Tammy Allen left a message on June 6, 2019:
My sincerest condolences to the family. I’m so sorry.
Dominique Fortney left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Dominique Fortney lit a candle
christine patch left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart goes out to Dan's family over this horribly tragic loss. May he rest happily in peace until you're able to hold him again.
Marge Grubb left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. I lost my nephew when he was 17 due to suicide. No one saw it coming. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless!
Sandra left a message on June 6, 2019:
There are no words to how to say, I'm sorry for your loss! but I can say THANK YOU! for exposing the difference between parents who raise kind kids and those who, don't care how their kids treat others. Let Dan rest in peace and God takes him in his arms and lets him know, how special he is for always being Kind.
Carly Mosson left a message on June 6, 2019:
I heard about Dan on the local news here in Indiana and I was heartbroken. I can’t imagine your pain. May God watch over your family during this difficult time, your family is in my prayers.
Jacqui Hawkins left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so sorry that we couldn't save you...you are a young man who shouldn't have felt worthless.
Jill in Ohio left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jill in Ohio lit a candle
Julie Larson left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry to read about the bullying and the tragedy of Dan's death. Wish there were words to say or things that would comfort you at this time, but from experience in loosing a child I know there is not. Sending you hugs and prayers in this difficult time.
Kelly left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Kelly lit a candle
mother of a 16 year old son left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for the senseless loss of your son. He sounds like a wonderful young man. Your strength and resiliency are inspiring and your desire to help others in your time of unimaginable grief is nothing less than amazing. May God bless your entire family with peace and comfort.
Amanda Kocher - New Franklin, Ohio left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Amanda Kocher - New Franklin, Ohio lit a candle
Jaycie Bates left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry this happened, and even more sorry that people were the cause of this.
Deborah Ingram left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so very,very for the loss your family and loved ones are going thru.The pain each of you feel is beyond any that words can express.Please know you each one are in my heart..Bullying only shows the weakness in a person,not any strength.my granddaughters have had to cope with bullying alot,having meetings with the school principals and officials doesn't help at all.I pray what you are reaching out to do will make the changes that are needed.
June Rushing left a message on June 6, 2019:
Prayers to your family .
June Rushing left a message on June 6, 2019:
Prayers to your family .
Jean Smit left a message on June 6, 2019:
I feel so sorry for your loss. This could anyone’s son or grandson. Why are people so cruel. They will feel no remorse either. I understand being bullied I was there at one time. If he could have held on life would have probably changed as life went on. It is a scar that never really heals. Hold Dan in your memories. With love and caring Jean. I received this from a friend in southern MN who also did not know Dan but we still care
Suzie Andrew left a message on June 6, 2019:
My sincerest condolences. There is so much senseless bullying going on and I hope your approach reaches the bullies in your son's school and the community. It is brave of you to honor him this way. And he was brave to try to sort through this on his own. But I hope other young people will reach out to family, teachers, mentors if they are bullied. Dan sounds like he was a fine, upstanding young man.
Michelle Owen left a message on June 6, 2019:
God bless you, young man. My condolences to you all. What an incredible person your son seemed to be. Prayers to you from North Carolina.
Mary left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Mary lit a candle
Lisa Stewart left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Lisa Stewart lit a candle
Melody Mabe left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Melody Mabe lit a candle
Jamie left a message on June 6, 2019:
I did not know this young man or family. I just had it on my heart to leave my condolences after reading your sons story. I’m so sorry your son felt so down because of how others treated him. The darkness that wouldn’t allow him to see all the great things that were going for him and how much he was loved by family and friends. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’m hopeful that what you have written will help steer others away from bullying people. RIP young man!
Ene Mullins left a message on June 6, 2019:
I didnt know your son personally but his story touched my heart. Prayers for healing and comfort.
Holly Dwyer left a message on June 6, 2019:
Deepest Sympathy to your entire family! As i read your sons obit on face book, My heart hurts and i am in tears for you! I am amazed at your act of forgiveness on behalf of the cruel tormentors of your son. This truly shows the kind people you are! Your son was blessed with an awesome family! I will do an act of kindness on behalf of your son! Prayers,Hugs and strength now and in the future!
Tim Jones left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Tim Jones lit a candle
Deb Ferguson left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart breaks for your family. I'm so sorry for your loss and pain. I, too, lost my son by suicide in September 2017. Please reach out if you would like to connect with another parent on this grief journey. It has helped me a great deal to be in contact with other parents with this painful experience that most people (thankfully) cannot fully understand. [email protected] Bless your family for bringing awareness to the devastating effects of bullying. And for your beautiful act of forgiveness in the midst of your sorrow. Your hearts are beautiful. I'll be praying for your strength in the coming days, comfort for your hearts, and eventually healing. ❤
Teri Cross left a message on June 6, 2019:
I have attempted suicide many times and ive felt what he felt. Im so sorry that happened to him but also for the sorrow he left behind. Beautiful obituary and God bless you for shining a light on being bullied and not being accepted at school or work and what that does to a person. Please know he didnt know the affect it would have on his loved ones. God be with you all during this difficult time.
Alle Moore left a message on June 6, 2019:
Words can't express how sorry I am for your family. I've been in Dan's shoes, and thank God that due to my 2yo brother I was able to get help. Thank you for sharing this. Your words have helped Dan touch even more lives. God Bless you and your family.
Barb left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Barb lit a candle
Pamela Dillon left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart hurts for you. I lost my sweet Sara Jo in2005. She took her own life December 23,2005. This world was too harsh for her to deal with. But I think God everyday for having her in my life. My prayers are for you and your family.
S. Junek left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. I wish people were less cruel to others. I hope your family can find some peace.
Tammy OBrien left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss.
Nicole left a message on June 6, 2019:
Incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. May he rest in peace
Kristin left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Kristin lit a candle
Jocelyn Richards left a message on June 6, 2019:
My family is 6 months from our precious son and grandson also committing suicide from being bullied. I understand what your life is like now. Our 16 year old was and still is a thousand times a better person than the ones who made him feel bad about himself and I'm 100% certain your young man is also. Thank you for your courage in calling the bullies out.
Crystal Burcham left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Crystal Burcham lit a candle
Jennifer Hefner left a message on June 6, 2019:
Prayers for the family. What a sad reminder to all how destructive bullying is and the need for it to be stopped! Thanks for sharing this message and I believe it may help save another life.
Sandi Stone left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart goes out to this family. I cannot comprehend the pain they must be going through but know that God will get them through. He commands us to “Love one another” and this family is showing the love of Christ by sharing Dan’s life and their love and forgiveness to those who have wronged them and Dan. May God give them peace as they go through this time of sorrow.
Amelia Olson left a message on June 6, 2019:
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I have a 16 yr old and sought out an involuntary committal after my son told me he was tired of everything and didn't want to go on. I understand not all people show signs of suicide, and many keep to themselves. I pray you find peace as it will take awhile. A sudden loss like this weighs heavy on your heart. And I pray those who bullied your precious son realize what they have done. Karma is real. Much love to you and your family.
Rayna Steffen left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Rayna Steffen lit a candle
Marilyn Box left a message on June 6, 2019:
God bless this young man. May he forever rest in peace.
Michelle Willard left a message on June 6, 2019:
To the family... remember the good times...I know the pain all to well...in memory of my father Jeff Willard...see ya love ya bye..
Jennifer Highland left a message on June 6, 2019:
Your family is my prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Deb left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart goes out to your family. I don't know you, have never met you but I can feel your pain. May God heal your hearts.
Nicole left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine what you all were going through. My heart breaks for you all. Praying hard for peace and comfort during this time and for years to come.
Aspen left a message on June 6, 2019:
Prayers are with his family❤️ Bullying is hard to go through, and losing someone from a battle of bullying and depression is even harder.
Terri Knapp left a message on June 6, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers to you as you try to heal from this terrible loss.
Jackie Caquelin left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart aches for you. Praying for your memories and faith to sustain you.
Angie left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Angie lit a candle
Trista Vanleuven left a message on June 6, 2019:
This breaks my heart, just as it does many others. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this sad time. If you can be anything in this world, BE KIND! R.I.P handsome little man💚💚
Debra Cummings left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so very sorry, you have my deepest condolences. This should NEVER happen. Please know others care and are broken hearted for your untimely loss. 💔 Please take good care..... HUGS to all.
Rebecca Stickley left a message on June 6, 2019:
I did not know him personally, but I would like to send my condolences to the family. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Dan sounds like he was an absolute wonderful young man. So sorry for your loss.
Michelle Lala left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Michelle Lala lit a candle
Shannon Hayes left a message on June 6, 2019:
To the family and friends of Dan, What a beautiful tribute and testament of Dan’s life. Although I didn’t know your son (or any of you), I know that he was a gem here on Earth. And now he is a gem up in Heaven. God has him. No more bullying for him—only perfect love and acceptance. God is looking at Dan with pure pride—so joyous at how He created him. You will reunite with Dan one day. That is a promise! I don’t usually write about bullies in a condolence post, but I would be amiss if I did not. To those who think your taunts, laughs, teases, and whatever you’re guilty of under the umbrella of bullying: be ashamed. And in that shame, I hope somehow compassion eradicates it. Most feel sympathy toward the bully as they believe to bully is because you were/are bullied and/or you have a low self esteem about yourself. But, today I cannot feel sympathy for you...as I feel it for Dan and all of his family and friends who loved him so much! Find yourselves, and act upon the compassion you find. Do something in honor of Dan. Do something kind in honor of the family you devastated for the rest of their lives. The gift of their forgiveness is big!! BIG!! Use it to change the way you treat people who are not like you. Prayers to the family. Shannon Hayes Louisiana via Facebook
Jessica left a message on June 6, 2019:
So sorry for your loss.
Amy left a message on June 6, 2019:
My heart breaks for your son and your family. May he rest in eternal peace, and God guide you through the your grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Laura Shelton left a message on June 6, 2019:
Your son/brother/nephew/grandson/friend is a handsome young man with a memorable smile. His eternal peace has come. I pray for your peace, his family, and for those who brought him to this decision. May God bless you all. (From a mother who has lost one too young as well.)
Debra Davis left a message on June 6, 2019:
I’m sorry for the loss of Dan, we have experienced bullying in our family also. Prayers for your family.
Stacey Cliburn left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family are in my prayers.
Jacque Lange left a message on June 6, 2019:
I cannot begin to imagine the pain you all feel right now. My heart breaks at the idea of our youth being do cruel and mean to cause someone to take their own life. As a mother of 5 I do everything I can to teach my children to be loving caring individuals who do not judge or harm others. I watch them get name called, hit, tormented and teased every day. I pray one day I am not in your position. Love and peace to you all
Tandy left a message on June 6, 2019:
There are no words.... May God hold you tight and heal your hearts.
Hillary K. left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Hillary K. lit a candle
Sarah Davis left a message on June 6, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Dana Snyder left a message on June 6, 2019:
Prayers for you and so sorry for your loss!
Shawnda Helgeland left a message on June 6, 2019:
My deepest sympathies are with you in this dire time. May you find strength and comfort in the Lord. May he rest in eternal peace.
Deanne Conlon left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Deanne Conlon lit a candle
Jan Edwards left a message on June 6, 2019:
Sending prayers to the family.
Theresa Selzer left a message on June 6, 2019:
May we honor Dan’s memory by remembering to be kind to one another daily.
Heather left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Heather lit a candle
Don B. Campbell left a message on June 6, 2019:
My Daughter Lydia died a year ago June 3rd so I feel your heartache and pray and hope you use your heartbreak to share love with others.
Janelle Sack left a message on June 6, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss.
Misty left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Misty lit a candle
Denisha Simon left a message on June 6, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Denisha Simon lit a candle
Jessica Steffen left a message on June 6, 2019:
Thoughts and Prayers for the family. May God help you through your difficult times. Be Kind♡
Armstrong Family left a message on June 5, 2019:
Very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of mourning and loss.
Kelly Anderberg left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers.
Jennifer left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jennifer lit a candle
Cheryl McDonald left a message on June 5, 2019:
110 2nd St.
Stephanie left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. My 11 year old son tried to take his life earlier this year. I would do everything in my power to help him. Someday, I know I wont be able to be there everyday. Your words are so touching. "Be kind to everyone" how you portray it will resonate with me forever. God Bless.
Sheila Harvey Parks left a message on June 5, 2019:
So sorry for your loss
Cindy Johnson left a message on June 5, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is brave and loving. I pray for the pain to be softened buy Gods loving arms around you, I pray for your son to rest in Gods loving arms.
Laura J Kinnard left a message on June 5, 2019:
Like many here, I did not know Dan. I learned about his life and heartbreaking death from Facebook. I want you to know that our family's prayers go out to you and your family. Dan sounds like a remarkable young man. While I have always tried to have empathy for others, it will be with Dan in mind that I take extra care to be kind, to preach kindness, and to do every thing I can to lead my 10 year old to never bully! I pray that God wraps his arms around you all and comfort you on the days when you are missing Dan the most.
Krystyn Ridgley left a message on June 5, 2019:
"If We Could Bring You Back Again If we could bring you back again, For one more hour or day, We’d express all our unspoken love; We’d have countless things to say. If we could bring you back again, We’d say we treasured you, And that your presence in our lives Meant more than we ever knew. If we could bring you back again, To tell you what we should, You’d know how much we miss you now, And if we could, we would." By Joanna Fuchs My Love Goes Out To The Family And Fiends Of Dan James Richards💕
Dawn Campbell left a message on June 5, 2019:
Please know my heart aches for the family of this young man. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Marcia (West Des Moines) left a message on June 5, 2019:
I didn’t know Dan, but I want his loved ones to know my heart aches for all of you. What a wonderful tribute you’ve given him with his obituary. Dan was lucky to have you and you were lucky to have him. I’m sorry I didn’t know him. He is safe now from the cruelties of this world. God bless Dan and God bless you. I am praying for you all. I wish you peace.
Nathan Chipley left a message on June 5, 2019:
Love and prayers from New Franklin, MO. May God rest his soul.
Heckmann family left a message on June 5, 2019:
We knew Dan, and he was an absolute joy. Our hearts are broken.
Julie Adam left a message on June 5, 2019:
My sincere condolences to Dan's family. I never had the privilege to meet this young man but the brave tribute you give to him in this obituary describes a beautiful soul, the loss of whom makes the world a poorer place. May God give him a special place in Heaven and may He grant you the peace that only He can give. Treasure your memories and Dan will always be with you. My prayers are with you.
Lynn Breakenridge left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Lynn Breakenridge lit a candle
Katie Miles left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so very sorry for your loss. As a mother myself my heart breaks for you. I wish there was some way of convincing our kids that it really will get better. Again, I'm very sorry and I wish you peace in your hearts and strength for your souls. Much love to your family.
Dawnie Osborn left a message on June 5, 2019:
To the family of Dan Richards. Prayers goes out to you all. Not only the parents but also the aunts and uncles and grandparents. God is your strength lean on him always.
J. O’Kane left a message on June 5, 2019:
Passing kindness on in your honor.
Lynette Morrell left a message on June 5, 2019:
Sending your family prayers for strength and peace on the loss of your precious child. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that he is at peace now. He sounds like an amazing young man. God Bless!
Carly Webb left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am just so sorry for your son passing away, I just feel so sad for you guys.
Stacey left a message on June 5, 2019:
A friend posted Dan's obituary on Facebook. I didn't know Dan or your family but to honor his life I read his obituary and watched your beautiful video of all the memories. It is truly sad when such a sweet sole leaves us so too soon. I could tell how much you love each other and that your love will live on. You have my deepest condolences.
Mitzi Washburn Koranda left a message on June 5, 2019:
My Thoughts & Prayers to Entire Family. I am truly sorry for your heart break. Your Compassion and Forgiveness towards those who took a kind young Man from those who Loved him Dearly is a testiment of how this young Man was raised. May God Bless you and Heal your Hearts.
Taricia English left a message on June 5, 2019:
I'm so sorry!
Nikki Rogers left a message on June 5, 2019:
We express our deepest sympathies in the loss of your son & loved one Dan. Our daughter Skyler took her life at the age of 14 due to being bullied. We know the pain you’re all going through. If you ever need someone to talk to feel free to contact us. Our angels are flying free together in heaven! God bless you all ❤️😢
Shantelle Rowland left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Shantelle Rowland lit a candle
Linda Benedetto left a message on June 5, 2019:
May the Lord comfort you and your family. He looks absolutely gentle and kind hearted. I am deeply moved by your forgiveness. God will be the judge. May your wonderful son rest in peace. May God wrap His arms around you . God Bless you.
Rachel Loveday left a message on June 5, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers from Knoxville, TN. I admire your compassion during this time when you could very understandably be angry. May you find peace and love from those around you.
Michelle K. left a message on June 5, 2019:
I hurt for your family. Your words on behalf of Dan have reached so many. I hope you are able to find a little bit of peace knowing that his story has made a positive impact on so many. As a mother of 4 teens, I have too seen the effect of bullying. I know sometimes it can be more powerful than the love of family. Bless you and your message of forgiveness and kindness ((hugs))
Linda Duncan left a message on June 5, 2019:
I’m so sorry for your loss....it hurts my heart when I hear of young people taking their own life because of bullying. Words hurt! I pray that you find comfort in your memories. God bless your family and surround you in His loving arms.
Terese Fisher left a message on June 5, 2019:
I never knew Dan or the family. May God give you peace. Dan certainly has touched mine and many others lives by just reading this beautiful tribute to his life. God Bless your family
Ruth McClure left a message on June 5, 2019:
Dave and I are very saddened to hear of the passing of Dan, he will surely be missed by his family and friends, special prayers for his family to find peace and comfort in the Lord
Angellyn Coker left a message on June 5, 2019:
You don't know me but I felt compelled to reach out and tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your son . I pray you find peace.
Barbara Hively left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Barbara Hively lit a candle
Joy Kiesling left a message on June 5, 2019:
I don't know you, I live in Missouri, but my heart hurts for your family. May God bring you comfort and peace.
Selma Twigg left a message on June 5, 2019:
We are sad to hear of your beloved son's death! May God's love be a source of comfort and love to his family specially to his dear mom. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Requiem
Yvonne Frith left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Peace, love, and hope.
Barbara Hively left a message on June 5, 2019:
As a child I was bullied. I too have suffered from depression that has nearly lead to me taking my life. I feel so much for your loss. Peace.
Shelly mohr left a message on June 5, 2019:
I did not know Dan or family. I am orginaly from creston. My heart aches for Dan and family it's just shame there are some many cruel people in this world. Many prayers are sent to all may you find peace and comfort.
Marvin thorson left a message on June 5, 2019:
Sorry to hear about your loss. Karma will catch up to these bullies. God bless
Patricia K. Peterson left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so sorry to read of the death of this young man. Such a tragedy for his family and friends and such a loss for our state and country. His contributions will be greatly missed.
Walter E Gatlin Sr left a message on June 5, 2019:
We are truly sorry for your loss. The fact that your honor in choosing to forgive stands out, so is the key to the Kingdom of Heaven. God bless and may we lighten the burden by being there for you during your time of need. In Jesus Name.
JRB left a message on June 5, 2019:
Praying for your family.
Jessica Hansen left a message on June 5, 2019:
May your son's light never burn out. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Michelle Crandall left a message on June 5, 2019:
I did not know your son, and I am truly sorry to hear about his passing. You are true to your faith by forgiving the bullies who have caused so much pain for your son and also for your family. The Lord is truly working through you to make sense of the needless situation. May the Lord wrap you tight in His arms so you can feel his love during this very difficult time. God Bless you and your family!
Donna Stout left a message on June 5, 2019:
Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about your son. You all are in my thoughts and prayers
AshleyJo Hill left a message on June 5, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is affected by this senseless tragedy.
Vonda left a message on June 5, 2019:
Sorry for your loss
Leslie Bidwell left a message on June 5, 2019:
I did not know this young man but you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all.
Lori Pauley left a message on June 5, 2019:
My heart goes out to each and every one of you........ You will all be in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏼♥️
Jamie Parker left a message on June 5, 2019:
Prayers for the family and friends
Jodi shondel left a message on June 5, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers are with you
Penny left a message on June 5, 2019:
Rest In Peace,son
Laurie left a message on June 5, 2019:
I just pray that God comforts all involved and heals wounds
Mrs. Melissa Eckert left a message on June 5, 2019:
Big Hugs, Lots of Love, Condolences and Deepest Sympathies from all of us in the Eckert family. ❤
Melissa Brown left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Melissa Brown lit a candle
Ellen Schumaker left a message on June 5, 2019:
I read your beautiful tribute to Dan and am deeply saddened for all of you. May the loving arms of our Lord and Savior hold you especially close. Know that many will be lifting you in our prayers in the days that come.
Susan Rue left a message on June 5, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss your all in my thoughts and prayers 🙏
Tina Fessler left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. May the loving arms of God wrap around your entire family.
Connie Marxen left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Connie Marxen lit a candle
Phillip and Trudie Manke left a message on June 5, 2019:
My heart goes out to your family during this very difficult time. Your message you wrote for the bullies will inspire people and by spreading the message of how damaging bullying can be, may save Lives of others. I just pray that bullying comes to a stop.
Linda Kvall left a message on June 5, 2019:
Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I don't know Dan or your family but his obituary was so real and touching. I'm sorry for your loss.
JACKIE HUGHES left a message on June 5, 2019:
Sending prayers from Upper Michigan - #spreadkindnesseverywhere
Terri Walker left a message on June 5, 2019:
Prayers for you and your family
janet left a message on June 5, 2019:
I have no words to make your pain disappear. All I can do is send love and prayers from my heart.
S. Veteikis left a message on June 5, 2019:
I hope you find peace and support as you travel through this grief. I also hope that law enforcement and legal counsel are cooperating to bring justice to the bullies, because our society should not be so broken that Jesus is the only answer.
Pamela Homolka left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Pamela Homolka lit a candle
Carolynn Keel left a message on June 5, 2019:
I’m sorry for you loss. God Bless you all
Terri left a message on June 5, 2019:
I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for the pain your son must have felt. May God's love, care and provision envelope you today tomorrow and always. Peace.
Alan Dowda and Lisa Samples left a message on June 5, 2019:
Benjie and Laura, we are so sorry for your loss. Anytime a human life is lost it is sad, it is especially troubling when it occurs under the auspices of bullying. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as are those who have had a hand in his untimely passing, there is hope that God in Heaven will help render a change in heart for those who participated.
Melodee Roberts left a message on June 5, 2019:
I do not know any of you personally. Creston is my hometown and this is how I heard of this sad story and beautiful tribute. May God continue to guide your hearts. Forgiveness is a must for us with God, but, vengeance will be His. May these kids feel remorse and stop being the bullies they are. God loves them too, and it's through God that you will get through this time. Your son sounds like such a remarkable young man. God has such great plans for him in Heaven. Until you meet him again, may God hold you and be your strength. Blessings and hugs.
Mia left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so sorry to hear about this young mans passing. My heart aches to hear that PEOPLE are SO MEAN. I thought the note that you wrote to the bullies was right on point! May God bless you and your family and hopefully Dan's passing will be a learning lesson to those moving forward. This last September I found one of my BEST friends who also committed suicide. It's not easy to go through something like this, I KNOW! Sending HUGS and PRAYERS YOUR WAY!!!
Tammy l Woodworth left a message on June 5, 2019:
So very sorry for your loss. Such a tragic end to a life full of possibilities. My heart breaks for you. I hope that Creston School District will hold some kind of memorial and use this time to remind bullies that this type of behavior is not okay. Life is hard enough. We should encourage our children to build each other up and protect one another against those who harm. Your in my thoughts.
Leilani Tremmel left a message on June 5, 2019:
Thoughts and Prayers are with all ❤
Dawn Soger left a message on June 5, 2019:
My heart goes out to you. Bullying is just wrong. You are an example of Christ like love. You are also right, in saying that the bullies are going to have to be accountable before God. Though, I hope that the bullies will experience remorse in this life. May God be with you until you meet your son again.
Virginia Green left a message on June 5, 2019:
I do not know you or your son but I understand and know what you are going through. May God wrap his arms around you and all your family at this time and help to easy your pain.
Sara shupe left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Sara shupe lit a candle
Bridget Hanson left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a beautiful person. One day you will all be together again. Rest in peace young man............
Wendy Jones left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Wendy Jones lit a candle
Amy Rambow left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Amy Rambow lit a candle
Carol Weir left a message on June 5, 2019:
Prayers for your Family at this sad time, may God bring you comfort.
Denise Dellavecchia left a message on June 5, 2019:
My prayers are with you and your family. I’m very sorry for your loss. May God Bless you.
Sandy Kiefer left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Sandy Kiefer lit a candle
Margie left a message on June 5, 2019:
Thank u for sharing your story. I too was bullied in school for a long time. I was so scared to even go to school. But I did get threw it. This Saddens me so bad. It hits so close to home. I felt like taking my life many times because of the abuse. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful boy. My prayers r with you.
Sally Nedelcovych left a message on June 5, 2019:
I feel your pain, as we lost our son in 2001 - the year before your dear son was born. He was killed by a "friend" who was speeding and driving recklessly. Chris was seventeen years old and about to graduate from high school. The grief that I felt was complicated by anger and rage. Your grief will never go away completely, but the anger will become less intense over time - a lot of time. God bless you and your beautiful son.
Katie left a message on June 5, 2019:
My heart breaks for his family and friends~sendings prayers for healing hearts and may loving, find memories of fill your hearts and help ease your pain.
Dani left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Dani lit a candle
Melissa jungles left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Melissa jungles lit a candle
Laurie Sapp left a message on June 5, 2019:
You have my deepest sympathies, my heart goes out to you and your family.
Denise Hill left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Denise Hill lit a candle
Jen left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jen lit a candle
Heather Schwandke left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Heather Schwandke lit a candle
Kay Radank left a message on June 5, 2019:
So very sorry for your loss.
Beverly left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so very for your loss.
Bea Gheen left a message on June 5, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. Bullies need to take responsibilites. In memory of Dan James Richards. lit a candle
Joseph D Yezek left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Joseph D Yezek lit a candle
Jamie Mullins left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jamie Mullins lit a candle
Jacob Christophersen left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jacob Christophersen lit a candle
William Steven left a message on June 5, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss sending lots of prayers and hugs for all of you. I know somewhat of what you are going through as I had a friend when he was little took his own life because of bullying as well I do pray that with Gods help we can put a stop to this. Again I am praying for you all. From the bottom of my heart God loves us all.
Larry left a message on June 5, 2019:
Sorry for the lose
Jan Faris left a message on June 5, 2019:
In loving memory of Dan.
Kristi Vanderzanden left a message on June 5, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Kristi Vanderzanden lit a candle
Samantha Dement-Graham left a message on June 5, 2019:
I have never met you or your son, but I am truly sorry for your loss. I also have a 16 year old son and I could not even imagine going through what you have to go through. He also has had his problems with bullies, for the way he looks and the way he dresses and countless other things. I always tell him that there is nothing wrong with being himself and how much that I love him. I pray that he realizes it and doesn’t let the bullies win. I wish that your sweet and loving son would have realized that himself. I wish that he wasn’t bullied. I wish that he was still with you. I wish for your pain to ease and your heart to be happy. I wish you nothing but happy thoughts, good memories, and lots of love. My heart goes out to you and I will keep you in my thoughts during this difficult time. Sincerely, Samantha Dement-Graham
Colton Warnell left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am very sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family
Sarah left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Sarah lit a candle
Kim Gerdes left a message on June 4, 2019:
My heart breaks for your family and I would like to extend my deepest sympathy. Prayers of peace and healing.
Ann Mabota left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for what this young man went through and for what you are going through as a family. My words are not much but I myself have a teenage boy his age and kids that age are merciless in how they treat each other. I only hope something can be learned for this tradey.
Ericka Spurgin left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Ericka Spurgin lit a candle
Lisa Parks left a message on June 4, 2019:
My prayers are with the family. Such an awful tragedy for you to have to deal with because of some snot nose brats. You have a very kind heart to be able to forgive the bullies. Karma will come back ten fold on these kids.
Chris Marsh left a message on June 4, 2019:
Even though I never met you before, I know the world is a bit sadder & a bit emptier now that you are No Longer here. Rest In Peace young man.
Andrea Troff left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Andrea Troff lit a candle
Jenny left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jenny lit a candle
Nancy left a message on June 4, 2019:
Everlasting Peace for you, Dan and your family.
Jean Van Rens left a message on June 4, 2019:
I was so sorry to read about the loss of your son Dan. He will forever be in many many hearts
Kelley McBride left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Sharon K left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. You don't know me, but Dan's obit is being passed around FB and I happened to read it. I had a good friend die by suicide a few weeks ago. I feel your heart ache.
Jared Nickel left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jared Nickel lit a candle
Hailey Nickerson left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Hailey Nickerson lit a candle
Pauline Steinbach left a message on June 4, 2019:
Prayers!
Donna Kasel left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for your families loss.. People can be so cruel.. God Bless !
Tammy Fulkerson left a message on June 4, 2019:
My sincere condolences to the family.
Lacy left a message on June 4, 2019:
love and strength to you all from my family to your’s. there are no words. i am sorry for your loss.
Stefanie conaway left a message on June 4, 2019:
My heart is with you. I didn’t know you, or your son. But I am praying for you all.
Judy Olsen left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so deeply sorry. What a nice young man. When will bullies be held accountable. May God bless and comfort your family.
Andi Albert left a message on June 4, 2019:
I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved son. I know first hand how your hearts are so broken as I too lost my son to suicide Jan. 31st of this year; he was 16 (almost 17) as well. I will pray for your family and keep you in my thoughts. May peace find you over time.
Melissa left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss 💔🙏. Your son will be remembered with love and respect in Onawa, IA
Terri Sonnenburg left a message on June 4, 2019:
Sharing in your grief. Praying for your family.
Teresa Smith left a message on June 4, 2019:
Sorry for the big loss. Prayers 2 the family.
Diana Parson left a message on June 4, 2019:
I don't know you. But I read this obit and it touched my heart. May God hold you close in the coming days.
Fredrick Marsiello left a message on June 4, 2019:
So sorry for your loss.
Stacy Roberts left a message on June 4, 2019:
I did not know him but cannot tell you how very sorry I am for everyone involved. What a Blessed heart he had and was. He left you with so many beautiful memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Anne Martell left a message on June 4, 2019:
So very, very sorry for the loss of your precious son!❤
Malissa Cleveland left a message on June 4, 2019:
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I didn't know your son. I can only imagine your pain right now. Thank you for putting this message out there. Bullying must stop. Love one another. God bless you and your family.
Opal J Sears left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry to read of the death of Dan. Words just seem so inadequate at this time. He sounds like he was a wonderful son and friend to many.
Grimes Family left a message on June 4, 2019:
We may not know your family, but know our condolences and love are going out to you. Spreading love in Dan's name this month. <3
Dale left a message on June 4, 2019:
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Veronica Fitzwater left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Judy Helsell left a message on June 4, 2019:
My heart is heavy for the family of Dan! I can only agree it's between the bullies and God now! I don't know till this day how these people can sleep at night. .Cherish your memories of Dan! They will live on forever!
Debra Herring left a message on June 4, 2019:
I did not know your son but your family is in my prayers. God Bless
Tesch Family left a message on June 4, 2019:
The Lord is our Shepard and your loved one is now in His hands. Place your pain and trust in HIM and HE will guide you on your healing path. Prayers to all of you during this difficult time.
Patti Underberg left a message on June 4, 2019:
Keeping your family in my prayers.
Amber VanBrogen left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry and saddened to hear or Dan's passing. I did not know him or your family but I too have a teenage son. Dan sounds a lot like him. My heart and prayers goes out to you all!
Brenda left a message on June 4, 2019:
My family is so sorry to hear about this. My son Levi will be 17 on the June 7th very close in age Levi don't put up with bullies he puts them in there place an helps others who get gets bullied.
Clara Bethke left a message on June 4, 2019:
My heart goes out to you. May God’s love surround you through this difficult time.
Jayleen left a message on June 4, 2019:
Prayers for Dan’s family and friends. May he rest and peace! This is a total eye opener for our world. I will also prayer for us humans as we need to remember that kindness goes along way
Kris H. left a message on June 4, 2019:
So sorry for your loss, may your memories help comfort you in the days to come. Bullying is never acceptable and I applaud your strength in showing compassion and empathy for those that clearly do not grasp those concepts, as a parent I am not sure I could be as forgiving or brave.
Sue Bruns left a message on June 4, 2019:
Praying for you all, so very sorry for you loss
Jerry V left a message on June 4, 2019:
Such a tragedy! RIP.
Shauna Garton left a message on June 4, 2019:
My heart aches for what you endured. I pray you are flying high sweet angel. God bless your family and those who caused you pain.
Lanna left a message on June 4, 2019:
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I was bullied as a child. It's not something that you ever forget. I am so sorry he had to go through this. ❤
Crystal left a message on June 4, 2019:
So so very sorry
Lori left a message on June 4, 2019:
R.I.P
Brandy left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am very sorry for your loss... I didn't know Dan personally but unfortunately I know the story. I will keep Dan, your family and friends in my prayers. I will also pray that no one else has to go through this. God Bless
Helen Vawser left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Helen Vawser lit a candle
Bronson Damjanovic left a message on June 4, 2019:
Sorry for your family’s loss. May you find peace through the memories you have.
Larry Anderson left a message on June 4, 2019:
I didn't know your son but I want to extend my thoughts and prayers for his family and friends. May he fly high with the angels and watch over all that he has left behind
Jennifer left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for what he had to deal with and couldn't go to someone to talk to I dont know u but I am sadden by your loss. RIP sweetheart fly high
Christina left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Christina lit a candle
Tiffany O'Brien left a message on June 4, 2019:
I sorry for you lost prayers be with you in your time if need.
Zachery Page left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Zachery Page lit a candle
Ashley left a message on June 4, 2019:
R.I.P.
Jeannie Moler left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. Gods Blessings
Sara left a message on June 4, 2019:
I'm sorry for your loss. Fly high young man and watch over your family.
Michelle left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry this world is so cold. RIP angel🌹
Bonnie Wells left a message on June 4, 2019:
So very sorry for your loss.
Melanie Samples left a message on June 4, 2019:
I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Andrea Martin left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss.
Sue harrington left a message on June 4, 2019:
So sorry for your loss. No words can take the pain away. Hold him your heart forever. God Bless.
AshleyC left a message on June 4, 2019:
I’m so sorry for the tragic loss of Dan. Prayers are with you
Cheryl L Cogley left a message on June 4, 2019:
Your son sounds like a wonderful human with whom you have beautiful memories of.
Gina Consiglio left a message on June 4, 2019:
I don’t know you or your family, but I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I hope he is shining bright in heaven, as he rejoices with his family
Brenda left a message on June 4, 2019:
Iam so sorry for your family loss sending prayers
Brenda left a message on June 4, 2019:
Iam so sorry for your family loss sending prayers
Brenda left a message on June 4, 2019:
Iam so sorry for your family loss sending prayers
Patricia White left a message on June 4, 2019:
Thank you for sharing Dan's story. Hopefully it will get through to those who find it necessary to put others down instead of lifting them up. Dan sounds like a wonderful young man. He and your entire family are in my prayers.
Deb Schutter left a message on June 4, 2019:
I don’t know you, but I’m so very sorry for your loss!!
R R Smith left a message on June 4, 2019:
So very sorry for your loss!!!
Susan (Allen) Frausto left a message on June 4, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Dianne Allen-Rieck left a message on June 4, 2019:
This breaks my heart. I pray for each of your family now as you face these coming days without Dan. I’m so sorry for your deep loss. I pray the youth and the grownups of this world learn to be a kinder, more loving and accepting people. No one should ever be faced with this loss. May God bless you and keep you.
Jodie johnson left a message on June 4, 2019:
My thoughts are with you. This is tragic
Gins Michelson left a message on June 4, 2019:
God Bless your family. You have my heartfelt condolences with the loss of your wonderful son. Those who hurt your son will have to live with themselves and their behavior. May they find a change in their hearts.
Jeff Brioschi left a message on June 4, 2019:
My condolences for Dan and his family. I didn't know Dan at all, however reading his story my heart goes out to him and his family. No one should ever go through what he did. Dan, you're an angel now, and I'm sure you've always been one to your family and friends. I hope other people could be more like you.
Jeanette Thanupakorn left a message on June 4, 2019:
So very sorry for your loss... I did not know Dan, or your family, but this breaks my heart. My prayers are with you! 🙏🏻
Pam Dearden left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am heartsick to read you lost your son in this manner. I sit here in tears wondering why people are so mean to each other. I cannot even imagine the pain you are in, but God does. I pray the Lord will wrap his arms around the family of friends and grant you all Mercy and Comfort during your grieving. I am so sorry you are living this tragedy that was preventable.
kathleen holt left a message on June 4, 2019:
So sad. Prayers and my deepest condolences to ALL who loved Danny.
Linda left a message on June 4, 2019:
I lost my only son to suicide 23 years ago. I am so sorry for your loss and pain...., you will miss him and grieve for him always. I pray for an end to bullying, it is so senseless and cruel. Much love, sympathy, and prayeers to your family.
Margie left a message on June 4, 2019:
There are no words I can say to comfort you and your family. My prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. Bullying has got to stop and by you taking the step to print what you felt, takes tremulous guts. I bless you for your forgiveness.....Bullying has got to stop before more innocent children take their lives.
Megan Owen left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Megan Owen lit a candle
Gina Newman left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so very sorry for your loss. It is so heartbreaking to know this is happening out there. God bless you all and help you heal from this
Donna austin left a message on June 4, 2019:
So sorry for your loss....there are no words... god bless...
Sarah Frevert left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Sarah Frevert lit a candle
John Kuhn left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss.
Becky left a message on June 4, 2019:
I do not know you, but I know the difficulties of raising a young man. I have no words that can help ease the pain. I am sorry that your son fell victim to bullying. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Lisa Freeman left a message on June 4, 2019:
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
shirley tjernagel left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so sorry for the family. I can only shake my head at the bullying. I pray that Dan finds peace now. God rest
Cursty Carson left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Cursty Carson lit a candle
angela herrod left a message on June 4, 2019:
Deepest sympathy to his mother and family.
Jen crain left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jen crain lit a candle
Sheila Catron left a message on June 4, 2019:
Our deepest and sincerest sympathies are with your family. We are so sorry for your loss. May God wrap His arms around you all and minister to your broken hearts.
Amber Hunnel left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Amber Hunnel lit a candle
Jessica Zuniga left a message on June 4, 2019:
Sorry for your loss
Ty shivers left a message on June 4, 2019:
Standup against bullying!
Darlene Schumacher left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Darlene Schumacher lit a candle
Jessi Cash left a message on June 4, 2019:
I'm so sorry
Shanna Doyle left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Shanna Doyle lit a candle
Candy Roberts left a message on June 4, 2019:
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Lil Dan. I'm terribly sorry for his pain. Praying for peace and comfort for you all. Through God's love nothing is impossible.
Chandal Bos left a message on June 4, 2019:
I am so very sorry for the loss of your son, the whole family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Allison left a message on June 4, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Allison lit a candle
Kim Hochstetler left a message on June 4, 2019:
Heartbreaking! I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you.
Pam Schneider Schwinger left a message on June 4, 2019:
So sorry this happened. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Rebecca Sherwood left a message on June 4, 2019:
Prayers for your family
Myra Choate left a message on June 4, 2019:
Spread your beautiful wings and fly! The Lord will heal your pain.
Brittney fahringer left a message on June 4, 2019:
Praying for you and your family at this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace. So sorry for your loss.
The Embleys left a message on June 4, 2019:
Sending prayers to the family of this young man.
vickie landel left a message on June 4, 2019:
so sorry for your loss
Angel Richards left a message on June 4, 2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss just know as family we are here for any of you all of you are in our hearts our thoughts and our prayers Fly High Little Dan til we meet again RIP
Tim and Tammy Case left a message on June 4, 2019:
Laura I’m so sorry for the loss of your son. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Tina & Mike Stern left a message on June 4, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers are with you all durning this difficult time~
Tami Moles left a message on June 4, 2019:
Do sorry for ur loss, prayers
Dawn Starnes (Boll) left a message on June 4, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers to the family!
Holly left a message on June 4, 2019:
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan's family and friends
Sabrina Morgan left a message on June 4, 2019:
So sorry for your lost my heart goes out to your family
wilson steve left a message on June 4, 2019:
My prays are with family at this moment of life where Dan Jr is at a peaceful part of his life with Jesus and are almighty god. To Dans parents Dan Jr. is with the best friend in the world that are almighty god and heaven and earth Jesus.
Dayna left a message on June 4, 2019:
🖤🖤🖤
Christina Smith left a message on June 3, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Christina Smith lit a candle
Stephen Kirby left a message on June 3, 2019:
Although I did not know you, the fact you are not here will make me always try and be the kindest I can be to someone I may not know at all. I am sorry you ever felt someone was bullying you. Chances are that bully or bullies had no real life of their own. May your spirit truly come alive in how we choose to be kinder to one another.
Diana left a message on June 3, 2019:
RIP Angel
Emery Mullen left a message on June 3, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Emery Mullen lit a candle
Debbie left a message on June 3, 2019:
You don’t know me I felt like I needed to write you. I’m so sorry for your loss. He sounded like he was a wonderful son. It’s so sad that Dan choice to end his suffering. I have lost loved ones to suicide. It’s very hard. I hope the bullies that caused this think about what they have caused. I would say more but you’re right their actions are between them and God now..
Jenn Drake left a message on June 3, 2019:
Dear family~ I remember Dan as a happy and vibrant young man. He was in my 3rd grade classroom and loved to write stories and poems. He was kind to others and always had a smile on his face. I wish you comfort in this difficult time and that God wrap his arms around you all and comfort you with his presence.
Deb left a message on June 3, 2019:
I am saddened by your unexpected loss. It is so tragic. You have my deepest sympathy.
Unknown left a message on June 3, 2019:
Prayers and Peace be with you all.
DeAnn Harvey-Lowden left a message on June 3, 2019:
Rest peacefully, Dan.
Ann left a message on June 3, 2019:
We are so sorry for your loss. What a sweet young man your son was. We are grateful he wanted to serve our country after he graduated. Our hearts are broken for his tragic endurance while suffering repeated bullying. Please accept our heartfelt sadness for the son you raised to be such a kind and generous son. Ann and Russell Clayton
Mary Miller left a message on June 3, 2019:
My sister is the crossing guard at Lincoln School and said your child was quiet but did talk to her some. I lost my #3 son to suicide 13 years ago and time will help but never heal. So sorry for your loss and his.
Tami Goodliffe left a message on June 3, 2019:
Rest In Peace
Shelby left a message on June 3, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Shelby lit a candle
Lori Peters left a message on June 3, 2019:
We have never met but, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.
Jeremy Larson left a message on June 3, 2019:
RIP
Ricky Glenn left a message on June 3, 2019:
My sincerest Condolences to the family!
Michell workman left a message on June 3, 2019:
I didn't know you personally but I have a son only 3 months older than your son, I can't imagine your grief 😢 I can only pray for your family and your precious son may God bless you in your time of sadness .
Gayla Rohr left a message on June 3, 2019:
So sorry to hear this. Condolences sent from Paul Rohr and Gayla Rohr and family. Children of (Larry & Patricia Richards-Rohr)
Bridget cohenour left a message on June 3, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Bridget cohenour lit a candle
Mary Benton left a message on June 3, 2019:
I don't know your son but am so sorry for you're loss. Prayers for the whole family coming your way.😢🙏🙏
BK Juhl left a message on June 3, 2019:
I’m so sorry for your loss I didn’t know your son he sounds like a wonderful boy! I too have a 16 year old who has been bullied, praise God for your kindness and forgiveness and Loving the Lord to understand times like these. Cherish your memories ❤️
Robin Travis left a message on June 3, 2019:
Laura, Bengie and family- I am so very sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Prayers for you all🙏
Bobbie dotson left a message on June 3, 2019:
The Bullying Needs To Stop!!!!!
Lesha Clark left a message on June 3, 2019:
My heart goes out to this young mans family. May God be with you all in your time of loss. Dan may you be comforted in Gods arms. I did not know you , but it saddens me to hear that bullies made you feel that there was no other way. Rest In Peace ...
Paula Jackson left a message on June 3, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Paula Jackson lit a candle
Eric left a message on June 3, 2019:
"Like a rainbow fading in the twinkling of an eye, gone too soon shiny and sparkly and splendidly bright, here one day, gone one night." I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to his family.
Lori whelchel left a message on June 3, 2019:
My heart is broken for your family I pray you have Gods peace through your healing
Connie Marxen left a message on June 3, 2019:
My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Tammy tyer left a message on June 3, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers for family and friends
Mark and Tina Kirkland left a message on June 3, 2019:
We are sending our love from Colorado. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Alex Dowda left a message on June 3, 2019:
Hands are raised to my brother in the skies.
Annette Rice left a message on June 2, 2019:
Hugs and prayers to all
Bob & Vicki Martin left a message on June 2, 2019:
Our deepest condolences! Words cannot express the pain of your loss. Sending you our prayers and thoughts as you remember Dan.
Jane Richards left a message on June 2, 2019:
In memory of Dan James Richards, Jane Richards lit a candle
Gene and jeanie Tyler left a message on June 2, 2019:
We sure love you Dan we will seen you soon. L
Selena Lee left a message on June 2, 2019:
Thinking of you all!
Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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