Remembering Rick, Marnie’s Hero
Veteran PTSD

By Clairice Minkler

 It was early on Sunday morning, the 23rd of April when I learned of Rick’s passing. I had grabbed my cup of coffee and plopped down at my computer, when I saw an e-mail from Marnie with the words, “My Precious Husband” in the e-mail subject line. My heart sank as those words filled me with dread. I opened the email to have my worst fears confirmed, She wrote,  “My heart is broken. My husband , my hero, passed away last night on the way to the hospital. I wish I could wake up and all of this would be a bad dream. He is now with the good Lord. I miss him so much. He was the best husband ever. I was blessed. There will never be another Rick. He was one in a million.”

   My first thought, was “oh. no, no, no, this can’t be, not Rick” A few moments later I was on the phone with Marnie,and she shared the sad details of his untimely passing. 

  I first met Rick and Marnie many years ago when they were living in Marion, MT. Rick had attended an appointment at the VA Kalispell clinic  where he had a run in with one of the personnel there. Marnie had picked up a copy of the paper at the clinic and gave me a call to see if there was any way that I could help. That was the start of a wonderful and lasting friendship. 

  It was apparent from the beginning that Marnie adored Rick. He was her hero and one she knew she could trust with her whole heart.

  It wasn’t  long before Marnie started honoring veterans and convinced Rick to use his  talent and contribute articles to the paper as well.

  As time went by, and I became more closely acquainted with Rick, I  gained so much admiration for him. His intellect always made for some especially stimulating  conversations, which usually included his contagious laugh. I can still hear it now. To accept he is gone, still seems impossible. 

  Rick spent his early years on a farm near Roanoke and during high school he was an outstanding athlete where he lettered in football and track.  Rick went on to attend Ohio State University from 1966-1967 on a track scholarship.

  Rick received the call for service in 1967 and served for 4 years in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam.  While enlisted, Rick served twenty-one months as a weapons platoon sergeant with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines.  Rick was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1971 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and was a proud Marine Corps veteran.

   After serving his country Rick went back to Ohio State University and later graduated with a BS degree in Zoology, following a comprehensive premedical curriculum. Rick later furthered his education and received a Doctorate in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic and another BS degree in Human Biology.  Rick was skilled in his field of medicine and achieved Diplomats Board certification in Applied Kinesiology from the International College of Applied Kinesiology and Diplomats Board certification in Orthopedics from the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists. This was followed by attendance of postdoctoral seminars from Harvard College of Medicine.
  Rick served as the Director of the Roanoke Chiropractic Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia for seventeen years. He treated numerous celebrities during his career including the late Mohammed Ali, the Grateful Dead, and the late Alexander Godunov with the New York Ballet. Rick had numerous research papers published during his career and in 1985 he won the International College of Applied Kinesiology’s research paper of the year award. 
 However, as is true with so many vets, the war never left Rick and he retired from his chiropractic practice in 1993 due to chronic delayed combat post-traumatic stress disorder that he had developed after his experience on the battle fields of Vietnam.
 In 1994 Rick met Marnie Eure in Virginia.  They married in 1998 in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Rick and Marnie lived in Virginia, Colorado, and Montana, including Marion, Townsend, and most recently Helena, in order to be closer to the VA.

  One of the reasons conversations with Rick were always extraordinary was due to his interest and knowledge in a variety of topics.  Rick was an expert marksman, archer, he was skilled in martial arts, and was a master gun stock engraver.  Rick was a member of the South Hills church of Christ. 
 You just read all of Rick’s accomplishments, but I think to get a true glimpse of who Rick was, you need only read this post from Rick’s obituary written by Chase Ragen:  

 “Rick was a great friend, a Patriot, and an awesome Christian brother! A week before I deployed to Afghanistan in 2013; Rick and Marnie came out to our home and spent some time with my family. He was genuinely concerned to make sure I had everything I needed for this tour. He gave me a pendent, which I still carry to this day. This is on the pendent,”there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling, for He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep you in all thy ways.” Psalms 91:10-11

 Thank you Rick for being who you were! I will see you soon my brother,

Rest in peace, Rick. You are loved and missed. Till we meet again...
Veteran PTSD