Richard Alan Brooks, 23, passed away Aug. 13, 2008. Survived by his mother, FeAna (Dave) Balsick of Pueblo; father, Larry (Lenora) Brooks of Centennial, Colo.; sisters, Laura Kaye Brooks of Denver and Krista Balsick of Pueblo; grandparents, Gladys and Roland Brooks of Pueblo and Helenrose and Clem Burke of New Mexico; aunts and uncles, Suzanne and Tim Burke of Littleton, Colo., Mark Balsick, Kibbie Balsick and Debbie Balsick, all of Pueblo; and numerous cousins. Preceded in death by his uncle, Michael Burke. Richard was born June 19, 1985, in Grand Junction, Colo. He graduated from Pueblo East High School in 2006. Since graduation, he attended BAAS, through Colorado Bluesky daily. He touched the lives of so many people in a positive way. He taught people that different is okay and was such an example of unconditional love. Special thanks to Jodi Saro and the staff at the Grand Junction Regional Center; Jim and Joni Wolfe and the staff at CARE, Inc., who are Richard's exceptional extended family. Also, special thanks to BAAS, Colorado Bluesky, Inc. especially Bob Benvinuto. In addition the family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Spencer Walker and staff, the staff at Parkview 2-south and the outstanding Frontier Hospice staff for their wonderful care of Richard. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Chaplain Rollie Gill officiating. Followed by lunch and a time for sharing in the Montgomery & Steward Banquet Hall. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Frontier Hospice or CARE, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. FeAna,
    I was sorry to see of the passing of Richard. I had wondered where you were in the past years. I still have the picture of Laura and Adam with Richard and Alyssa on the couch oh so many years ago. Alyssa will be gone 9 years in December. Just remember, God only borrows them to us and we love them for the time they are here.
    Now there are 2 special angels with the Lord.

    God Bless you all
    Rod and Marcia Korte

  2. FeAna, Richard was whole and perfect while with us and now he is more whole. I celebrate his life and am sorry for his passing. Dr. J

  3. Larry,
    We just received news of the loss of your son. We can not begin to know the sorrow and pain that you feel and want you to know that our thoughts are with you and your family. If there is anything that we might do to help in any way please do not hesitate to let us know. We are planning on attending the scheduled service.

  4. FeAna, We were sorry to read of Richard’s passing. I have thought about you and him over the years and wondered how you were doing. Please know you are in my prayers. Send me an e-mail sometime and we can catch up.

  5. We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Richard. Although we never met him, he was family and we grieve with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Diane and Kerry Hanke
    Dorothy Burke

  6. I am so sorry to read of Richard’s passing. His smile and laughter brought joy to those who knew him. I am sure that Eva was there at the gates of Heaven to hug him and welcome him in.

  7. Richard captured a piece of my heart years ago and still today, I reminisce about our play sessions and his infectious laughter. It still rings in my ears ~ the sound of an angel. No words can express my deepest condolences. May He who neither sleeps nor slumbers keep and guide each of you.

  8. My dearest FeAna…what does a “sister” say in times like these? My heart, my very breath goes out to you in your time of missing Richard so terribly!! I hope to be there for you on the 14th of Sept and may have Amanda with me. The rest of my family is attempting the same. We are here for you whenever, for whatever you may need and however we can! We love you, FeAna! Our thoughts, prayers and condolences for you and your families.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss! We all send you & your family hugs and prayer for comfort and peace. He was so blessed to have all of you as I know you were blessed to have had him in your lives. God’s comfort and peace on you all during this very difficult time!! Much love!!

  10. We are very sorry to heard about your Grandson and Dave losing his on. We will be thinking ofyou in the days to come and nothing we can say will ever take care of the Hurt you are feeling with such a loss.

    Ralph and Darlene

  11. FeAn and Family, my sincere condolences to you upon your son’s passing. I too, have lost two sons and know the grief. My prayers and heart go out to you.

  12. FeAna, so sorry to hear about Richard. Praying for Gods peace and healing to be with you and your family.

  13. FeAnna I hope you remember me, Sue Baker from Grand Junction. I remember the countless hours you and I spent working with Richard as an infant trying and succeeding, I might add, at getting Richard to suck on a bottle so his feeding tube could be removed. What precious memories for me. I cannot express my sorrow at your loss. We had lost touch and I often wondered what had happened to you and if Richard was still at the regional center. Now he is with his heavenly Father. My deepest sympathy to you. I would love to hear from you to catch up.

    Sue

  14. To the family of Richard, The service was so nice, the pictures and music so special. We are thinking of you all.
    Love, Paula and Jim Berg

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