Sunday, June 28, 2009

Comments about Ron's memorial service

In these past few days, I have heard some wonderful comments about Ron’s memorial service. Below are a few that were posted on

“Ron's service was very nice - especially the scripture from Isaiah 11:2-9 & the hymns, "All Creatures of Our God and King" & "All Things Bright and Beautiful". The priest's homily spoke of how Ron tried to live so as to see Isaiah 11 fulfilled - how Ron believed that loving our neighbor includes loving not just our human neighbors, but all creatures on this earth. That was the Ron I knew - an agent of peace, kindness, mercy and compassion - for all creatures, great or small!”

“Beautiful service. Glad so many people came to it.”

“I didn't give this a ‘great’ rating due to the sad nature of the event, but I was blessed to attend. The church was filled to overflowing - over 100 people attended, & most stayed for the vegan meal following the service! Thanks to all of the FMVeg members who brought food and served in the kitchen. Many of Ron's family & church friends made very positive comments, and I'm sure Ron would have been pleased.”

“ It was a good service, the sermon/Gospel was perfect for Ron. We were worried that we wouldn't have enough food, but it all worked out....the loaves multiplied..."

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ronald Joseph Richard

(January 28, 1950-June 18, 2009)

Ron Richard, 59, died June 18, 2009 at Innvois Health, Fargo, as a result of injuries he sustained in a bike accident on June 1.

Ron, an only child, was born January 28, 1950 to Darlene and Frank Richard in Fargo, ND. He graduated from Moorhead State in 1975 with a degree in English literature and earned an MS at North Dakota State in 1977 in counseling psychology. He worked at the counseling center at Mankato State University in MN and as a family counselor in a pilot program sponsored by HEW for family rehabilitation in Glasgow, MT.

In 1980 he moved to San Francisco where he began a career in banking. He was a systems analyst and project manager for many years at Cal Fed Bank and then Citibank. During that time, he pursued an MBA in accounting at Golden Gate University in San Francisco and earned a certificate in systems analysis from UC Davis.

In 1990 he bought a small house with a large lot on a quiet, tree-lined street in Vallejo, CA. He lived there for many happy years with a large number of companion dogs and cats that he rescued.

Ron was a passionate environmentalist and animal rights activist. He was especially committed to the work of PETA. He took great pride in the simple, Earth-friendly, vegan life that he and his animal family lived, and often commented that they had brought Isaiah’s vision to reality.

In 1995, Ron contracted HIV. He subsequently participated in a five-year study through the UCSF Aids Research Program on the long term effects of HIV medications.

Ron returned to Fargo in 2006, and was very active at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo. In that time he served on the Vestry and as Treasurer for the congregation.

Ron’s final requests were that all financial memorials be made to PETA, but that a more lasting and joyful memorial would be to adopt and promote a vegetarian lifestyle.

Ron is survived by his mother, Darlene Richard of Fargo. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank.

Visitation will be from 6-7 PM Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, with a prayer service at 7PM Tuesday at Boulger Funeral Home.

The Burial Liturgy for Ron will be held 1 PM Wednesday June 24, 2009 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo.

A vegan lunch will be served by the Fargo Moorhead Vegetarians and Vegans ( following the memorial service.

Burial of ashes will be in the family plot at Holy Cross North Cemetery in Fargo.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Memorial service for Ron Richard scheduled

Greetings St. Stephen’s family:

As you all know by now, Ron Richard passed away very suddenly on Thursday, June 18. I had visited him the day before at ManorCare, where we shared Holy Communion and joked. He was in great spirits and looked wonderful.

I met with his family and friend this afternoon and together we planned his memorial service, according to Ron's wishes.

The memorial service has been scheduled for 1:00 PM Wednesday, June 24 at St. Stephen’s.

There will be a prayer service at 7:00 PM on Tuesday night at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, led by Fr. Peter Hughes (Ron’s mother’s priest).

Committal of ashes will follow in the family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fargo.

Please continue to remember Ron's soul in your prayers. Also please do continue praying for Ron's mother, Darlene, for their extended family and all of their friends.

Memorials are requested to PETA.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

- peace,

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Prayers for the soul of Ron Richard

Your prayers are requested for the soul of Ron Richard, who passed away very suddenly on Thursday, June 18.

Please pray also for his mother, Darlene.

Service arrangements are pending and will be shared when they are available.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord:
And let light perpetual shine upon him.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jamie+'s Ordination Anniversary

Your prayers are requested
on the fifth anniversary of my
Ordination to the Priesthood
on Thursday, June 11, 2009

For those of you in the Fargo-Moorhead area
please join me at
the celebration of the Holy Eucharist
6:00 PM
Wednesday night
June 10, 2009
The Eve of the Feast of St. Barnabas the Apostle
at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
120 21 Avenue North

with a celebratory supper afterward at
Usher’s House Restaurant
700 1 Ave. N.
Moorhead, MN

Monday, June 1, 2009

Prayers for the soul of Lynette Mulcahy

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Lynette Mulcahy, sister of Russ Nylander. The funeral will be 2:00 PM Thursday at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church near Detroit Lakes.

Please also keep in your prayers Russ and Laura Nylander and their family during this time.

Lynette's obituary follows.

- peace,

The Reverend Jamie A. Parsley


Lynette M. Mulcahy

Lynette M. Mulcahy, 53, rural Audubon, MN, died Sunday, May 31, 2009 at her home under the care of Hospice Of The Red River Valley. Mass Of Christian Burial will be 2:00 PM Thursday, June 4 at St. Mary Of The Lake Catholic Church in rural Detroit Lakes, Fr. Robert LaPlante, officiating. Friends may call 4:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday, June 3 and 1:00 – 2:00 PM Thursday, June 4 at St. Mary Of The Lake Church.

Lynette Marie Mulcahy was born February 7, 1956 in Detroit Lakes, MN to Lester and Veronica Nylander. She was raised and educated in rural Audubon and was a 1974 graduate of Audubon High School. Lynette was united in marriage with Keith Mulcahy April 9, 1973 in St. Joseph, Michigan. They made their home in rural Audubon where Lynette worked for Randy’s On Lake Eunice and the Cormorant Pub. For the past 17 years, she had been the assistant gambling manager for the Cormorant Sportsman’s Club.

Lynette enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family; gardening, flowers, going to the casino and making craft items.

Survivors include her husband, Keith of rural Audubon; three daughters, Stacey (Matt) Anderson of Lake Park, MN, Mandy (Jason Hunter) Mulcahy of Fargo, ND and Christina (Justin) Wuollet of Audubon, MN; six grandchildren, Hayley Kapusta, Carissa, Catlyn, Jason “Lil J” , Jada Hunter and Ethan Wuollet; her Mother, Veronica Nylander of Audubon, MN; brother, Russell (Laura) Nylander of Moorhead, MN; three sisters, LuAnn (Bob) Porter of Detroit Lakes, LaVonne (Rich) Langord of Moorhead, MN and Lori Thompson of Audubon, MN. She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Nylander