OBITUARY

Richard (Rick) Peter Nashleanas

December 15, 1957August 24, 2016
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Richard (Rick) Peter Nashleanas, beloved husband and father, passed away suddenly on August 24, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa on December 15, 1957, the youngest of three children born to Peter Adam Nashleanas and Eleanor Theresa Shuck.

Rick graduated from East High School in 1976. After graduation, he attended Washington University in St. Louis, and studied economics under a Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarship. He then attended Indiana University, Bloomington, where he earned his MBA.

Family, friends, and colleagues were extremely important in his life, and he made a point to bring a smile to the faces of everyone he met. He enjoyed traveling with his family, finding new adventures along the way, and playing piano. He had an incredible sense for fun, lived fully in every moment, and was committed to serving others throughout his life.

As an entrepreneur, he was also passionate about building distinguished businesses in the technology community. He founded Eden Systems Corporation and Monarch Digital, the latter of which was where he worked up until his passing. He enjoyed building relationships with his clients and mentoring others, especially his “guys” at Monarch Digital, and he was an active member of the Drupal website development community.

Rick leaves behind to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Patricia Nashleanas; two loving sons, Patrick Lance Nashleanas and Richard James Nashleanas; two siblings, Michael Nashleanas and Marcia Rissler; in addition to a host of other extended, adoring family members and friends.

A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2016 starting at 2pm at Swan Law Funeral Directors, 501 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. Anyone who knew Rick is welcome to attend.

Two of Rick’s many passions were music and mentoring. Donations in Rick’s honor can be made to the nonprofit organization, Bringing Music to Life (www.bringingmusictolife.org), which provides musical instruments to children who want to learn how to play but cannot afford to buy or rent an instrument.

Services

  • Service of Remembrance Saturday, September 3, 2016
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Richard (Rick) Peter Nashleanas

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Donna Geary

September 8, 2016

Dear Pat and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and forever more.

God bless you all.

Donna Geary and Family

Michelle Alvis

September 2, 2016

What a delightful person Rick is, was and always will be! I feel blessed to have worked down the hall from him and to have had occasions to talk with him. His booming laughter resonating throughout our second floor offices alone was joyful background music to the day. I'll forever treasure that sound and will replay it in my mind now that he has gone upward and onward.

No surprise either, Rick would talk about Pat and their sons - things they were doing, things they had done and things they wanted yet to do - and always, always his voice was filled with such obvious delight and love for them...ALWAYS. I will remember you, friend.

Tonee Peterson Erickson

August 31, 2016

Rick & I were high school friends! Music was a pretty big part of our lives in high school! He could play many instruments and had a wonderful voice! We went to his senior prom together! Will never forget how he asked my mom to borrow my shell that went with my dress! He showed up with the most beautiful bouquet a girl could ever ask for! The flowers match identically to the flowers in my dress! Such a wonderful time we had! I will never forget his big smile! Rick had the biggest heart too! I'm so glad we were able to reconnect on FB! Prayers to you, Pat and family!

Richard and Linda Firth

August 30, 2016

Pat and I worked together at CTU and that is how I came to meet and know Rick. I have a number of fond memories of him. Dinners at nice restaurants that my wife Linda and I shared with Pat and Rick. A Christmas party at their house where we ended up in another room watching the end of a Bronco's game, ignoring the rest of the guests.
My favorite memory of Rick, however, comes from a CTU conference that Pat and I attended in Chicago. Pat brought Rick so they could spend the weekend in the city. I brought Linda so we could spend the weekend visiting with her sister-in-law in a Chicago suburb. In typical corporate fashion the three day event was beyond mind numbing. At the end of the closing day Pat and I were drained. Rick suggested that the best remedy for our condition, and the most appropriate start to the weekend, was a quick trip to the nearest liquor store. So we piled in his rental car and headed out into a bright, sunny Chicago afternoon. The mood felt like we were kids at the beginning of summer break, all joking and laughter, finally released from the drudgery of our three days of mindless corporate work. Our purchases made, we returned to Rick and Pat's hotel room where he played the perfect host, encouraging us to rant and vent, commiserating at our stories and observations, and laughing right along with us. Rick knew exactly what we needed at that moment and he was gracious enough to deliver it. Those few hours were very special to me and it still makes me smile to think of it.
Rest in peace, Rick. Your memory will always be with us.

Karyn Cassio

August 29, 2016

I have spent much of this weekend trying to find exactly the right words ... I am still searching. Rick was one of the good ones. It sounds so cliché, but it's so true. I can hear him calling my name, with such energy, and truly heart felt warmth, every time he'd see me. I will miss seeing him at the various Drupal events, cons, camps, etc. and will always have fond memories of working with him on organizing Drupalcons throughout the years. I will never forget huddling in his tent for our Drupal Camping trip, while the storm raged outside. "Don't sit against the tent walls", as we told stories, and hoped to stay warm and dry. Your memory will live on for a long time my friend. I miss you already. Gone too soon. <3

Carolee Hayes

August 28, 2016

Rick was my brother-in-law. We had many years of laughter and love in our families. He always brought joy into the room and gave each one of our kids and grandkids the time of their lives with his "crazy uncle" antics. We love you and miss you so much. We cannot replace you in Pat's life, but know we will love her and care for her like you would want. Hope there is chocolate and diet coke in heaven!

Bob and Wendy Tripp

August 28, 2016

We loved blending our families and knowing you. We will miss you greatly but rest assured we will continue to keep Pat, RJ and Patrick close. Love you Rick!

Ron & Sylvia Retzer

August 28, 2016

We were privileged to have Rick, Pat, Patrick and Richard as neighbors and friends for many years. We have fond memories of sharing fun times and laughter. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness at the tragic loss of Rick...our hearts go out to you and your family in your time of sorrow.

John Fiala

August 28, 2016

I wish I'd known him better, and I miss him now that he's gone.

Patti and John Rosenkranz

August 27, 2016

"Rick and Pat visited us in St. Louis this summer. As we toured the main attractions of our city, Rick and Pat walked down memory lane and shared touching stories of their courtship at WU and early years of marriage in Clayton. Rick was an amazing man who loved life. He adored Pat and was very proud of Patrick and RJ. We knew him only for a brief time but we felt as though we had been friends forever."