February 20, 2015
Thinking of you —
Someone asked me the other day who my first crush was. I immediately smiled and said that it was Ronnie Piel, the boy who lived across the street. I will always remember you and how we used to play hide and seek in your basement. You gave me my first kiss when we were hiding together one day. You will always have a special place in my heart, Ronnie. I was very sad when I heard you had left us. I don’t know what the reason behind your pain was, but I hope that your spirit is now free and joyful, as you were when I knew you as a boy. Love always, Heather
Heather Helmbrecht (email@example.com)
29 April, 2003
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hope of its children.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower April 14, 1953
09 November, 2000
To the Mother of Ronald Stephen Piel:
I too have lost my son to suicide on July 27, 1997. He too was 30 years old. His memorial is on this website also. His name is Billy Ray Wheeler, Jr., and he was my pride and joy. I don’t know what happened to him other than he chose to leave us. Why I do not know. The pain was so great. I don’t know how I made it through the first year. It was so hard and painful. But, I know you know how I feel. Pray for me. I will pray for you and your family. I had to spend that first year by myself, and I will never know how I survived. I was like a zombie, not knowing where I was, what I was doing and crying all the time. I had to work and it was most terrible, but most people can’t deal with someone who has had a close member of their family to commit suicide. It was the most terrible thing. I also was alone in a state with no relatives. It was hard and is still hard today because a day does not go by without my thoughts going to my son, but it does get easier, not that you will forget for you will never, but the pain does get a little easier and you can go on. I’m sorry to hear of your loss, for I also feel your pain. God bless you and Ron and Billy Ray.
09 May, 1999
Well it’s Mother’s Day son. I want to cancel today and ignore it but everywhere I look the message is there. Mothers with their children around them, flowers, messages of love. I’m just alone and empty thinking of nothing but the fact that you’re gone. It’s been 6 weeks now and sometimes it feels like an eternity since I got the news you were gone. Other times it feels like it was just yesterday. This is the loneliest day of my life. I wish I could have seen you one more time and held you one more time. You have left such hurt, pain and emptiness son. God I hope it was worth it for you because I never wanted you to be in so much pain. I try to forget what I want and remember what is best for you, but it’s so hard. I love you Ron. Your Mom
29 April, 1999
Just wanted you to know how much you’re missed and loved. Love, Mom
24 April, 1999
To Ron’s Mom…..I know your pain. I know your torment. My daughter was 27 yrs old. I lost her in l998. I don’t think the world will go on either, I know I cannot. But in our grief, we must be strong for our children. For your Ron and my Tracy. I have just found this site and it gives me some comfort, not feeling so alone. I am sending photos and information on Tracy today, to be included in this space where we can reach out and maybe somehow comfort each other. I pray that you can be strong and I want you to pray for me and all of these others that have lost children, for we are indeed a group that are alone. No other human being can even try to imagine this pain, unless their child is gone. God be with you and your family…….
Becky Kennedy (Becky.Kennedy@ncmail.net)
16 April, 1999
Wishing you moments of peace during this soul-shattering journey.
Damian – Forever and a day
10 April, 1999
We are very sorry about the lose of your son Ronnie. We are with you in our hearts and spirit. Be strong for for he is a peace now and is watching over you. Always, Judy and Family
13 April, 1999
Son, I was here with you on Sat and left flowers for you again, but you didn’t get those either. Maybe I left them at 1000 deaths. My mind is so short circuited right now I really couldn’t tell. Your death has left me unable to function in anything I do. I drop things, almost get into accidents driving, don’t want to go anywhere or do anything. Fred bought me a big pink bunny and I was taking it to bed with me so that I could feel closer to you and feel that I was able to comfort you in your emotional pain. I wish you would have sought help Ron. Why didn’t you? I guess I know the answer to that, but I was hoping that influence was not that strong on you. I guess I was wrong. Peace be with you son.
I came to be with you on Friday while they were having your memorial service on Friday and left you flowers then, but I guess it didn’t make it here. Know that you were in my thoughts and my heart and always will be.
Love you much
10 April, 1999
Today they are burying you and this is supposed to mark an end to the tragedy of your loss. For me, my pain still lingers at the loss of a son I loved more than life itself. I know you would rather be scattered in the wind from a mountain top, but we needed to make visiting you easier for the sons you left behind. Someday, when they are old enough to understand, we will scatter you and you will feel the freedom you have always wanted.
09 April, 1999
Well they are having your memorial service in Horicon at this very moment. Although I’m not there, know that my heart, spirit and soul are there. I love you so very much.
08 April, 1999
I pray you have found peace. Perhaps you have met my son, Craig. Love and prayers, Beth
08 April, 1999
Caressa, tender thoughts are sent with flowers to you and your dear Ron. I am also on the POS list. We will be with you. – Jackie (mom of Jess, 11/27/69 – 6/13/97)
08 April, 1999
I’m thinking of you always
Karen Theobald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
08 April, 1999
Rest in gentle peace and maybe you will find my son, Sean, on the other side, as I have found your loving mother on this side. Gently, Karen,
Carlos Lujan (email@example.com)
07 April, 1999
Sunflowers for Ronald Piel…Your spirit will stand tall, like a sunflower, bathe in the light…Rest in peace
07 April, 1999
for ronald piel from tami and roy murdock: May ron now enjoy the paradise promised by Jesus.
John and Mary Copeland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
06 April, 1999
We’re so sorry to hear of Ron’s death. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through these next difficult days and weeks. Our son, Luke, suicided on September 16, 1996. Please know that you can make it through this.
Mary and John
God loves Luke and Ron
05 April, 1999
For my loving son. Rest in Peace.
03 April, 1999
May You Finally Have Found Peace. Know That I Will Miss You Terribly.