We live in Rice Lake area, and the loss is personal to us. We never forget to keep the family members of those killed in the incident in our prayers. We wish and prayer God gives them the strength and courage to confront the loss and go ahead with their life. There is no doubt the loss of a dear one cannot be substituted. Yet, life has to go on and we as a community have and will support them in every possible way. The news is not just personal to Rice Lake but also to every hunter in the Wisconsin state. These brave hunters will remain in our thoughts for life.
Being a neighbor of Bob, I am close to his wife Jean and can understand the trauma she is undergoing. Bob’s son Carter and daughter Vanessa have been devoid of the love of their dad. My husband and Bob were friends for long, and the grief it has brought to my family is beyond imagination. Not a day passes by without talking about Bob and how we missed him. Years have gone by yet it is almost impossible to forget the tragic incident that took away six precious lives. We have faith in God and always pray for the well being of Jean and her kids.
All we can say is there are many community members out here who are with you. We are one big family and have not forgotten those special moments we cherished with Bob. All I want to say is keep your faith in God, and he will help tide the loss. I still feel bad about the unfortunate incident and always wish that it could have been averted. I still find it hard to believe that such an incident has occurred, and we have lost our loved ones in the act of hatred and racism.
Denny Drew is a native of Rice Lake and spent most of his life here except to attend to duty at Vietnam, and during the period he was posted at Fort Campbell, KY, and Fort Carson, CO. Danny is a hunter, and he was much involved in the sport. He would never want to miss the card night that happens at Willers cabin where friends and family gather to have fun. The group is a regular at Rice Lake, and they have hunted here for several years. Denny worked at the General Telephone and took early retirement.
He was not a person to idle away his time. He teamed with Lauren Hesebeck and sold Ford trucks and cars. Being a native of the place he excelled in his new profession. Denny is survived by sons Paul, Anthony and daughter Heather. A big family Denny was always the center of attraction for his bright smile and witty nature. He was always special and was the most expected member during family gatherings. Denny will be missed, and the emptiness can never be replaced. His sudden death at the Rice Lake Hunting spot where he was shot came as a shock to the community members.
May his soul rest in peace!
Robert and Joseph Crotteau would have attended the reunion in 2008 if they survived the Rice Lake Hunting shootout. The family still grieves the death of the two in the tragic incident that took away six lives. We really miss Robert and Joseph this time and every time. My thoughts are always with them. It is hard to forget them, and I understand the amount of pain their family must be undergoing. I would like to say the duo will be remembered in our prayers and will remain fresh in our thoughts for years to come. I would like their families to pray to the Almighty for strength and support.
Words are not enough to express my agony, and sorry is just a small word to render to the bereaved family. May God bless their family members with strength and faith to overcome this loss and stay connected to their roots. The senseless act of heinous crime has left Rice Lake residents with heavy heart. There is sure no replacement for the six lovely people who died in this shootout. My heart goes out to their families and all we can say that we are always with them as a son, daughter, father, and friend.
I would like to register my sincere sympathies to the family members of the deceased. The lives of a few good people could have been protected but now that it has happened all we can do is give our love, prayers, support and kindness to the family of the deceased. At no point will the community stop supporting the family members of those mercilessly killed. Remember at any point in time that we are here as pillars of support and you can approach us anytime. Rice Lake community is like a family and we strive to uphold values in our society. This heinous act has left our family, shattered and speechless. But we have gathered our wits and have fought for justice. For those who believe in God, the death is for the body and not the soul. Their souls will remain with us forever guiding us and showing us the right path.