Rick was a husband, father, friend and Veteran of the US Army. He loved nature and spent a lot of time in the woods. He said, "that's where he talked to God and you have to do that where you are comfortable." He saw goodness in others and was always willing to help those in need.
The Rick Estes Memorial Fund
In honor of Rick's memory, the Estes family request donations be made to Armed Forces Mission.
Armed Forces Mission is leading the charge to build cultures of health in the communities we serve through Intervention training and Rapid Response Intervention. AFM has trained more than 20,000 participants in the Intervene Challenge including US Army, US Air Force, Homeland Security and more than 500 law enforcement agencies.
The University of North Georgia is a strong base of outreach for AFM having hosted four training events. In August AFM Executive Director Chaplain (LTC) Kenneth Koon (class of 86) will train cadet leadership in the Listen Learn Lead model of Intervention. In September for National Suicide Prevention Month the Corps of Cadets will host AFM's Courageous Challenge for the second time, a Company Push up event and AFM's annual Fund Campaign.
Donations in memory of Rick will be used to sustain the mission in the North Georgia region in building a culture of health that helps build resilience and hope for individuals at risk of mental health crisis.
Rick Estes, age 57 of Ball Ground, passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at his residence. The family will receive friends at Darby Funeral Home on Sunday, July 11th from 1-2:30 pm. The funeral will follow the visitation at 3pm in the chapel of Darby Funeral Home with Chaplain Ken Koon officiating. A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 26th at 2pm at Georgia National Cemetery.