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About 10 years ago Colleen Cargould's daughter, Allison, was supposed to go to a Cleveland Cavaliers father-daughter night basketball game when bad weather left her dad stranded out of town.
Cargould's nephew Rick Schoepe stepped in so Allison didn't have to miss the game.
Schoepe, she said, would never miss an opportunity to do something for his family -- especially if it involved going to a Cavs game.
"He was willing to do anything for anybody," Cargould said of her nephew. "And he loved his Ohio sports teams, he was so looking forward to these seasons coming up for the Browns and Cavs."
But Schoepe won't see LeBron James step back onto the court as a Cavalier or find out if Johnny Football wins the starting job for the Browns. Instead, his Johnny Manziel jersey was in his casket with him when he was laid to rest on July 23.
Schoepe was killed on July 17 when he was hit by a car in the parking lot of Star of the West Milling Co. in downtown Kent where he worked.
All who knew him say the 37-year-old Rootstown resident lived for three things -- his family, his work and his love of sports.
"I remember the day he told us he was getting married, and when the kids were born, he was so excited," Cargould said. "He was such a great dad and husband. It just breaks my heart to see how crushed his wife is every day. He won't be there to walk his daughter down the aisle, or give his son advice about being husband and father, because his family was his life."
Whether it was watching a game at home with family and friends, or coaching his children Kyale and Spencer in baseball or wrestling, Schoepe spent his time with the people he loved, doing what they loved to do together.
"He was always just very happy with his family," said his sister, Megan Rutter. "He only ever worked and did things with his family, but he had a lot of friends who'd come over or they'd hang out with their kids at sporting events."
Rutter, who lives in New Mexico, said her brother was the one who stayed to help her after her first daughter was born. Since their mother Cindy died seven years ago, Schoepe --pronounced "Shapey" -- was never more than a text message or phone call away for her or his nieces and nephew.
"He was the one who understood me and would always talk whenever I needed to," she said.
Rutter said they shared in each other's lives by trading photos.
"He's always been there for me and wants to know about my kids," she said. "Some days are really hard; because my oldest daughter just started high school and that's something I know he'd have wanted to see."
Schoepe's father-in-law even liked him.
"He was just a great father and husband, and he was like a son to me," said Steve Clifford. "Any time you needed help, if it was possible for him to be there he was there."
Clifford said he never had to worry about his daughter, Farrah, or his grandchildren because he knew they were always safe and secure with Schoepe around.
If Schoepe wasn't there, he was working, and Clifford said he also respected his son-in-law's work ethic.
"There were times he worked 20 days in a row," he said. "When he did get a day off it was a real pleasure for him."
Darrell Bilby, Schoepe's friend and co-worker at Star of the West Milling Co., said Schoepe was invaluable to the company.
"He was always there, and he only called off if the kids or family were sick. If he was sick, he still worked," Bilby said. "He knew the place inside and out -- that was a lot of knowledge and experience they lost. You just don't pull someone off the street and teach them the things Rick knew in a couple months."
If he wasn't at work or at home, Schoepe was involved with coaching his kids or someone else's in sports.
"Eric Kline, who runs the Ravenna Youth Wrestling Program, got to know Schoepe more while coaching Spencer, who has been in that program for four years, and is a state qualifier. Schoepe was Kline's assistant coach last year.
"Wrestling is very family oriented, and Rick was very good with that," he said. "He'd load the kids up in his car and take them to tournaments. He was just a great guy, who did a great job and he'd help anybody."
The car that killed Schoepe was driven by Allison Eileen Barton, 22, of Rootstown, who police have charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and heroin.
Schoepe's friends and family mostly say she's not worth their consideration.
"I don't give her a thought, she's already ruined her life," Clifford said. "There's more tragedy to come with her."
"I don't think however long she gets is ever going to be enough," Rutter said. "I'm never going to feel like I got any justice from it."
Benefits are scheduled to help the Schoepe family.
On Aug. 20, the Kent American Legion Riders will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner in Schoepe's honor from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Legion hall, 1945 Mogadore Road.
The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children ages 10 and under.
Meanwhile, a 5K run plus 1-mile walk/fun-run dubbed Race 4 Rick is planned for Sept. 21 with registrations beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ravenna High School Stadium, 6589 N. Chestnut St.
To register online, visit www.champracing.org. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page under Race 4 Rick, or email Race4Rick@gmail.com.
Registration costs $25 for the 5K, which begins at 9 a.m., and $20 for the mile walk and fun run, which begins at 8:15 a.m.
All event proceeds will go to Schoepe's family.
Donations also are being accepted at any Chase Bank to the Farrah Schoepe Donation Account.
Daily, lets each of us breathe a prayer of love and support for this beautiful young family. God Bless you Farrah, Kyale and Spencer