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Rick Ahlgren
  • October 10, 1951
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  • April 27, 2012

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  United States Military Veteran   Rick Allan Ahlgren passed away suddenly on April 27, 2012. Rick is survived by his 3 children, Ricky Ahlgren of San Diago, CA, Nina Ahlgren and Ethan Ahlgren, both of New Smyrna Beach, FL, his best friend and mother of his children Deborah Bauer Ahlgren of New Smyrna Beach, FL, his sister Laurie Ahlgren of Monroe, NY, niece Marla Cafarella of Central Valley, NY, mother- in-law Joyce Bauer of New Smyrna Beach, FL, sister-in-law Kris Bauer of Alexandria, VA, Brother-in-law Bill Bauer and nieces and nephews, and longtime companion Mary Hughes of Panama City, FL. He was born on October 10,1951 in Brooklyn, NY. Son of Allan and Dorothy Ahlgren, he graduated from Washingtonville High School, in Washingtonville, NY in 1969. He started his graphic design career at The Cornwall Local Newspaper in Cornwall, NY. In 1981, Rick and his wife Debbie started Bauer Typography in Beacon, NY, during which time he was an active participant in the community working with Howland Cultural Arts Center and the Garden Conservancy. In 1994 he and his family moved to New Smyrna Beach, FL where he pursued his 18 year career as a Freelance Graphic Designer. Rick was a loving and caring father, brother and friend. He loved taking his family out on boating trips on the river in New Smyrna Beach and spending time with his kids at their home. Rick was an accomplished musician who played guitar and harmonica. He loved performing and singing the songs of Neil Young. Rick will always be a beloved member of the Neil Young Rust List and has played with his dear rusted friends all over the United States. He regularly performed at coffee houses and open mics throughout the East Volusia area and was an integral part of those families. He was also an avid boater who loved the water and walks on the beach alone or with good friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to The Bridge School, founded by Neil Young and his wife, 545 Eucalyptus Ave, Hillsborough, CA 94010. Life Celebration will be from 6 to 8 PM Wednesday, May 2 at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place 1North Causeway New Smyrna Beach.

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  1. Jeff Parkes says:
    20 May 2012
    Rick was a great guy and a true professional in the industry. I was lucky to call him a friend.
    I've known him many years and will miss him as a friend and co-worker.
    Rick you and your family are in my prayers, God Bless.

  2. Pat (Berra) Reul Malone says:
    17 May 2012
    I have known Rick as a neighbor and friend of my late brother since the late 1960's. I went to the same high school and lived a few houses away form him and his family. I am lifelong friends with his sister and I will always think about him and am so very sad to hear he is gone. He was such a kind, nice vibrant person and it is very sad he left us so young. Rest In Peace.

  3. Dave Reid says:
    04 May 2012
    Although I never met Rick in person, my thoughts are with Mary & The Ahlgren family at this very sad time.

    He Sleeps with Angels....

  4. Rod Sims says:
    03 May 2012
    Rick, you zest for music and quirky smile will be missed. There will be music tonight in your honour, all the way down under. Be the rain my friend, be the ocean as it meets the sky.

  5. Dennis says:
    03 May 2012
    My good thoughts and prayers out to all of Rick's family and friends...

  6. Carla says:
    03 May 2012
    I never met Rick, but I felt like I knew him through his posts on the Rust list, and also from hearing him sing and play at OPL last October. I will miss his presence very much. My love and condolences to Rick's family and friends. All my best, Carla

  7. David Magda says:
    03 May 2012
    I also only met Rick a few times, the first being the Panama City Le Noise gathering, and it was a pleasure to do so. Having recently bought a home in that area I was looking forward to getting to know him better ... and I am sad that I will not have that opportunity. A gracious and smiling friend indeed. My condolences to all who were close to him, especially sweet Mary.

  8. Jeff Beattie says:
    03 May 2012
    Rick was the first friend we made after moving to New Symrna Beach in 2010. One of the nicest and most selfless guys ever. Fun to jam with and always up for it. Missing you....

  9. Jim Dickie says:
    03 May 2012
    Although we had only met a few times he was always great to be around - very positive and happy. My condolences to everyone close to him. He will be missed - and remembered - around the rusted campfires.

  10. BUGs says:
    03 May 2012
    met Rick once at IRF in Cali. .....worked with him on several "Rustie" projects (shirts & buttons). My condolences and good thoughts to the family. Everytime we lose a Rustie I lose a little bit of my heart! .....so long Rick, see you someday in that big Neil-fest in the sky!

  11. Rick Ridderbusch says:
    03 May 2012
    Only got to see Rick when he came out for our annual gathering in Ca. One of the nicest guys you could ever meet. We are all going to miss Rick for a long time.

  12. Marty Redsun says:
    03 May 2012
    I still can't believe, Rick is gone, too far gone. Gone, but not forgotten.
    Rick, you will always live on in our hearts and memory.
    Even if I live on the other side of the Ocean in Germany, I always felt, we were allied through our love for music. And wasn't that fun, jamming along at OPL, IRF the last couple of years in California?

    Now he's gone
    like a shooting star
    Trail of dreams
    tragic trail of fire
    Now he's gone
    like a shooting star
    Driveby, Driveby,
    Driveby, Driveby.

    Miss you, Rick!

    "send a song to a distant star"

  13. Tim T. says:
    02 May 2012
    I'm a better person for having known Rick If you knew him, well, then you knew a true Rustie. May you have peace of mind and of heart as you let him go.

  14. Sharry Wilson says:
    02 May 2012
    I was so very sad to hear about Rick's sudden passing. My sincerest condolences to Mary, his family and other loved ones.
    I didn't know Rick as well as some others, but we had been in communication over the past three years. (We were both long-time admirers of Neil Young's work.) Rick had been assisting me with some research for a book I'm writing about Neil's childhood. He kindly offered to do some legwork in New Smyrna Beach and sent valuable information (as well as some photos). He expressed that he had enjoyed the experience. I was very appreciative of his kindness and thoughtfulness. (I plan to include his name in the Acknowledgments.) I'll truly miss him and remember him as an open and genuinely good person. RIP, Rick...

  15. Linda says:
    02 May 2012
    I went to school with Rick. My condolences to the family. God Bless

  16. Linda says:
    02 May 2012
    I went to school with Rich. My condolences to the family. God Bless

  17. Tom says:
    02 May 2012
    I was so sorry to hear about Rick's passing. I was lucky to have met him at the IRF last fall. My condolences to the his family and friends.

  18. Jon Wehan says:
    02 May 2012
    You are dearly missed Rick. Your personality was calm. Your spirit was high! Us rusties have lost a friend way too soon.Peace everyone.

  19. David Kurie says:
    02 May 2012
    Rick, Just an all-around good guy...you are missed. Keep on rockin'!

  20. Robert & Karen says:
    02 May 2012
    Rick was a wonderful person. Even though we live on the other side of the world (Australia) I always felt he was right here in my ear giving me advice. :) Once a year at Neil Young's Bridge shows we always had a great time jamming and playing and all sorts of stuff.
    Our condolences to Mary and the Ahlgren family.

    We will miss you Rick

    Robert & Karen

  21. Karen Barry Schwarz says:
    02 May 2012
    RIck, I miss you already. Dear Mary and Family and Friends, I enjoyed Rick so much as a fellow Rustie and friend, we had many happy times talking about Neil Young's music, and playing guitar and harmonica together He was full of life, and added so much to any gathering he was at. Much Love, Karen

  22. Mo says:
    02 May 2012
    In your honor, I'll take a walk on the beach and then drink a margarita. I'll laugh and remember so many fun jobs together and so many conversations. Glad our paths crossed. Miss you, Rick.

  23. Penny says:
    02 May 2012
    I worked with Rick on many Avon shows through the years. I loved seeing him in action and enjoyed his humour and wit. We always had fun when we worked together late into the evening. Rick you were a talented guy and have led a full life. Steve and I (as well as the rest of the Avon clan) will miss you. Thanks for being my friend and hope you are up there eating Creme Brulee and having a big margarita! I miss you.

  24. Stephen Hausler says:
    02 May 2012
    Rick was one of the finest folks I have ever had the privlidge to call my Friend! Funny, smart, talented and Compassionate!

    Rick, you are so deeply missed!

    my heartfealt condolences go out to your family and loved ones in this difficult time.

  25. Eric says:
    02 May 2012
    I didn't know Rick personally, but one night I attended a popular open music jam in town. I was in another room and heard this man singing and playing this song. I had to go see who it was. I was very impressed. Being a longtime musician myself I could tell Rick was the real deal. A musician's musician.

    Peace brother!

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