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Rick you were taken way too young. I will always have fond memories of being one of your first groupies back in the early 70's when you were playing with Bob Frye and Mark Slompka. Thanks for selling me your 12 string guitar and teaching me a few songs on it. See you in Heaven one day. I know you are rocking with the Lord and He's loving what He's hearing. RIP <3>
Jennifer (aka Doris Childers)

Posted by: Jennifer Hooper - Los Angeles, CA - friend and groupie from the 70's   Apr 11, 2014

My love to this family <3>

Posted by: Stella Rothe - Sterling Heights, MI   Apr 11, 2014

We go through life hoping that we can be a good person who is compassionate, gentile and kind, have a positive impact on others, bring joy to others, make people smile, and be a loving and generous person. Rick, you have succeeded and have left an impact on so many more people than you ever imagined due to your kind and humble nature, the dedication and pride you took in your engineering work, and your incredible talent and passion for

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Posted by: Dwight Martindale - Washington, MI   Apr 11, 2014
Playing with Rick and the Rick Stel Project. Photo by Ingo Rautenberg.

I am honored to call you my friend Rick. You know, I was trying to recall you ever saying anything bad about anybody. I couldn't come up with anything. You made this world a better place and made my life so much richer. Until we meet again. As they say in the old Cowboy's Prayer, "Welcome to heaven Cowboy, your entry fees are paid."

Posted by: Bobby Murray - Detroit, MI - Friend   Apr 11, 2014

Extremely sorry for your loss. May The Lord give you strength thru this difficult time.

Posted by: Jeff Deneweth - Clinton Township, MI - co worker   Apr 11, 2014

A talented and warm MusicMaker!

Posted by: Elayne Sikelianos - Detroit, MI - friend, fan   Apr 11, 2014

Such a beautifully worded obituary a nice tribute. Was deeply saddened to hear of Rick's passing. A great talent who was much needed to make his music heard in heaven. May God wrap you all in His loving comforting arms and give you peace.

Posted by: Diana Samuel Wilczewski - TX - Friend from long ago   Apr 11, 2014

Dear Rick, you leave am impression on my heart , I will remember you always . Rest in Peace my friend !

Posted by: Lisa W - Troy, MI - Friend   Apr 11, 2014

Dearest Dick, Eric, Laura, & Family, we're so sorry for the loss of your loved one .Rick was special and so was his music . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Our deepest Sympathy, Robin & Mike Fla.......

Posted by: Robin & Mike Preziosi - Deerfield Beach, FL - Friends from Deer Creek   Apr 11, 2014

Richard Salansky Sr., We are saddened by the loss of your son Rick and know well that your faith and trust in God will bring support to your family during this difficult time. Our sincere condolences to Rick's son and his dearest loves. Rest in peace Rick.

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die". - Thomas Campbell

Posted by: Joe and Candace Davi - Orlando, FL - Friend of the family   Apr 10, 2014