Senior Master SGT Patrick “Rick” Charles Sarchet, U.S. Air Force Retired, 53, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Jernigan-Warren Chapel with burial following in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with full Military Honors.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Charles William Sarchet.
He is survived by his son, Steffen Sarchet; mother, Leonore Sarchet; sister, Janette Sarchet Keaton; nieces, Kierrah Keaton, Tiffany Warrens and her husband Willie; great nieces, Saray and Leah and a great nephew Jayden; Fiance Rhonda Pate.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Jernigan-Warren Chapel.
Jernigan Warren Funeral Home
Thursday August 10th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
545 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Jernigan Warren Chapel
Friday August 11th, 2017
545 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Sandhills State Veteran's Cemetery
Friday August 11th, 2017
8220 Bragg Blvd.
Ft. Bragg, NC 28310
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My deep condolences go to the Sarchet family on the loss of your precious loved one. Losing a loved one is never easy. The emotional pain & emptiness is so real. But, I would like to share what helped us when our daughter fell asleep in death and recently my beloved husband of 50 years.
It was indeed the gift that the Most High God gave to each & everyone of us. And that is His written Word the Bible. In it contains many many words of comfort. I would like to share what has and is helping me. Please, notice God's son Jesus comforting view of death. At John 11:11-14 it brings out that Jesus viewed death as one sleeping. And not that one is here or there. I wondered will I see my loved ones again? And from the Scriptures the answer is "yes." Please, notice these few Scriptures: Isaiah 33:24(No more sickness) Revelation 21:4(No more pain, sorrow or death) John 5:28, 29(the Resurrection hope). And, it says where at Psalm 37:11 & Psalm 37:29 brings out how long that will last. As you ponder over these few Scriptures may it bring you some comfort knowing the Most High God will fulfill His promises(Psalm 83:18 & Titus 1:2).
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Submitted by Sissy Dixon on Aug 18 2017 07:03:57 AM
Such a great loss. Rick has always been a loving and caring nephew. He also is a great role model for you, Steffen. My prayers are with you all. Love you (Aunt) Darlene Barge.
Submitted by Darlene Barge on Aug 12 2017 08:46:58 PM
Hello Sarchet Family,I'm a neighbor living in Fayetteville.
Having heard of your most recent loss, I want to leave you a brief post. I too well know, the grief of losing love ones and that at times like these, it is encouraging just to know that others are thinking about us. Something that has really helped me to deal with such losses, is the wonderful promise of Christ Jesus, recorded for our comfort at John 5 :28,29. I hope , that when you are feeling up to it, that you are going to look up these powerful Scriptures, in your copy of The Bible. Also, I hope that this brief note, finds The Family feeling as good as can be expected Today.
With Greatest Sympathy, Your Neighbor : P.D.Walker.
Submitted by P.D.Walker on Aug 12 2017 08:58:41 AM
Eulogy delivered 11 Aug 2017
Mrs. Sarchet, Janett, Steffen, family and friends, we gather today amidst a paradox of emotions … saddened by our loss of a son, a brother, a father, an uncle, a close friend, a fiancee and a warrior for a grateful nation … but thankful for the opportunity we had to share in the awesome journey that was Rick Sarchet’s life. A journey which began with the joy of welcoming a mother’s first child into this world and ending with one more mother having to bury a child when a magnificent life is cut short A journey which began in Germany, spanned at least 40 countries and more than 53 years. A journey for all of us which had one thing in common … Rick Sarchet.
Each one of use here today represent only a small portion of those who were impacted significantly by Rick’s life. As I read through Rick’s military retirement documents highlighting his incredible military career, I came across the line, “another (one of Rick’s) soldiers went from Article 15 punishment to winning two Keith L Ware awards.” This award which was developed in 1941 recognizes soldiers for excellence in achieving the objectives of the Army Public Affairs Program. This one line buried in a retirement program captured Rick’s essence … making the people around him better; turning tragedy into triumph and refusing to define people by their failures. I will attempt today to convey what many of you know but likely have never tried to put to words … what was it about Rick that made us all better human beings?
As I scrolled through the notes left by others regarding the impact of his loss on their lives, the word “friend” was used innumerable times. A definition that captures the meaning of friendship is “one attached to another by affection and esteem”. That was it … pure and simple. It was the way Rick unconditionally loved those around him and the honor and respect he ascribed to each person as he quietly served them. Even when he was enduring the most painful times in his personal journey, Rick found a way to listen, love, serve and laugh in a way that communicated unsurpassable worth to the people in his company. He embodied “service before self”. Tracie Adams, Rick’s colleague and friend for over 30 years remembered Rick as the kindest, most loving and selfless person she had ever met. Other’s remembered Rick as:
“great friend, contagious smile”
“great colleague and better friend” “
“Neighbor that became a great friend”
“always there when you needed him”
“NO” was not in his vocabulary
“Special … like a brother”
“Amazing person, great friend”
From all walks of his journey, this same word “friend” kept reappearing. Yes, it was the affection he not only showed but delivered with all sincerity and the great respect he demonstrated to those in his company by prioritizing their needs above his own. I asked his family and friends how they would describe Rick in one word. Here are the answers I received:
Perseverant, Intelligent , solid, steadfast, funny, loyal, amazing and irreplaceable.
When a man has demonstrated perseverance to his son, he has given him the fortitude to never quit no matter the obstacles in his path.
When a man has demonstrated the wisdom of seeking knowledge and truth to his niece, he has given her the insight to pursue the true meaning of life
When a man has faithfully prepared himself for his work and demonstrated excellence in his craft; he has given those around him an example of trustworthiness and dependability
When a man has lived a virtuous life and withstood life’s greatest blows, he has taught his companions how to stand firm in the midst of storms
When a man delivers on his word and stands by those in his presence, he has taught devotion and commitment no matter the personal cost
When a man spreads joy through a smile and humor, he has healed the hurts of those in his company
When a man has both his mother and sister characterize his life as “amazing”, he has lived a life which prioritized the most fundamental fighting units in God’s Army - the family.
While we could spend hours encapsulating his many personal and professional accomplishments, it was and is Rick Sarchet’s perseverance, his intelligence, his steadfastness, his sturdiness, his pursuit of excellence, his sense of humor and his devotion to his fellow man that made him amazing and irreplaceable.
Mrs. Sarchet you and Bill raised a man that transcended all the trials of life to bring joy, comfort and compassion to those around him. A mother could ask no more for the fruits of her labor than to set in motion such a life for her son. While we remember Rick, we also salute the hands that molded him into such a transcendent human being.
Jeff, I can think of no more fitting official for this memorial dedicated to our close friend of 45 years. I commend you for honoring the friends you unselfishly serve in this capacity and to the many you will minister to going forward. Thank you for so ably standing watch for Rick and his family.
So in light of this life lived so well, I believe Rick would want us to grieve quickly and continue the virtuous endeavors to which he committed his entire life: to love his neighbor as himself, to be a more loving parent, to be a better friend and to give to all who ask.
I leave you with this poem from an American Poet, Isla Paschal Richardson:
To those I love
If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way, grieve not,
Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk
Of me as if I were beside you there,
(I’d come… I’d come, could I but find a way!
But would not tears and grief be barriers?)
And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved,
Please do not let the thought of me be sad…
For I am loving you just as I always have…
You were so good to me!
There are so many things I wanted still to do…
So many things to say to you…
Remember that I did not fear…
It was just leaving you that was so hard to face…
We cannot see Beyond… But this I know;
I loved you so…
‘Twas heaven here with you!
Submitted by James Haynes on Aug 12 2017 07:16:37 AM
Rest In Peace Patrick. Such sad news.
Submitted by Rebecca Burdette Downey on Aug 11 2017 11:27:17 PM
There are no words to express the impact of losing one of the greatest blessings in any man's life ... a loyal friend of 47 years. One of my real life heroes. Friends forever no matter the miles between us. With love and respect, James
Submitted by James Haynes on Aug 10 2017 05:14:43 PM
Rick, you left too early. We'll miss you.
Submitted by Chris Hopwood on Aug 9 2017 11:06:43 PM
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