Shadyside, Ohio April 12, 1990
Dear Mrs. White
Again may I say will you except our heartfelt sympathy for the very deep loss of your son Ryan. I believe that my wife and I can understand about how you feel because we too have lost our only two children, and at the early ages of fourteen and twenty two. [redacted] passed away from cancer seven years ago after going through sixteen months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. If it's any comfort to you I would like to tell you that Ryan is in heaven talking with our son and that you will see him someday. Our son the day that he died told his mother that he was going to miss her very much and that he would see me and his mother in heaven, also that he would wait for us both up there and that Jesus love you. Having gone through the loss I did not expect to lose our second son while serving in our United States Air Force (over)
We were watching an Air Force picture on television and about nine o'clock at night I heard a knock on the front door, as I turned on the porch light I could see an Air Force officer standing there. It was than I wanted to die as I knew from his presence that we had lost our other son. So we have an understanding how you must feel. We hve been following Ryan's condition throughout his sickness and the day that he passed away I cried very hard because I was so helpless to do anything to save him. If you and your daughter ever come to Ohio, please stop in and see us. Again may I say God bless you and your family in these dark days and may the light get brighter each passing day.
P.S. I just had to let you know in the letter that we and all the people are with you in this tim e of sorrow.
To The Family of Ryan White