February 27, 2014

Bob Risner Update and Memorial

On behalf of Betsy Risner, sBob.Betsy Risnerhe has allowed the WPA to send out the following communication in regards to the coroner’s report and memorial.

Bob Risner had a big heart however no one ever thought he would die from it.  The coroners initial report as given by Betsy Risner, Bob’s wife was that he had an enlarged heart and suffered “Atrial fibrillation” which is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body.

Bob was found by Betsy when she arrived home last Sunday night.  While there is much speculation as to the cause of his death, Bob passed away with how everyone knew him best, having a big heart.  While the corner is still waiting for final results of the autopsy the coroner did rule out the cause of his death being from organ failure, stroke, brain aneurism or head injury due to his fall.

Betsy spoken very candid about her husband in the past days and has been truly thankful for the outpouring of love from everyone.  She also reported that when she spoke to the coroner she asked about the condition of his liver since most know about Bob’s love for Jack Daniels, “The corner said that he only wished he had a liver in as good condition”, stated Betsy.  This brought on a nice chuckle from Betsy as she continued “who knew Jack could be filtered so well by your liver or least Bob’s”.  This can now be said, Bob not only had a huge heart, he was a great liver.

There will be a memorial for Bob at the Mongoose Cup on March 8th in Dana Point, CA before the start of the safety paddle.  Family and close friends will gather to say some words and then everyone at the event will be invited to join them in the water to celebrate Bob’s life.  Bob was 58 and born on March 15, 1955 in Toledo, Ohio and is survived by his wife Betsy, daughters Romney, Quinn Dye, Son Matthew Talbert, and five grandchildren.

Live in peace and we know that you will continue to watch over your wife, family and friends!