Relationships change but memories last forever.
You will always know how much you impacted
my life and will always continue too. You always
brought a smile to my face and I know I could
bring one to yours. Keep smiling Jake, no matter
where you are. 💕 –Alexandra Thurlwell
My nickname, my memories, my first best friend, my
whole childhood. All because of you. I'm gonna miss
ya more than you could imagine bud. Even though we
had some rough times, I'd definitely say the good ones
outweighed them. I just wish things didn't have to be
like this. I love you man. –Matt Swanson
The Vinyards have always held this
community in their arms and lessoned
any burden we may be bearing. This
community will absolutely do the same
for them. My prayers are with the
Vinyards at this unimaginable difficult
time. I hope there's comfort in knowing
Jake touched so many. Spring Grove
and RB gained another angel. Please
everyone keep Jake's friends and
family in your prayers.
It is always so tough losing a best buddy. No
words can describe the feeling I have inside
me right now, I am so numb. Thank you for
all the memories we have made especially in
Spanish class haha I'm truly going to miss
you bud. Please watch over all of ur friends &
family. We will truly miss you Jake. Love ya
kid. 💕 – Alex Callanan
Lets not be sad because hes gone, but be
happy for the wonderful memories he left
us with. But lets not let his passing bring
us down, but lets rejoice that heaven has
gained a new a angle and know that if
your ever feeling down or need someone
to talk to you can always look up and
your bestfriend will be looking down on
you listening. R.I.P Jake Gone but never
forgotten and forever in our heart and
memories. i hope heaven is treating you
right homie. – Ricardo Corona
Tuesday afternoon, I lost my best friend, my brother, my rock. As
tears fall from my eyes, it is unreal how completely broken I am. My
world has come crashing down, and I don't know how to pick up the
pieces. Jake was the most important person in my life and I simply
can't imagine my life without him. Although I am surrounded by
people who are helping me and my family through the most difficult
time we have ever faced, I feel empty, alone, and numb. From the
bottom of my heart, I appreciate everyone's kind words and
presence. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come by our house,
all our doors are always open. Please don't be a stranger...we need
all the love and support right now.
Jake-If I could talk to you one last time I would tell you how much I
love you, how much I need you, and how much you mean to me. I
wish I could have helped you, I'm so so sorry I let you down. You
were my little brother, and I feel like I let you down. Please look over
me and guide me and Mom Kelly Hart Vinyard and Dad Randall E.
Vinyard through this. I can't say enough how much I love you. Until
we meet again, Rest in Peace my sweet Jake
For the 1st time since April 1st, 1995, the
sun rises upon this earth without our son,
Jake. I was hoping this was all a dream,
but I have not slept to have the chance to
wake up. He should be here with me to
watch this beautiful sunrise, but he won't.
I should have my arms around him, but I
can't. Kelly and I should be able to hold
him, but he is gone. Thank you for the
early visits, notes, tributes, pictures and
postings. I know alot of kids lost a friend
and my heart is with all of you as well. He
was a great kid. Our son, Jacob Henry
Vinyard. We appreciate all the love and
support. - rev
When I talked to Dean Palya about starting up the band Final Call the first
person's number I gave to Dean was Jake's. When I asked Jake the next day in
middle school if he wanted to be in a band with me it was a no brainer for him
and he said yes to play drums. Since then time our friendship took off. We
were inseparable and always goofing around causing mischief. Playing in a
band with him for three years got us really close. We shared some of the same
stage frights, same mess ups in our music and of course our greatest shows
where we couldn't miss a note. Playing at the Rave Bar in Milwaukee was one
of the best times we ever had and a time that I will always remember. We were
rockstars and we loved that. Especially hearing the music we played in-
between classes over the intercom in our high-school. I wished those days
never ended because they were my fondest. Jake and I played baseball and
basketball together along with a a lot of our friends at Nippersink and
Richmond Burton. He was a great pitcher for Richmond and I miss those days
messing around on the bench with him and our buddies. Jake and I were
always getting in trouble in school, you know the occasional "stop talking,"
and "who threw this", but those were our funnest years though (those poor
substitute teachers). Im definitely going to miss dancing with him in gym class
to YMCA with Patrick Butler Matt Malecki Jesse Dacheff and Adam Kinsella.
Jake was funny, kind, and a great friend and will be missed by everyone. He
was always making you smile and it was contagious. My thoughts and prayers
go out to his family Randall E. Vinyard Kelly Hart VinyardIll. I'll see you in
heaven bud, love ya. R.I.P Jake Vineyard
It's simply too quiet right now. I need to hear
those footsteps of Jake walking into his bedroom
above my head from where I am sitting right
now. I need to hear the "plop" onto his bed which
causes the squeaks in the bed frame. That squeak
once annoyed the crap out of me, but now it's
something I'll forever miss. As most of you have
said in person, in message, in a post or in a text
today "there are no words..." I say to you, you are
correct in many ways and there's nothing wrong
with that. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers,
love and support. We are hoping to get some
details on Services for Jake out tomorrow night.
We have some family that are traveling and we
want to ensure we can plan for everyone. Stay
tuned and again, I simply say thank you. We have
a long way to go, so please don't stop praying for
us. - rev.
My heart is heavy for Kaitlyn and her family in
this terrible time with the loss of Jake. We all miss
and love you Jake. You will never be forgotten
and we will all see you again one day!
- Chris McRoy
For my final birthday wish, I'm asking
every one of my FB friends to say a
quick prayer for an AMAZING family
who lost their son today. Hug those
kids of yours, right now, go and do it
now. We love you so much Randall
and Kelly Vinyard!!!
- Melissa Strebe
RIP Jake Vinyard. I'm at a loss of words and
shocked. I'll always remember all the times
we had together when you were my
neighbor. I felt like an older brother to you.
When I pulled in the driveway after finding
out you passed tonight I just stared at the
yard between our houses where we used to
play baseball and thought back to all the
good times in that yard. Randall E. Vinyard
you and your family are in my prayers
Thinking of my best friend and her
family tonight. I love you more then
you know girl and I'll be right by your
side when you need it most.
- Amanda Stanek
Kelly Vinyard and Randall Vinyard I wish
I had the right words to express how
sorry we are... This whole community
loves you guys so much, if there is
anything we can do please let me know...
Our prayers are with your family.
– Bonnie DeGroot
Please bless Jake Vinyard's family with the
prayers of our community, friends and
family. May they know they are on the hearts
of many tonight. We are so very, very sorry.
- Duane Blanton
I can't even seem to find the words to
write this status. God gained a wonderful
soul today. Rest in peace, Jake. Kaitlyn
Vinyard, Kelly Vinyard, and Randall
Vinyard you and the little ones are in my
every thought and prayers. If you guys
need anything let me know. You guys are
like family to me.
- Laura Boling
Hi Randy, I know we don't know each other
very well, but I have to say that last
week, when it was your son's birthday, you
posted so many comments and pics of the
two of you together that it stuck with me. I
remember thinking how cool it was to see the
dad of a 19 year old son posting so freely
your love for him and obviously, him for you.
That doesn't happen often and it really
resonated with me. I'm so terribly sorry for
your loss and will pray for all of you.
- Jill Feldman
Randy, Last night I logged on to facebook to post
this beautiful Picture I took while on vacation.
That's when I heard. I will forever think of you
and your family every time I look at this picture.
This one is for all of you.
- Dave Rudkin
I didn't want to believe it. He always
seemed so happy. Whether I knew you
very well or not you were a classmate.
We'll all miss you. – Allison Navlyt
ill never forget you brother save a 6 pack for us up there man because
god knows we will race again i love you man i hope you knew i would
have helped you with anything and i hope you knew how much you
meant to us all man we are lost with out you.. this is unreal i can't wrap
my head around it i miss you more than anything man.. RIP brother ill
see you again someday.
- Charlie Glavin
We might have not been friends throughout
high school but in middle school we were
friends let alone teammates. From rbba
baseball where we won the championship
game with the sox to bonfires at my house.
There are plenty of memories in my
childhood that i will hold on to. Sad moment
hearing the news. Rest in peace Jake
Jake you were an amazing person and an
awesome friend. You had so much goin
for you. You will be missed greatly and
your jokes and that laugh that would
make anyone laugh. Miss you buddy.
May we meet again someday. R.I.P Jake :(
- Lane Banville
RIP Jake, it's crazy how to look back on the
memories we all had, we haven't talked in
years yet I find myself laying here crying
thinking about all of the people you have
touched over the years and knowing your
contagious laugh is no longer with us. You
were a great friend, I'll miss you
Jake my friend, idk why you did it but you will be
forever missed. I wish there was a way to bring
you back to fix whatever was wrong. I know we
didnt know each other very long only a couple
years but it was a pleasure working with you and
getting those chances to hangout. I Love and miss
you buddy rest in peace.
heaven gained an angel today. Keep an
eye on me buddy. We will always be
thinking of you. I can't wait to see you
again. Always & forever.
All of my thoughts and prayers go out to Jake
and his family. I will never forget all the years
of baseball we played together. Especially
when we played on the White Sox, I can't
seem to get that out of my mind. Rest in
- James Galla
To my Friends and to friends of Jake, I
wanted to extend an offer for you to stop by
our house and visit with us today, tonight or
over the next few days. . Our door is open
and so are our arms to welcome you into our
home. Do not feel awkward or "when is a
good time?". Anytime is a good time. We
want to see you and share with you. We are
here and want to see you. We are
overwhelmed with your love and support. -
We have gone thru the painful, but necessary task to set arrangements for our Jake.
There's also a Memorial Page that has been set up by our good friend Tina Kranz.
Visitation for Jake:
When: Monday April 14th, 2014
Time: 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Justen Funeral Home
3700 W. Charles Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050
Final Visitation & Funeral Service:
When: Tuesday April 15th, 2014
Visitation Time: 11:00
Justen Funeral Home
3700 W. Charles Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050
Burial: Following Service
Just East of RT 45 on Milburn Road.
Thank you again to family, friends and the community for all the warm thoughts
and sincere comments.