January 21, 2003 ~ October 11, 2018

Born in: St. Paul, Minnesota
Resided in: Golden, Colorado

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of our Son, Robbie Dee Eckert.

Robbie was 15 years old and a Sophomore at Lakewood High School. He was a great student excelling in all his classes, especially Math. Robbie could typically be found at home in the pool or on the courts playing the two sports he loved deeply, Swimming and Tennis. Surrounded by his friends at meets and at matches he was full of joy. Robbie brought so much joy and happiness to those around him. The past two summers he taught young golfers through First Tee of Denver and young swimmers at Rolling Hills Country Club. Seeing his students success always brought a smile to his face and when they failed his compassion shown through and gave them hope. This past week he was talking about what he wanted to study in college and researching cars for when he got his driver’s license in January. Robbie will always be remembered for his grace, kindness to others, wit and joyful presence. He was always looking out for others and putting them before himself.


Despite his gift of bringing love and joy to others, Robbie was suffering in the darkness, battling privately with incredible pain. He succumbed to the silent illness of depression and took his own life at our home this past Thursday.

If you are suffering from depression or need support, please reach out immediately to:

Jefferson Center for Mental Health: 303-425-0300 or jcmh.org

Colorado Crisis Service: 844-493-8255 or coloradocrisisservices.org

If you have a concern about others and want to get them help please call 877-542-7233 or report online at safe2tell.org.


Robbie is survived by his parents, Jason & Kari Eckert; sister, Elizabeth; grandparents, Dan & Jessica Eckert and Barbara Johnson; aunts and uncles, Tanya & Luke Kahl and Brian & Katie Johnson; and cousins, Bailey, Pitch, Carly, Faith & John.


The family will receive friends and family during visitation on Monday, October 15, 2018, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 South Wadsworth Boulevard, in Lakewood, Colorado 80227.

Funeral Services honoring Robbie will be on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, beginning at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at Red Rocks Community Church – Lakewood Campus, 5810 West Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80226.


In lieu of flowers, Robbie’s family would ask you to make a donation to Robbie’s Hope Foundation. Robbie’s Hope was established to provide support to our local resources in an effort to broaden and deepen the awareness of depression and suicide prevention in our local schools.  You can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/robbieshope or make a check payable to Robbie’s Hope.

Please share your memories of Robbie and condolences with his family by signing the guestbook below.


Visitation: October 15, 2018 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SW Denver/Lakewood
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227

Visitation: October 16, 2018 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Red Rocks Community Church - Lakewood Campus
5810 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226

Funeral Service: October 16, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Red Rocks Community Church - Lakewood Campus
5810 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226

Reception: October 16, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Red Rocks Community Church - Lakewood Campus
5810 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226

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  1. We know there are no words that are adequate at this time. We are so sorry for your loss. We will lift you all up in our prayers.

  2. Robbie was adored by you, his beautiful family and his friends. Saying he will be missed … completely understates. We are all Devastated. We love you and we will support you. Not just today and tomorrow – but through the days, weeks, months and years. YOU are loved.

  3. Robbie was known to so many of us, here in Arizona. Occasionally we might see him in person, but mostly we knew Robbie through the eyes, heart and voice of his Grandma. She was and is so very proud of him and all his activities. We know he was a wonderful and successful student, a golfer, a swimmer, and a tennis player. We know he held her hand and helped her through her rehabilitation this last summer, but mostly we will always smile when we remember him, and his secret chocolate candy stash that he and his Grandma shared. He will be missed. You are all in our prayers.

  4. Robbie is my Grandson. Robbie was the most thoughtful, caring, wonderful young man. I was so proud of him. We had such fun together. He always made me feel special and spent quality time with me. We played cards together. He didn’t like my cribbage game. We went back and forth over the definition of a run. Lots of wonderful memories of our crazy times together. He always took me to the club for dinner. The first time we went he was about to sign for the bill and asked “Grandma, what’s a gratuity?” Whenever I came to CO Robbie would have Grandma’s chocolate stash waiting for me. I witnessed him doing something for others over and over. Last summer I was hospitalized for 2+ months. Robbie came almost everyday. He and Elizabeth would have wheel chair races down the hallways. He brought me so much joy. He laughed at my tech skills. He would show me how to do something and if I didn’t do it right he would say. “What’s the matter Grandma. Don’t you get it!!!
    I will cherish my memories of my time with Robbie forever . I loved him with all my heart.
    He will be missed. I’ll miss my hugs and “I love you Grandma.” He was so special.
    Please pray for my daughter, Kari, Jason and Elizabeth. I can’t imagine their pain.
    Praise God Life is eternal. Robbie is in a better place

  5. Dear Eckerts,
    Robbie was a wonderful athlete, student and friend. He brought so much laughter and wit to swim practices, meets, tennis and everywhere he went. We are so thankful that we were able to know and love him even if it was for only a few years. Prayers and love to the Eckert family.

  6. I met Robbie last year, Our first year of high school. We had a class all year long and we talked everyday. I could always count on him to make me smile & laugh. He meant a lot to me and everyone else who had the privilege to know him. He brought light into everything he did. Smiling and saying hello to him in the halls along with him and I joking around with each other will be greatly missed.Him & his family are in my thoughts during this rough times.

  7. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Please know we are sending prayers and love to your family. Mark, Sophia and Luca Davis. Susan, Ava and Jack Hines.

  8. I’m so blessed to have considered Robbie one of my best friends. He always brought me so much joy and happiness, especially during swim and tennis practices. I will miss seeing his bright smile every morning of every summer. I love him with my whole heart, and my throughts go out to everyone he touched, especially the Eckerts.

  9. We had the privilege of being two of Robbie’s swim coaches at Five Parks. He would always show up at practice with a big smile on his face. Our hearts break for the loss of such a kind and gentle soul.
    ❤️ Coach Mom and Coach Kristen

  10. I’d seen Robbie only a few times in the halls. I never even had the opportunity to talk to him, or get to know him. My heart is broken for the Eckert family and all of Robbie’s close friends. Although I did not know him personally, it is clear that he was such an amazing person. I am a senior at Lakewood highschool and I feel like something needs to be done at my school in Robbie’s honor. We need to remember his life and everything that he offered to this world. I live for Robbie now.

  11. Dear Kari and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve only met Robbie a couple of times and he was such a nice kid. An awesome tennis player. We are here for you guys any time. Love and prayers to you guys.
    Marie Sinesi and family

  12. I had the privilege of having Robbie as a close friend. I came to Lakewood knowing almost no one and within days we became great friends. We shared many memories… From joking and laughing during our off blocks to friends-giving celebrations and a constant stream of memes in our text stream. I love Robbie with all my heart and it pains me greatly to see things end up this way. Robbie has changed my life greatly and I could never thank him enough for the uncountable number of smiles he put on my face. He will be missed but never forgotten. My love goes to his family as they cope with this great loss.

  13. Last month, cleaning up after Tiger Prowl, Robbie was right there helping, carrying things to my car & coming back & asking how else he could help. Robbie was kindness. I’m forever grateful that my boys were able to know him & call him their friend. They certainly will miss their buddy. Kari, Jason & Elizabeth, we are wishing strength & peace. Robbie is in all of our hearts forever.
    Nicolle McKinney & Family

  14. Dear Jason, Kari, Lizzie and those far and wide touched by this loss of a true gentleman.

    Praying for hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain, and love in action. Robbie was a light and will not be forgotten!

  15. Kari, Jason, & Elizabeth, We send condolences to you and your family. May you be comforted by memories of Robbie. Sympathy and love to you until we can hug, cry, and reminisce together in person, Tricia & Dennis

  16. Kari, Jason and Elizabeth
    Sending you love, strength and condolences to you all. We were heartbroken to hear about Robbie. The girls enjoyed seeing him at school and at the Club. There aren’t enough words to express our sorrow. Thinking of you! With sympathy and sadness-
    The Van Alsburg Family – Tom, Val, Sophie & Lilly

  17. Dear Kari, Jason and Elizabeth,

    You are all in my constant thoughts. I will always see Robbie on the swim deck, looking happy, relaxed and ready for his race. I hope that over time your happy memories of Robbie are able to offer some warmth.
    There are no words that can express my sympathy for the loss of Robbie. I only hope that out of this horrible loss comes light for another person who may be suffering silently. Thank you for sharing his story.

  18. Jason, Kari, and Elizabeth,
    Words can’t adequately express our sadness for your loss, and we extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We were moved by your beautiful tribute to Robbie, and know that you will help countless others battling depression by sharing your story. Please know that you are in our thoughts and hearts, and that we are praying you receive strength and comfort through this unthinkable time.
    ~ Terry and Randi

  19. Dear Eckert family,

    Our hearts are broken along with yours. Yet we celebrate the beautiful life and amazing person that Robbie was and the gifts he brought to all of us. He touched many lives. We are here for you in the days, weeks and years to come.

  20. I hadn’t seen Robbie in years, but I can still remember playing together when we were growing up, going to school together for so many years, and seeing each other almost every day. This news is devestating, and my heart and prayers go out to you and Robbie, and although it may not mean much, my family and I will be here for you through this difficult time. God bless.

  21. As soon as you moved in, you guys fit right in and Robbie was no different. All the kids on Cole street were like our own. As a mom and a friend my heart breaks with yours as we’ve lost one of our own bright lights. His story matters so much and his great Light of life has a ripple effect that goes farther than he ever knew-I wish he knew. I pray for comfort and enveloping love for you, Jason and Lizzie and your whole family during and after this tragic loss. I’ve leaned on you, now you can lean on me when you need too.

  22. Dear Eckert family,
    We are heartbroken to hear about Robbie and extend our deepest sympathies to you, your family and Robbie’s friends. My older kids enjoyed getting to know Robbie on the tennis court. We are praying for your strength and comfort.

  23. Our hearts and thoughts go to you, Jason and Elizabeth. Robbie always held a special place in my thoughts, his kindness and gentle demeanor as a young boy stood out. May you find comfort in knowing he touched so many who crossed paths with him.

  24. I have known Robbie since 7th grade, and he was one of the kindest and sweetest souls I have ever met. I had the English class with him this year, and even though I wasn’t there most of the time due to sickness, he was always a bright light in class and was one of the students who participated the most. My heart is broken for him and the Eckert family and I will be praying for you.

  25. We are heartbroken to hear of the loss of your beautiful son. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Eckert family. Your family will be in our thought and prayers.

    Love and prayers.
    Anna, Alexa and Aaron

  26. I will always remember Robbie’s endearing and kind nature. We will continue to lift Kari, Jason and Elizabeth up in prayers of strength, healing and peace. Candles are lit with heavy hearts in Minnesota for sweet Robbie.

  27. Our Family Tree has lost a branch. Our hearts are broken and we are filled with sadness. All we have left are our memories of his smile and his spirit. Our love for him will live in our hearts forever. He is now in God’s arms and his pain is gone. God will be with us all to help us thru our pain. We will miss you Robbie.

  28. Dear Jason, Kari and Elizabeth,
    When words can not fulfill the need of support and comfort, all there is left are love and warmth to send your way in this unimaginably hard time. There is no minute that goes by we are not thinking about you.
    With love, Eveline, Eric and Chloé

  29. Robbie was one of the most happy go lucky kids we ever met and always made everyone around him smile. He was way ahead of his time with his wry wit that was constantly on display and supported by his very clear intelligence. So many of us will carry fond and lasting memories of him forever.

    This is a trial that no family should have to endure and we pray for God’s blessing and healing for all of the Eckert family. We will support you however we can.

  30. Jason, Kari, and Lizzie, We are heart broken to hear of the loss of Robbie, please accept our deepest condolences. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
    Scott, Melissa, Sarah, Samantha, and Kylie

  31. Dear Kari and family,
    I am devastated to hear of your loss and cannot describe how sad this makes me. Robbie was one of my all-time favorite students ever. His dry humor made me laugh in every way. Please take care of yourselves. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love and hugs,
    Michele Capra

  32. Fin ( Robbie’s teammate, tennis partner and friend) and I are heartbroken. We send love and heartfelt sympathy. Finley Reichert and Kim Shankle

  33. Dear sweet Kari, Jason, and Elizabeth,
    Robbie is adored by us, as is your whole family, and our hearts are broken. Such an incredibly special boy who touched so many lives with thoughtfulness and grace. We are thankful that our lives have intertwined, and we are devastated. We want you to know that we are here for you in the days and months ahead. We miss Robbie immensely and we are holding you ever so tightly in our hearts.
    Love and prayers,
    Shannon, Jim, Emma, Josh, and Julia Campbell

  34. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this incredibly painful time. We are deeply sorry for the loss of your sweet Robbie. We pray you’d each feel God’s comfort as you walk through these days. Love, Cooper, Jennifer, Kiki & Issa Grimes

  35. We are so very sorry for your loss of your amazing son. Praying for you all during this tragic time.

  36. Dear Kari, Jason, and Lizzie,
    Words cannot express how heartbroken I am for your loss. I have always held a special place for Robbie in my heart. He was a beautiful soul with a magnetic smile and a heart of absolute gold. My deepest sympathy is with you.

  37. No words can express our grief for your family. Please know we are praying for some sense of peace and normalcy for your family in this chaotic time. He left a long legacy of friends with all he was.

  38. Kari, Jason and Lizzy,
    Praying for God’s love to fill and heal your broken hearts. Robby was such a beautiful light in this world and such an example of kindness to everyone. I’m deeply sorry for your loss of your son and brother. Mason loved swimming with Robby on the Piranha’s!

  39. We never met Robbie but we can’t even begin to imagine such a tragic loss of a son and brother.
    Our hearts go out to you and all your family.
    Carol and Paul

  40. Kari, Jason and Elizabeth,

    I don’t have any words to use right now to express how sorry I am for the loss of Robbie. You are experiencing a level of pain and loss that most people can’t imagine and will never experience. I don’t know what to say other than I am so sorry. But please know that I am praying that God would bring you and your family comfort.

  41. Words can not explain how sorry and upset I am for the loss of Robbie. I am so blessed to have been friends with him. He was extremely friendly and very welcoming, always put a smile on my face. I am going to miss seeing him at swimming. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  42. Having met Robbie just once (while he was gentlemanly and happily greeting everyone at your door during Elizabeth’s graduation party), and having seen him just one other time during a work outing … (running across the golf course with his sister to deliver surprise balloons to Jason on his birthday), he is indelibly imprinted on my mind and now my heart. John and I send our sincere condolences and continued prayers that our gracious God bless your family with strength and peace.

  43. I had Robbie as a student in 7th Grade Science–his love for knowledge always impressed me. Lizzie and family, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  44. It was a privilege to see Robbie grow into a wonderful young man. Words cannot express our sympathy for you. We’re praying for you.

  45. Robbie and I met through a love of tennis, and we played against each other both years when my team played lakewood. They were my two favorite matches to play because our ability levels were close, and I got to compete against a close friend. A great tennis player, a fun swimmer, and a great taste in music, Robbie was an incredibly bright light in my life. My thoughts and love go out to his family.

  46. The entire Lakewood High community grieves with your family. There is no greater loss than you have experienced, but you never have to walk this path alone. Robbie’s pain must have been unbearable; his strength unimaginable to be able to smile and laugh for his friends, classmates, teachers, coaches through it all. Try always to remember that Robbie is more than one decision he made. His soul clearly touched so many others and he lives on through everyone he met.

  47. Kari, Jason and Elizabeth, Our hearts are aching for your loss and we can’t imagine the pain you must be feeling right now. We are praying for you. We love you.

  48. Kari and family, we are so, so sorry to hear of Robbie’s passing. Thank you very much for establishing Robbie’s Hope…what a very special tribute to your son and all those suffering.

  49. Robbie was an amazing friend and person to everyone who knew him. His energy at tennis was always so good and his personality was one in a million. Robbie was a light and he will well never be forgotten. He will be missed

  50. I cherish the many years Robbie studied piano with me! He was always such a kind, sweet young man with an infectious grin! I feel so privileged to have known him. Please know that I have thought of him (and you all) so often. My prayers go out to all of you! Hugs and love, Karen Bartlett’s

  51. Robbie will always be my childhood “buddy”. Whenever Lauren and Elizabeth would be playing together, Robbie and I were always right beside them bugging them (of course), because we were “the little annoying siblings”. Robbie always brought such a positive and happy mood into everyone’s day. His jokes and sarcastic self made everyone smile and laugh. Robbie will be remember as a light to the world. Sending so much love and prayers to The Eckerts during this time of pain. I love you all❤️

  52. Jason, Kari and Elizabeth,
    Sending you my dearest condolences, love and strength during this tragic time. I am forever thankful to have grown up with such an intelligent, witty, loving and amazing young man like Robbie. The memories I have shared with Robbie and Lizzie over the years are some that will forever hold a special place in my heart. May God grant you peace and comfort in this time.

  53. We were blessed to spend the most time when Robbie was a preschooler. He and our Morgan were toted around to every play date with big sisters Lauren and her “Bestie” Elizabeth. Robbie was a delightful fun kid. We have been lucky to have the pleasure of spending a little time each year catching up. Robbie grew into such a fine young man. We enjoyed him so. Kari and Jason, you are wonderful parents. Elizabeth, you are the best sister. The foundation that you have started in Robbies honor helps bring hope to so many.

    Our hearts are heavy as we share in your grief. We will continue to pray for strength and healing for your entire family. We love you and send all our Love ❤️

  54. Kari, Jason and Elizabeth – I am so deeply sorry for this unimaginable tradegy. Please know that I will continually pray for god’s grace, love and peace for your entire family.

  55. My heart breaks for the Eckert family. Lizzie you were a source of light in my classes and daily life. Robbie was an adorable kid that was in theatre class and a sax player in band. He always presented that he was destined to do great things in life with an incredible mind and fantastic creativity. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you.

  56. When Robbie was born, I brought a casserole to your house. I don’t think it turned out as good as I’d hoped, but you later said it was “fine.” 🙂

    You—with your beautiful graceful diplomacy as always! 🙂

    I wish you were closer to Minnesota now, so your Lino Lakes MOMS Club friends could pile on casseroles, love, tenderness, hugs, and comfort.

    Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers daily as you wrestle this new and unexpected part of your family story into place, and carve out a new path forward.

  57. I had the pleasure of meeting Robbie in middle school and every day, he always put a smile on my face. He was such a light and touched everyone he knew. He will always be with us. Much love and prayers for the Eckert family.

  58. Robbie and I knew eachother from the start of 9th grade. Although I don’t recall how we started talking it was always a pleasure talking to him in the halls and during offs. He was able to put a smile on my face and I found that we had a very similar sense of humor. Recently, I had the pleasure of being able to sit next to him in Spanish. Each day was better when Robbie was there. The jokes he cracked lighted up my day and our inside jokes always made us both smile. I always felt I could turn to him in times where I needed advice and the advice he did provide never let me down. I will sure miss this guy. My thoughts and love goes out to the Eckert family. I won’t ever forget Robbie and the way he brought me and the community that surrounded him.

  59. As Robbie’s 7th-grade Language Arts teacher, I remember him fondly. His family, friends, and classmates are in my thoughts, and prayers and meditations.

  60. Dear Jason, Kari and Elizabeth,
    Even though we never met Robbie in person, we had heard many a things about him from his Dad- and everyday, I will see his tiny footprints on the painting in Jason’s office. We find it hard to believe that he is not going to be around any more.
    Our deepest condolences and may the Almighty give you the power to bear this loss.

  61. Kari and the Eckert family,
    I am so sorry for your unimaginable loss. I remember Robbie from junior golf as such a genuine, polite, and considerate young man. He was one of the kids that you remember for all the right reasons. My heart is heavy for you and your family as you grieve. Be confident knowing that Robbie is in Gods presence surrounded by unconditional love and acceptance.

  62. We have only been part of the swim team for one season but Olivia said that Robbie was so nice and always helpful with all of the younger kids at the pool. We are so sorry for your loss and thinking of your family during this time.

  63. Dear Kari, Jason and Elizabeth
    From our family to your family we send love, hugs, tears and courage for such unimaginable loss and for such a bold move forward to impact change. Your grace and strength are truly inspiring. With great love, the Hoal family

  64. Kari, Jason and Lizzie, words cannot express how heartbroken we are. Sending lots of love and thoughts at this sad time!
    Thinking of you lots and lots!
    The McCabe Family xoxo

  65. You are all in our prayers. We can’t even imagine the heartbreak you must be going through right now. The kids have so many wonderful memories of Robbie. His smile will be missed by all of us.

  66. Kari, Jason, & Elizabeth,

    Our hearts break with you to hear of the loss of your son/brother. We will be keeping your family and all those near and dear to you in our prayers.

    With love,
    Kris, Keith, Emmalie & Angelina

  67. Robbie was an amazing person and friend. During the first semester of last year, we had 7 of our 8 classes together and became good friends. He made me laugh and smile every day without failure. Even though he only had 15 short years, the happiness he gave to others was enough to last a lifetime. He will always live in my heart and mind. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and I pray god helps them through these hard times. I will love him forever and always.

  68. Robbie was a funny and joyful person. He was always making jokes in and out of class, always making everyone laugh. Although we haven’t seen him in a few years the memories we have with him will be greatly treasured. Our prayers go out to his family and anyone who got the chance to know him.

  69. Kari, Jason and Lizzie,
    We are truly sorry for your loss. The loss of a child is heartbreaking. Our heart aches for you and your family. Robbie was a wonderful person and he will be terribly missed. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

  70. From a family with two LHS graduates, we are deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that this community is surrounding you with love and light .

  71. Robbie was one of my best friends and he always brought so much joy to the swim team and the tennis team at Rolling Hills. He had such a beautiful heart and amazing personality. When he came to Lakewood last year we would always go to lunch or to the library. He was always so sweet and put others before himself.

  72. Jason, Kari and Elizabeth,
    Words feels incrediblely inadequate to express the heartbreak upon hearing of the loss of your beautiful and cherished child and brother. Still, we hope there is some comfort in them. Sending peace and love to you and all those who loved Robbie.

  73. The loss of your son comes as a shock to both of us. We are truly heartbroken. Please accept our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  74. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Deepest Sympathy.

    The Carpenters and Vander Veens – Laura, Makenna, Landon, Bob, Kaylee & Dylan

  75. There are no words that we can say to ease your pain during this tragic time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers always. Let all of your wonderful memories of Robbie bring you peace. God Bless.

  76. As a mental health therapist who tries to save lives every time I go to work, this saddens me and I am heartbroken that your son took his life. I pray that you have peace.

  77. Dear Lord
    Please give this family the strength to endure this,
    Please help them to find Blessings,
    Please give them the hope to continue,
    Please wrap your Loving arms around this family and place them under your wings,
    Please shower them with your Love and peace
    Isaiah 43: 1-4

  78. I do not know your family but a found this through a friend’s post. I have a beautiful 15 year-Old son named Robby. This news went straight to my heart as I can only feel a fraction of your pain. Your Robbie sounds like an amazing person who will live in hearts forever. All I can do for you is hug my Robby tight. Today and forever. Whenever he’ll let me!

  79. Kari, Jason, and Elizabeth,

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved son and brother. I’m just at a loss for words, my heart aches for you. I pray that God comforts you during this very difficult time. Know that one day you will see him again.

  80. His love and kindness won’t be forgotten, but his presence will be dearly missed. My heart breaks for your loss, Kari, Jason & Elizabeth. I pray that strength and the beautiful memories of your amazing son help you heal over time.

  81. Kari, Jason, and Elizabeth,
    My heart breaks for you all. We have not seen your sweet family in years, but I fondly remember Robbie’s sweet smile from those times we’d share babysitting for each other. You are all in my thoughts, heart and prayers. We love you.
    Alison Overstreet

  82. Your family won over my heart when I met lizzie “ecko.”
    I saw so much of her personality in little robbie, or at least he was, way back then….
    I, now, look at my 2 hatchlings and cannot fathom a day without either one of them.
    There are not words to comfort but please know you all are in my thoughts and heart!!!

  83. Kari,
    I am so sad and so sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you, your son and family, in my thoughts and in my prayers.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Lisa Ruth

  84. Jason and Kari, I am so sorry for your loss I can’t imagine the pain you both are going through. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers in this time.

  85. Many are heart-broken by the loss of your son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, friend and role model. As are many of us that didn’t know him, but do know your family and what wonderful people you are. There is already great strength and selflessness with setting up a fund in Robbie’s name, to help others with depression. An amazing thing to do for others in your time of great sorrow. Hold each other tight as we hold you all in our prayers.

  86. Dear Eckert family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I am grateful for your care for Robbie and all those that knew him.
    I met Robbie in math in 8th grade at Manning. Robbie was a great friend but in Lakewood I didn’t get to see him very much. I remember how happy, kind, and funny he was and I will miss him very much. I am inspired by his story and his kindness and strive to be like him. I will never forget him, and I hope that I can comfort you with my memories, just as your memories have for me. Thank you for keeping Robbie alive for me, Eli

  87. We are so sorry for your loss. While there are no words to ease your pain, Robbie’s death has sparked a conversation with my own 12 & 15 yr old boys – one that I might not have initiated otherwise. Thank you for raising awareness. I pray you will feel the love and support of friends – old & new, bear & far. Cameron and I grew up with Tanya & Jason in 4-h. May you smile at your memories of Robbie. We are thinking of you all.

  88. Robbie,

    Words will never explain how lucky I was to be your best friend. I will never forget the memories we had together. Baseball games, making crafts in your room. The smiles that you put on my face, I will never forget. All the times I laughed with you. All the trouble we caused together. You are my brother. I will miss you buddy, I hope to see you again when the time comes.

    Much love to the Eckerts. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

    R.I.P Rob

  89. Kari and the Eckert family, I am so saddened by the news and my heart breaks for all of you. I will miss seeing Robbie’s smiling face at swim meets. There are no words I can say to ease your pain – hugs to all of you. Heather Rooney

  90. Dear Eckert Family, please accept our sincere condolences and prayers for the loss of your son, Robbie. He seemed to be a wonderful young man. Hold each other tight. May God’s peace and strength carry you now and always. Paul & Penny Sweere family

  91. Robbie was an amazing guy, I first meet him at swim practice and we always had a blast, besides his humor he also was an amazing athlete. Robbie always showed positive energy and was always carrying to others. My most sincere condolence to his family and friends. I will miss you brotha🙏🙏❤

  92. With deepest sympathy, we remember the light that Robbie was to so many. He was a big part of what made every summer at the Club so fun for Jackson and Everett. His awesome backstroke, great golf swing and sweet moves on the tennis court as well as his wit and ability to make everyone smile. They also remember him teaching swim lessons and making a point to tell the parents how well the kids were doing. He was a kind soul that lead by example and kept everyone entertained all while doing it with style. They looked up to him – he was the coolest and had so much to give. His memory will live on in the hearts of many and create a call to action to help those suffering in the dark. May God wrap you in his arms and provide strength and in time peace❤️ Love to Kari, family and friends.

  93. Robbie and I were by no means close, but I knew him and I assume he knew me too. It’s heartbreaking to me to know that he was going through enough for him to take his life. My heart goes out to his family and I am keeping them in my thoughts and prayers. This is devastating, but I know that they will get through this pain. I am so sorry for this loss, the world has lost an amazing person.

  94. We are so saddened for your loss. Robbie was such an amazing kid. My kids and I will always remember his amazing ability on the golf course, in the pool, and on the tennis court. We will also remember him as being one of the nicest and kindest kids we had the pleasure of knowing. He always was so polite to every adult, and also had the ability to make the younger kids look up to him and aspire to be better. He will be missed by so many. Our thoughts, deepest sympathies, and outpouring of love and prayers go out to your family. We pray that his story will help others who may be suffering. God is not finished with Robbie’s impact here on earth.

  95. Robbie attended Manning with me. We never got close, but I remember him always being filled with joy and humor and brightening up others’ days.

  96. During this time of overwhelming sadness and grief, my prayers are that your family finds comfort, peace and strength in God’s promise. I also pray that God has shed his amazing grace upon Robbie and that he is in the arms of Jesus.

  97. Kari and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear this devastating news. I can’t imagine the pain you are all experiencing. I pray that you will feel surrounded and lifted up by the support of family and friends at this time, and ask God to give you a supernatural strength to move forward together. May the many warm memories you have with Robbie bring comfort and joy.

  98. So very sorry to read about your loss in The Denver Post. I never knew your son but I am very sympathetic to his struggle, and shed tears for this kind soul. I have suffered from depression my entire life and I know that darkness and futility first hand. It sounds like Robert was a very sensitive and loving person and touched many people around him. He will only be gone when there is no one left to remember him. Robert will live on in his many loving friends and family members memories. I am sure there are many people who read his story and were as moved by his short life story as I. He will be missed, even by those who never had the privilege to know him.

  99. My heart is breaking for the Eckert family, Robbie, and his friends. I wish I could be there, but I’m in Costa Rica for a missions trip with Red Rocks. When I heard the news, my heart broke, and I immediately prayed. I’m so sorry.
    Robbie was an amazing student. I’ll never forget his “good mornings”, his beautiful smile, his laugh, and his desire to do the best he could on every assignment. One day, Robbie asked me to write him a recommendation letter for his job at a golf course, and after I did, he came back the very next day with a thank you card and gift.
    Although my heart is extremely heavy, I am blessed to have known Robbie and will always honor his life.
    My prayers are with you. I’m so so sorry. May God comfort you all.

  100. Didn’t know Robbie, however, spent a lot of time with Dan and Jess when we were on the road and they were proud of him and all their grandchildren. Our hearts break for all of you. Prayers and sympathy to all!

  101. Jason, Kari and Lizzie,
    Griffee and I are devasted. Our hearts are aching and I have no words to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. Robbie was beloved by many. His friendship with Griffee was so pure and innocent. I adored Robbie and loved that he was always as comfortable with us, in our home, as he was in yours. His sense of humor was one of a kind! He loved to do impressions of me that would have me laughing so hard I couldn’t breath. We have so many wonderful memories of Robbie that we will forever hold dear to our hearts. Love and prayers to each of you.
    Traci Mapps

  102. Jason & Kari

    Reading today’s DP, I turned the page to see Robbie’s story facing me. My sincere condolences to your entire family on the light that has gone out of your lives!

    I especially want to THANK YOU both for having the temerity, insight and openness to actually share Robbie’s / your story of his passing publicly in the news! It is so critically important that casual readers of this section of the news, actually SEE and acknowledge that every bright, smiling, engaging and outgoing human on the planet……could also be challenged by behavioral health issues. Essentially, every human is a container of chemicals which drives our emotions. Upset that balance for too long, and a mental or physical alteration will manifest into their outside world. Or in many cases……not.

    Those of us working in the entrepreneurial / startup / tech business world see these daily mental fitness challenges all the time. I launched a non-profit to address those in need – COEMHN.com – CO Entrepreneurs Mental Health Network – 2 years ago. We provided free, secure & private, 20 minute, masters level therapy sessions, via a telehealth (phone-tablet-computer) platform, to anyone who signed up during thee M-F 5 days of DenverStartupWeek.org last month. And the sessions were completely booked up.

    I have also promoted for over a year and support another non-profit, specifically for high school teens and suicide prevention. ProjectReasons. org was started and is run by a very bright & engaging young woman, and is making a huge difference all around the Monument/Co Springs region. She was recently honored for her work by Mental Health CO, as their Individual of the Year – http://bit.ly/2NZUEqw. I will make a donation to Robbie’s Hope in her honor, so as to perpetuate what your work behind this cause of awareness, will continue into the future.

    There are MANY of us united and individually in this challenge to bring awareness to both the unseen need for emotional well being beneath the surface, and in finding specific ways to practice daily mental fitness. I honor your commitment to Robbie’s contributions to you, and the planet!

  103. I am the mother of three boys and the story of your son has touched my heart. I am so, so sorry. Holding you and your family in my heart at this incredibly tough time.

  104. Robbie was a great person his smile would light up the room whenever he walked in. I’ll always remember him for his smile and the way he made me smile and laugh.

  105. Dear Kari, Jason and Elizabeth,
    You are in our constant thoughts and prayers.
    I know that Robbie was and will continue to be loved and cherished by you all. His light will shine on through Robbie’s Hope and all of you.
    With deepest condolences,
    Scott, Susan, Ryan and Ally Lowe

  106. I didn’t know Robbie. Just having read his obituary, I would have loved to! What a sad and tragic loss for all of you. I am so very sorry and send my heartfelt sympathy and condolences.

  107. I feel very very guilty. I wish in some way I could have helped your pain. Having a brother your same age I feel heartbroken. I really didn’t know you at all. But these past few days you’re all that’s been on my mind. The countless stories that have been shared on here, have only cemented the idea that you were one in a million. I don’t prentend to understand the greif of those closest to you, and I never wish to. But in some way I grieve as well. The world lost such an amazing person and it has caused me to be angry. Angry that someone like you, who has SO MUCH to offer the world had to leave too soon. I have no answer. But one thing I will not do, I will not allow you to be forgotten. I will now fight harder than ever to ensure that I always check up on my friends. I will become less selfish and I will become more kind. That is all I can do. I have to live in a way that exhibits the love of Christ to all. I’m so sorry Eckert family. I’m sorry to Robbie’s sister who is around my same age. I don’t know what I would do if I lost my brother. I am amazed at the strength that all of you have exhibited by using your pain to help others. Wow. I can’t imagine ever having that much strength. Robbie will forever have an impact on my life.

  108. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Eckert, I am sending you and your family lots of love. I never knew Robbie very well, but upon little conversation I had with him I thought of him as a very polite guy. I had always heard nice things about Robbie and thought he was very cool. Unfortunately this stuff happens way too often. We should use Robbies story as a way to spread love and awareness to others suffering with similar issues. Once again, I’m so sorry for your loss and am sending all my condolences to the Eckert family. Best of luck.

  109. To Robbie’s family,
    We don’t know each other, but after reading about Robbie in the paper this morning, I felt I needed to tell you how much the beautifully written story of his life was. It was so sensitive and loving, and it shared your compassion for others who struggle as Robbie did. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
    Marilyn Davis

  110. “Only the good die young…” — more than a song lyric, a truth too often proven in this world.
    May Robbie find the peace he was seeking in the next place, and may he smile to know how very loved he was and is and always will be. His heart is warmed by these posts and would never have wanted to put great pain on those he loved. He just needed to get to that peace.
    Please erase any guilt and know this. You were the lights he wished he could have held on for.

  111. I didn’t know Robbie for long, we went to middle school together, but for the time that I did know him was a light in a dark time for me. Robbie would meet me with a smile everyday of our last semester, when he knew I needed it the most. I can’t imagine how it must feel to his closest friends and family. Him and I shared a common friend at the time and that’s how I knew him originally, then he showed up at school and I thought “how am ever going to shake this kid.” We didn’t get along in the first half of his time at my school, but by the end of the year he was a small candle in the darkness that had become my life. I want everyone to know that you are not alone in your grieving and there are so many people here for you. My condolences to his family, my love and hope goes out to you.

  112. Dear Eckert Family,
    I only knew Robbie from swim team but remember him being a bright, cheerful light.
    God bless and be with you.

  113. Dear Eckhart’s
    I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Reading some entrys tells me that Robbie was a very wonderful young man. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  114. Dear Kari, Jason, Elizabeth and Family,
    Not knowing the words to share with you to offer comfort, please know that the warmth of shared sorrow and the comfort of memory will begin to soften the sadness. Our memories of Robbie are so precious now, and we will always remember him as kind, respectful, and caring. We are so sorry that Robbie is not physically there with you now, yet he will always be with us in spirit. We are holding you all up in prayer. Peace.

  115. I didn’t know Robbie, but after reading the beautiful write up in the Denver Post, I wish I had.

    I am saddened for your whole family and all his friends.

    Please know I am praying for everyone as they go through the grief that should not be.

  116. You always tugged my heartstrings with your beautiful soul whenever I saw you-just being you. You were truly something wonderful to behold- a larger than life personality- a beautiful spirit who will live on in every life you touched. Rest in peace Robbie.

  117. Jason, Kari and family,

    We would like to share our sincere condolences with your entire family. We are saddened by this news, and while we didn’t know Robbie, he sounds as though he was a great person. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Don and Lisa Northrup

  118. Dear parents, sister and all Robbie’s family,

    I don’t know you, but my heart goes out to all of you for the terrible loss of Robbie.
    Suicide is so tragic and so difficult to understand the pain the victim must have been in. I hope he is in a wonderful place with the best golf course and pool he has ever seen.
    Lesley Fuller

  119. To the Eckert Family:
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I realize mere words cannot console you. This is a terrible loss for you. May time and wonderful memories bring you through this difficult time. The Kindschuh family offers you our condolences.

  120. Kari, Jason and Elizabeth. I thought I initially signed the guestbook. My heart breaks for the three of you on different levels. To lose a sibling is so hard for one to understand…cherish Robbie; Elizabeth as he was an incredible brother! Kari and Jason, I wish I could tell you to take that void away, you are doing that already with Robbie’s Hope. You have friends that are there for you, for a phone call or a coffee. Don’t ignore that, people adore the Eckert family!

  121. I am a freshman at LHS. I met Robbie only briefly through some of my friends. I knew instantly that he was such an amazing person, and his smile is one that I will never forget. I think about him and his family everyday, and hop that we can prevent any future tragedies from occurring.

  122. It has been months and still not a day goes by when I wish I’d see Robbie. Life goes on for the rest of us but I know it must continue to stumble for you. And even though I didn’t write right away, I’m writing now so you know that the love we felt for your son continues, even if we’ve gotten on with our lives.
    A tragic loss and I think about it constantly. I’m not the praying type, so I won’t mislead you and say that I am.
    But know that I am thinking of you and sending thoughts and love.

  123. I lost my brother to suicide and I know the pain and loss you feel. I’m so sorry for anyone who can not see the light in their lives. Especially because we always saw the light in them.
    Always loved and never forgotten.

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