Condolences form Legacy.com
Dear Erdys and Ashley:
It was so nice to get to spend some time with you last Saturday. I know Stephanie enjoyed it even though it was tough for her. As you know I have not known Nick or Ashley very long but I am sure glad that I was able to. They are such wonderful people and I do not know what I would do if Ashley wasn’t in my life. Dustin loved them both so much. He was so excited to introduce me to them the for the first time and then we continued to double date with them afterwards. I just wish the four of us would of been given the opportunity to continue our friendships and move to Florida (right Ash)… Your son is a great man and will never leave me heart… Him and Dustin will be forever remembered as Hero’s and the love of our lives. But at least we can have comfort in the fact that they are together in heaven… Having a good time like always… You are in my prayers and I will be around… you will never get rid of me now!!! Love you guys! ~ Kristin Earhart, Pickerington, Ohio
When his unit needed to build a roadblock, Nicholas B. Erdy was the only one who knew how to drive a front-end loader _ a skill he learned working with his father on landscaping jobs. “He said, ‘All I did was pile up a bunch of dirt, but if they want to give me a medal for it, I’ll take it,'” said his grandmother, JoAnn Rosselot. “That was Nick. No big splash. No big ego.” Erdy, 21, of Williamsburg, Ohio, was killed on May 11 when an explosive erupted near his armored transport vehicle in Karabilah, Iraq. Blond and blue-eyed, Erdy was 6 feet 3 inches and played football in high school. He drove a classic Ford Mustang and liked to hunt with his father. He graduated in 2002 and joined the Marines the following year. A week before his unit left Columbus, Erdy proposed to his high-school sweetheart, Ashley Boots. The wedding was to be sometime after his expected return in November. Rosselot got a letter from her grandson on the day the family learned he had been killed. “We’re as safe as we can be,” he wrote.