Monday, December 1, 2008

Rob is with God now

Well, today Rob went to be with the Lord. Last night his ICP's went really high and they took him for another CT scan. The scan results were devastating. So, we decided to let him go Home. He went very painlessly and quickly. I don't know when his funeral will be but it will be in Nebraska in my hometown. I will let you all know the details when I get them. Thank so all so much for the thousands of prayers you sent for my husband. We now have an angel looking over us.

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Leta said...

Dena I cannot begin to tell you how sad this news makes me. You are an unbelievable lady. My prayers will be with you and your daughters and your extended family as you move through some very difficult days ahead.

Yes, you have an angel. The best angel such a strong and devoted wife and two darling little girls could have.

The Bender's said...

We are here praying for all of you. And are hearts are aching and wish we could comfort you anyway possible. Anything, anytime, anywhere you have our support. Rob, you, and your families fought a very tough battle and even though you may not see it now, you have not lost. Rob is now your angel warrior forever.

We love you and are always here,
The Bender Family

The Davidson family said...

Our prayers are with all of you.
You have been a rock for everyone.
Our love to all,
The Todd Davidson family

Marcy said...

Dena,

We are so sorry -- there just aren't any words. Our prayers are with you and your family now more than ever. Both you and your husband are an inspiration to so many and your faith has been an incredible testimony to thousands. Be proud of Rob, be proud of yourself, and rest in the joy that Rob is with his Father.

God Bless,
Marcy & Mat Kremer

Anonymous said...

My heart dropped when I read your latest. I have two sons in Iraq, every time I've prayed for them I have also asked God to be with you and Rob. I look forward to meeting you both in heaven.

Anonymous said...

Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to you and the whole family Dena.

May God grant you continued strength and peace.

The Makis in Minnesota.

Anonymous said...

Our hearts and prayers go out to you, your girls, and everyone that was touched by Rob's life. Know in your heart that Rob is in a peaceful place where there is no fighting, suffering, or pain. Some prayers are not answered for a reason and God only gives a person as much as they can handle. Just know that God has a bigger plan for Rob and needed him by his side. Keep your head up, be strong, and be proud to remember Rob everyday and cherrish those memories. God bless you and your family.

Grubbs Family
Manhattan, KS.

Anonymous said...

May he rest in the peace he sought to bring the world. Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called Sons of God.

My prayers are with your family. Thank you for Rob.

Anonymous said...

I can't remember the last time I felt this sad. I'm so sorry Dena. Beloved Son. Beloved Brother. Beloved Husband. Beloved Father. Beloved American Hero!

Anonymous said...

We Nebraskans have been praying for Rob and for you and your daughters. You do have an angel to watch over you during the next several days and on into the future. God is with you!

KrisHart said...

Dena, We here at the Big Red Battalion have been following your blog closely. I was praying after your posting on Sunday that everything would turn out for the best, I guess it did, just not the "best" I thought it would be. I'm sure God wanted the "Little Guatamalan" with Him to watch over and protect the rest of us. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, your girls and both of your families. Anything you need from us in ROTC, please feel free to ask.

Love to you all,
Kris Hart

Anonymous said...

Dena - You are in our prayers. From all of us here at Ft. Riley Terri Haire

Anonymous said...

Dena
Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear this news. You have been an incredible inspiration to us all for your determination through all of this. Your daughters are so lucky to have you as a role model.
You, your daughters & entire family are in my thoughts & prayers. You do now have an angel watching over you & your girls.

Morris Family said...

Dena-
We are so sorry to hear this.
You and your family are in our prayers. You have been amazing and your strong faith, family, and friends will get you through this.
Love-
Bill, Allison, Trey, Syd, and Will

Andy Boston said...

Dena - We are heartbroken and cannot begin to express how sorry we are for your loss. He smiles down on you now forever.

Andy & Candis Boston

Lodmell House said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family! Your two precious girls will always have their daddy watching over them!
Our love and Prayers,
The Lodmell Family

Aridog said...

I am so sorry.

Robin said...

God bless you and your family.

Michelle said...

Dena,
My husband and I have been praying for you since a few days after the accident. Even though we've never met, your faith has been an inspiration. You and your girls will continue to be in our prayers. May God continue to cover you and surround you with His Holy Spirit.

In Christ,
Michelle and Steve Davis

Michelle said...

Dear Dena,

I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to express my sorrow at your husband's passing.

You have been so incredibly strong throughout this ordeal. My family will continue to pray that you and your daughters can find the peace and serenity you so deserve.

Thank you seems so not enough...but I want to thank you and your husband for making the ultimate sacrifice in our behalf.

May God protect you and give you the strength and courage you will need in the coming months.

Kris said...

Dean, Julia, and Eva,

You will remain in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Our love goes out to you.

The Mahurin family

Dad and Linda said...

We thank God for Rob's service. We thank you for an example of steadfast faith. We *will* continue to pray for all of you and your wonderful family.

JoAnne Bartek said...

Dena: We love you and the girls and our prayers continue that you will find comfort in the Lord. Rob's courageous fight and your faith and dedication have been such an inspiration to people everywhere.

Love,
Aunt Jo, Uncle Steve, Brooke & Ashley

Anonymous said...

Dena, I've been following your blog closely from here in Antarctica and I'm heartbroken for you and the girls and all those who feel this loss in their souls. All my love and thoughts are with you.

Roxanne

ZM said...

Dena, My heartfelt prayers and condolences to you, Julia, Eva, and your and Rob's families. Rob was a fighter to the very end with you by his side. He will be missed but never forgotten. Love and care, Z

jaywalker said...

Dear Dena:

Your thoughts about an angel reminded me of this verse that Jesus himself said: "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven." As I read this verse, I know that God is sending special care for your own little ones and for you straight from his throne.

May He hold you in his hand. We will not stop praying.

Jessica
Soldiers Angels, Germany

Andrea e Isabella said...

Dena and all family Yllescas i dont have words to say in this moments, ... but just as i said, God knows what he does... somentimes we dont understand things but eerything has a purpose, you´ll see in a while, let us know how´ve you are, and the childs, as always i´ll keep looking for updates daily of you, dont feel alone, you won a lot of friend here anything we can do for you let us know someone can help you or make you feel better when you need... You are a super super Wonderfull woman. God will give you more than you think... Resignacion! Rob will take care of you and the child´s up there, he is just gonna be your angel forever. he just past to a eternal life. Someday will all be there, he just go a little bit after but as i said God has a plan for you. dont worry things are going to be okay. Natalie I know how you feel, i love you sooo much, Know you have a wonderfull angel too and he is a hero and he will always be in your heart....

Im sooo sorry!!!

Anonymous said...

Words can not express our sadness for your loss. May God bless you, Julia, and Eva.
The Soutters

Anonymous said...

Dena, My heart just sank when I saw the heading of your latest post. I would love to be able to give you and the girls a big hug. It is easy to say that Rob is no longer suffering but I know that you would love to have the Rob you had months ago. No one can know how hard this is for you. Please keep in touch and take care of yourself. Cindy at IACH

Anonymous said...

Dena, I can't begin to imagine all the pain you are going through right now. Just know that you have a very, very large amount of people praying for you, your girls, and extended family. Let those prayers hold you up and carry you through the days ahead. Remember the poem "Footprints", it is now that God is carrying you.

You will all have that very special angel named Rob to look out for you. Thank you for sharing him with us! We are all so blessed to have such a soldier & family to pay the ultimate price for our freedom. May God continue to bless America. May His peace & healing surround you all through the days ahead.

In His love,
A fellow Nebraskan

pam h. said...

Dena, Words can not express the deep sympathy that I feel for you and your family right now. You have shown amazing strength through all of this and for that Rob would be really proud. You and your girls will have an angel looking over you always. Rob is a true HERO!!!!! He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and he has made thousands around the world very proud of him. That is evident every time you read this blog. You and the rest of your family will remain in my prayers during this difficult time. Love, Pam, Ryan, Nolan, Mason, Logan and Keyan

Janice and David Legaard said...

Dena:

We were so sorry to hear of Rob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

May God bless and provide support, strength and peace for you and yours over the next few days, months, and beyond.

Our love,
Janice and David Legaard

brittneyjackson said...

Dena,

Words cannot express how sorry I am. I know nothing can be said to stop the pain, but know that you are so loved and I'll be there for you with whatever I can do. I'm praying for you and your family. I love you!
Brittney

David Black said...

Dena:

Again, you don't know me, but you have showed alot of people what it means to make a marriage committment - for better and for worse. Your sharing during the worst has had a tremendous impact on people. What faith is, what committment is, what caring is, what a simple touch does.

Don't discount at all what your touch and voice and attitude meant to Rod this last month - a tremendous ministry of comfort to him during this soldier's last battle.

From reading this blog it is very evident the tremendous support network you have with friends and family - lean on them.

Praying for you and the girls.

Thanks for sharing your life with us.

David Black
Papillion, NE

fpatlan said...

Dear Yllescas family,

My prayers are with you during this tough time. I pray that the Lord will give you strength...

Love from MN said...

Our prayers will continue for you and the girls, Rob's parents and siblings, that all of you can find peace in prayer and your faith. We will have Rob as a angel looking over his family and one day all be reunited. Rob was an amazing person and touched so many lives and will be missed here on earth.

May God bless you and keep you always
Love Aunt Julie(Schott)Davidson

Alexa said...

Dena, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and the girls and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Alexa (Fuhr) & Marc Maresca

mike fletcher said...

All our love and prayers for your family Dena. You and Rob are truly inspirational.
the fletchers

Annaka and Aaron said...

Dena, Julia and Eva, I am so sorry. I wish there is something that I could say or do to stop the hurting but I know that is not possible. We will continue to pray for all of you. Dena, you should be proud. Rob, was an incredible man who was loved by many, many people. You were an amazing support for him during these last few weeks. We can't wait to give you and the girls a huge squeeze. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do. Love ya, Annaka, Aaron, Aizlynn and Amarae

Anonymous said...

There simply are not words to express how sorry I am for your loss. I will continue to pray for you and your girls, and both you and Rob's families and friends. I remain forever grateful that people like Rob chose to serve and made such a sacrifice to do so.

Your faith and candor throughout this journey have been an inspiration.

Very respectfully,

Jenifer Fadness
Ruthton, MN

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry Dena. Thank you for all that you have done since October. We have all gained a hero and an angel because of you. Thanks. Hope to see you soon.

Anonymous said...

Yllescas Family,

My heart aches for you and your family during this tough time. It may not seem it now but God has done a great work with both you and Rob. You've been such a strong example of how faith works to all of us. God does nothing without a purpose and He is very proud of the both of you. Lean on Him and he will not fail you. He has promised to be your guide and strength and greatest source of comfort. Thank you for your example of love and our prayers are with you.
LS
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Rev. 21:4

The Morrow Family said...

Dearest Dena, I cannot tell you how very sad I am for you and your family. You are so strong and I thank you for sharing your strength with us throughout the past month and a half. We will continue to pray for you and your girls and know that God is holding you and lifting you up and he is now holding Rob.

Maggie45 said...

To the entire Yllescas Family, and to Rob's soldiers and their families, my deepest condolences. You will continue to be in my daily prayers. I am so sorry.

Jaime Pachta said...

Dena,
Right now I am so heartbroken for you and your girls. Rob put up a great fight and so did you. I believe there is a special place in heaven for the men and women who risk it all to protect our country. What a courageous and brave person he was...all the way to the end. We will continue to pray that you and your family get through this extremely difficult time. You now have a very special angel watching over you each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you...Love, Dan, Jaime, Ashley, Nicolas, & Mitchell

Household6 said...

We are devastated for you guys. Rob was an amazing man, father, husband, son.

The Spencers

Anonymous said...

Dena and family -
I am so sorry to hear about Rob, he was a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed. I know there is nothing I can say to ease the pain, but please know that you all are in my prayers, and if there is ever anything I can do for you, don't hesitate to ask.
Love - Angela Oder

Anonymous said...

Yllescas family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this dark time. We have never met but your faith and devotion was so inspiring from the updates you provided.

Words can't express my appreciation for Cpt Yllescas service and sacrifice for his country.

Julie H in Kentucky

Michael & Hanna Crowder said...

Dena, we are so sad... You and the girls and all the rest of your family are in our prayers. Your strength through all of this shows just what a hero you are. I'm so thankful that you got to have this time with him and that your girls got to visit with him more as well. If you need anything at all, we are here for you.
Sending you all our love and prayers,
Michael and Hanna

Anonymous said...

Dear Dena, Julia and Eva, You all now have a totally awesome guardian angel looking over you. You are so blessed to have had an awesome Husband and daddy. We are all very proud of all the things he has done for our country. We are free and can talk about our Lord and his blessings on this blog and anywhere we want because of your awesome guardian angel. Take care of yourselves and know that I am still praying for all of you. So Sorry! Fran Wieseman

Mr. and Mrs. Jenk said...

I have looked forward to your updates each day and am so sorry this update had to come. I truly hope your faith and the resolve of Rob being in perfect condition in heaven comforts you.

Dawn Hudson said...

I am sorry to hear of the news. May you find peace again.

Kim Decker said...

Dena,

We are praying for you.

Love,
Kim

Anonymous said...

Yes, you and the girls have an Angel. Watching over you and always, always in that special place in your heart that no one else can have. I am so proud of Rob and the battles he fought before his injury as well as after. May we have millions and millions more like him to defend us in our time of need. May God be with you and your girls.

Anonymous said...

Dena:
The world is a better place because Rob was in it. I know how much he'll be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.
Scott and Sharon Howells

Hutto Haole Wahine said...

Dena,

I am so sorry.

aheartfromtheblueridge said...

ANGELS KEEP YOU
May the Angels light your morning
And guide you through the night
May they comfort all your sorrows
May they help you win the fight
May they keep watch over your soul
And show you better ways
May they guard you while you're sleeping
And see you through your days
May they calm your every fear
And hear you when you shout
May they show you bright new hopes
And still your every doubt.

Author Unknown

Anonymous said...

Our deepest sympathy is with you and your girls. Heaven is a brighter place today all the angels are celebrating Rob's welcome home. My son SFC Matthew Blaskowski is greeting Rob, his brother in arms with a big smile and warm welcoming hug.

God's peace and grace be with you Dena and family. Prayers continue for you.

Hugs and love
Cheryl Blaskowski
ARMYMOM Michigan

Anonymous said...

Thank you Rob, for fighting the good fight.

Anonymous said...

My heart is broken for you and your daughters but I rejoice that your husband was a brave man who knew the love of a great woman and now sits in eternal love with our Father.

May God grant you grace and peace in this hard time.

The Fuhr Family
Chicago

JihadGene said...

Sending all angels. Prayer continues.

Army Strong/Army Sad
Gene Cook & Family

Anonymous said...

Dena,

My heart stopped when I read your post. I am so, so very sorry. Please call/email if there is ANYTHING we can do for you or the girls. We continue to pray for you and the girls.

Julie and James
719-358-6429

Aunt Nancy said...

To all.....
My heart is breaking for you! Rob was a incredible Husband, daddy, son and son-in-law, brother, friend, and Soldier...and, the INCREDIBLE legacy that he has left & the lives that he has touched, will never be forgotten! Yes, Dena you now have a VERY SPECIAL ANGEL watching over you all!
We love you, Aunt Nancy and Uncle Steve

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
( David Romano )


When tomorrow starts without me
and I'm not here to see...
When the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me,

I wish so much you wouldn't cry
the way you did today...
While thinking of the many things
we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you...
And each time you think of me,
I know you'll miss me, too.

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand...
That Jesus came and called my name
and took me by the hand,

And said my place was ready
in heaven far above...
And that I'd have to leave behind
all those I dearly love.

So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart...
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here in your heart.

Rhonda Blair said...

I am deeply saddened to know that Rob is no longer with you, and at the same time, joyful to know he is with the Lord. I pray that God will surround you, your daughters, and all of your loved ones with his merciful peace and comfort. Rob will never be forgotten. He lived a hero, and he died a hero. He walks among the very few, and the very rare indeed. God bless.

Lisa said...

Dena,
My heart is with you right now. I am so sorry that God decided it was time to bring Rob home. He truly is a hero. I wish I could be there right now to hug you. I will see you in a few days, when you know the details of his funeral. Hold onto your girls and keep reminding yourselves how much Rob loved his 3 girls.
I love you and I'm here for you if there's anything at all that you need.
Love,
Lisa

Somebody else said...

I an so sorry for your loss.

Make no mistake Rob is a hero.

God lent him to us for to short a time.

You are and will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I will continue to pray for you and your family. Your strength and faith have been amazing through this. Rob is home and at peace. God will wrap his arms around you and give the love and peace you need now. Lean into him.

LL said...

I'm so sorry. :( You are all in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I´m m so sorry... No words ... no thoughts, God is with you and the childs.

Anonymous said...

Guatemala esta de pesame! que Dios te bendiga y mucha resignacion.....

Ginny said...

Dena,
I am so sorry. I am also glad that you and the girls and his family had this time with him.
You are such a strong woman, and I think you must realize after all these weeks that your strength will get you through even this hardest task. God bless you and the girls.
Ginny Lee

Olga said...

My prayers and love to all of you. May Lord give you His love and strength in the days ahead.
God bless you

Anonymous said...

Dena---my heart is broken. At least that is what it feels like. Rob will NEVER be forgotten.
Your friend for LIFE
Love you
paige

The Walkers said...

Dena,

Our prayers go out for you and the girls. You have a wonderful angel watching over the three of you. We will continue to keep you in your prayers.

JJ & Donna Walker

Kansas Family of 5 said...

Dena-

I'm so sorry for your loss. You are amazing, remember to bring Rob to your family everyday and keep his memories alive in the girls. Let us know if we can do anything for you. Fort Riley is close!

Erin

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband was a true American hero. He will be missed by all.

The Loon said...

Dena....Rob fought so hard and long, but your strength is unwavering at this most difficult of times...and Rob's strength has been passed on to his daughters.

Although it's of little comfort to you now, Rob's suffering is gone now that he is home with his fallen brothers.

You and your daughters will continue to be in my heart and in my prayers.

Leslie said...

Dena and Family, I am so sorry. I don't have any words. Godspeed Rob Rest in Peace
Leslie
Soldiers' Angel from Colorado

The Shermans said...

Dearest Dena, Our hearts were saddened by the news. We truly loved Rob and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult days. Please know that we pray for the Lord to continue to give you strength. In Deepest
Sympathy, Frank and Anna Sherman

Joy Funk said...

I am sorry for your loss. May God comfort and bless your family, and all of our troops.

Anonymous said...

I have read every entrty you've written and am so saddened for you and your family. You are an incredible spirit and my thoughts are with you.

Ky Woman said...

Yllescas Family,

Words cannot convey our sorrow for your loss as well as ours. Just know there are many Americans who are weeping with you.

May God keep you within his embrace as he welcomes another of his Warriors home.

Godspeed CPT. Rob, Godspeed...

CPT Don Whiffen said...

To a true hero.
Thank you, Rob.
I will miss you.

The Winterbauer Family said...

Dena,

My heart is heavy for you, the girls, Yours and Robs family. Rob is pain free and walking on two strong legs with God. My prayers will continue to be with you, Julia, Eva, your mom and dad, Barb, Otto, Jenny, Chris, Natalie, Mr. & Mrs. Schott and the rest of the wonderful family in Nebraska and elsewhere.

We love you,

Colleen and Sergai

Huntress said...
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Huntress said...

May Angels Sing Thee To Thy Rest, Sweet Prince.

Godspeed Cpt Yllescas

May his family be granted strength and courage through this challenging time.

God Bless!

Dean and Nanci Gissler said...

Dena,

Words cannot express the sadness we feel for your loss. May God bless you and your girls at this time.

Dean and Nanci Gissler

Mary Lou Jackson said...

Dena Our hearts are breaking for you. Since this journey started you have been such an inspiration--the strength you have displayed surely has helped so many others. Your daily postings have been a beautiful testimony to thousands of readers. We are thankful for your faith and are so comforted to know you can be absolutely sure Rob is with the Lord. You have many difficult days ahead, your faith will carry you through. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be, the girls and your extended families.

Mary Lou Jackson

Anonymous said...

Dena and girls, I am so sorry to hear about Rob. He fought hard. May God give you peace during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Dena and girls, I am so sorry to hear about Rob. He fought hard. May God give you peace during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Life in earth is not simple to anyone, God must love him that much that he wanted to taked with him... We will pray for you and the hole family to give you strengh to overcome everything.

Lots of blessings, we love you Dena

Susan said...

Dena,
My heart is breaking for you and your girls. May God continue to give you the strength that you need.
Our prayers continue,
love, Susan

Lana said...

Dena
You, Julia and Eva are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. ~~~Lana~~~

Anonymous said...

Duane Johnson said

Dena, words cannot explain how we are feeling right now. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rob fought so hard, he is in heaven know and in no more pain. You have been such an inspiration to us and thousands more.

Duane and Ruby Johnson

amy jessup said...

Dena - My heart just breaks at this news. You and your family are in our prayers. Amy

Tammy said...

My prayers go out to you Dena and your precious girls. Hugs from Fort Worth

kkazor said...

My heart breaks for you Dena. I am so sorry for your loss. Rob is at peace and pain free and he will live on through your beautiful girls. Your love, strenth and courage are an inspiration to all. I wish there was more I could say or do. I thank Rob and all the soldiers who give the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and way of life. God bless Rob and God bless all the soldiers out there still fighting. Rest in peace Rob...you deserve it.
Love and Prayers,
Katie

James Aalan said...

I am so sad to hear of your loss. As someone who has served in Iraq and felt the joy of returning home safe and sound, it pains and hurts to know that many of my comrades in Iraq and Afghanistan are not able to do so.

Nonetheless, every person who sacrificed over there did so - beyond all other goals - in part to protect me and ensure that I was able to return. That is a debt that I shall carry with me always.

In this time of great sadness, please remember the legacy that your loved one provided to the many men and women he served with, all of whom owe our lives in great part to him and those like him. A great part of all of us - as soldiers, and as Americans - is lost with his passing and we share your grief today.

Anonymous said...

Dena....I am so sorry.....Our thoughts and prayers will forever be with you and your girls.....I will let Brian know when he calls and he will let the guys know....My heart breaks for you guys..... The McGroarty's

Jonathan & Cheri said...

A huge difficult trial to endure for sure, my heart is tight and my eyes are wet and I'm sure yours was/is a million times that. Your story had me in tears - but I couldn't stop reading! What an awesome journal for your daughters to read when they're old enough too. Keep praying as that is where you'll find your peace with this outcome. It sounds like you have lots of family - so hopefully this unfortunate event will be more bearable by surrounding yourselves with their love & support. You are amazingly strong! Best hopes for you and your daughter's futures.

Anonymous said...

Dena,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I and my church family will be praying for you, your girls, and the rest of your family. Let your mom know I'm praying for her too and I love her.
Diana Johnson (Bev's friend and co-worker)

Faith Jordan said...

Dear dear Dena,

As so many have said---there are no words to express our sadness for you.
I get a verse of the day and a quote of the day in my email, these are today's---I hope they give you comfort.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11


"Tribulation, grief, and sorrow
Are but heaven’s steppingstones
To a bright and glad tomorrow
Where no heartache can be known." ---Glass

With heartfelt love and true admiration for you and Rob and all your family.

Donna Mentink

Kati Seybold from Western Nebraska said...

Dena, I am SOOO Sorry to hear about Rob. He was doing so well. My god be with you and your family. Try and take care, Keep your head high and I pray that with time it will be easier, I know its been a year since my mom died and its still hard. Keep hanging in there and I will keep thinking about you. I hope you make a blog for yourself and the girls to keep us updated on how you guys are doing. With love and support

Kati

Erin Cote said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

Erin Cote

Tink said...

Dena,

Our prayers are with you, Rob and the girls.

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Stacy said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

SB said...

Dena.
We are all praying for you. Words cannot express this sorrow. Thank you for sharing this time with us.

Cheri Skop said...

Dena I have not written before but have been praying for all of you. Jacques Fontan was my brother and is our hero in heaven as Rob is yours. I know the road will be tough but you have an amazing faith that I am sure will sustain you. My family is constantly praying for you, the girls and the rest of the family. I can't imagine your pain. May God's love surround you. Many Blessings,
Cheri Skop

MAJ Tim Griggs said...

Mrs. Yllescas:
Our deepest sympathies with you in this time of sorrow. Your husband's sacrifice, and your spirit and grace, are inspirations for us all. We continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless you, your daughters, and Rob, as he joins our Father and watches over you.

MAJ Tim Griggs and Family

traceylynndel said...

I'm so sorry. Our prayers are with you and your family during this terrible time. I'm glad you have the peace of Christ at this time, knowing Rob is with Jesus.

Love,
The Delrosario family

toni said...

Dena,
The tears just keep coming, when any soldier loses their life, we all lose. I am so sorry. Rob died a hero, and he was married to a very special lady. Please know I will not stop praying for you and your girls, I will pray for Gods love to give you strength, and help you find peace.
Hanging-on-mom

Donna Wesley said...

Dena and family..your faith has been such an inspiration. Our country exists because of men like Rob. I stand in awe of all of you. I pray our Lord will wrap you in His caring arms and bring you comfort and rest in the knowledge you lived with and loved a true hero.

cary said...

Dena, your loss is incredible - the Captain was a true warrior, a fighter to the end, and he will never be forgotten.

Please accept my condolences.

Captain Yllescas, stand down, sir - your watch is over.

Mitch and Vicki Coffin said...

Dena, Julia and Eva, Barb, Otto,
Chris, Jenny, Natalia, Raymond and Esther, Alan and Bev, and all of your families,
We are saddened to hear of your loss. We cannot pretend to know the feelings you are experiencing. Rob has fought the good fight and is a hero even in death. We are humbled by his service on behalf of all Americans and have faith that God will continue to use Rob to watch over all of you. Please know that you will continue to be in our prayers . . . and in our hearts.
God's peace, love, and strength,
Mitch and Vicki

Anonymous said...

Maximum sympathy to your family. We know that Rob was defending our country and that we will keep his memory in our hearts.

Anonymous said...

Dena and family, we are heartbroken for you all! Rob put up a massive fight for 5 weeks against the odds. He knew you were there comforting him the whole time. Someday you will have a Blessed reunion in Heaven.
Continued prayers and thoughts,
Mary and Doug Reid, Omaha, Ne.

Anonymous said...

To the Yllescas family and all those who love Rob, I am saddened by your loss. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Thank you for sharing story with us. Your faith and strength has been an inspiration.

From one mom to another, please give Julia and Eva an extra hug and kiss for me.

Anonymous said...

May the Lord hold you tight during the coming days. God bless Rob. I thank him for his service. Welcome home Rob.
Bonnie Richards
Volunteer Veterans Advocate
www.projectshad.com
www.silverrose.info
http://www.stardustent.com/svr.htm
Freedom isn't FREE
Thank you veteran and welcome home.
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you,
Jesus Christ and the American G. I.
One died for your soul;
The other for your freedom.

Anonymous said...

I cannot express my the way my heart dropped when I read of your loss today. May the peace that passes all understanding be with you and your family. My family will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers. God bless Larry and Sandy from Iowa

Valerie said...

God Bless you and be kind to you.

Wendell said...

Dena, I am so very sorry!! Rob put up an awesome fight and we are so very proud of him and you...He was a wonderful person and I am so glad we had him in our lives for the short time we had him. I am so proud of you and the piller you have been. I can't imagine how tough it has been for you but you showed all of us how strong you are!! Know you have a huge suport team here at home and we love all of you very much!!
-Uncle Wendell

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry....Rob was an angel on earth, and now in heaven...stay strong, we all love you very much.

The Kruse Family said...

There are no words to express how sorry we feel...Our prayers are with you and your daughters. You do have an angel watching over you, I pray you feel comfort in the Lord and knowing that Rob is with the Lord.
May God Bless you all.
The Kruse Family
Lincoln, NE

gorjuzporsche said...

Dena, Barb and girls,

I have no words................I can't tell you how much I wanted Rob to come home, and to welcome him for the hero he is. You will each be in my prayers, as will Rob.

Best,
Christine and Aaron Mays

About The Caddo Tribe said...

Our family is heartbroken for your loss. Just know that you and your girls will see Rob again. When you do, he will be healthy and well in heaven. We will continue to pray for you. Rob is a true hero!

Shani and Mike Ginani

Anonymous said...

As I watch the American flag blowing in the breeze here in my Texas neighborhood tears steam down my face without pause. Thank you Rob, for your service, for my freedom. May God hold your three girls in his comforting arms. Much prayer and love.

Anonymous said...

I'm so very sorry to hear this. Prayers will continue for all of you and your extended families, and for Rob's Soldiers still fighting for us. I know this will be a blow to them, too. We're forever grateful for their steadfastness and for the sacrifices they and their families make daily on our behalf.

Thank you, Dena, for having the fortitude to share this last month with us. You've given just a glimpse of the character of our military families, and we're so proud of you all. Y'all won't be forgotten - in our thoughts and prayers forever.

Sarah said...

I came across this blog on Sunday and I have been praying for you all since then - I read the entire blog in 30 mins. I am so sorry for your loss and I can't imagine what you are going through. I wish you and your girls peace throughout this difficult time. God will sustain you.

Sarah Sells

Peggy said...

Dena, Julia and Eva, I was so sad when I read your blog. You are all in my prayers. I love you, Peggy

Anonymous said...

You and your family have been an inspiration to many and have taught us a lot about Love. God bless you all. Rob will be with you always and your family will be in my prayers. Thank you for allowing us to follow your story.

Much love

Long-time RN said...

Dena and Family,

We are heartbroken for you all.
May the incredible strength and faith that's carried you through the past weeks carry you forward.
Your angel is our hero and will not be forgotten.

Thank you for sharing this incredible warrior's journey with all of us.

Bless you and your family.

Murph said...

I served with Rob In Charlie Troop in Beatrice Nebraska where he was a specialist then a Cadet.

He was a young man of great integrity and character, and an easy sense of humor. We as a Nation and an Army are poorer for his loss.

I wish you strength and comfort and the ability to remember CPT Yllescas as the fine and honorable man he was.

SSG Jeff Murphy
Nebraska Army National Guard

Tiffany Simonsen said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxawiWqf4gA

My heart and prayers go out to you all.

Love, Tiffany

Patrick said...

Bless you, your family, and your Angel Husband.

Liz said...

Dena, my heart is breaking for you and the girls. I will continue to pray for your family during this time. God has a wonderful warrior for His Army now.

The Erickson's said...

Dena,

Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to you and your daughters. You have been empowering to all of us who knew Rob and we thank you for your courage.

With love and God Bless,
The Donald Erickson Family

Aunt Mimi said...

Dena,We are here thinking of you and your little girls. I want to tell you we share your heartbreak. We will continue to pray for comfort and peace for all of your family. Love, Uncle Dave and Aunt Mimi

Anonymous said...

I've been following your blog and praying for all of you. I have a family member who is a member of the Captain's Troop...I know how much he was respected and how well thought of he was by them.
You and your family are an inspiration and a blessing, and your wonderful husband is now in the arms of the Lord and nothing can ever hurt him again.
Strength, love and blessings to you and your family.

Karen said...

"May the choirs of angels
Come to greet you
May they speed you to paradise
May the Lord enfold you
In His mercy
May you find eternal life..."

We love you Rob and miss you already.

Anonymous said...

Dena, Julia, Eva, Barb, Otto, Chris, Jenny, Natalie, Schott and Gissler families~ Please know you are in our constant thoughts and prayers. God always takes the best!! There is an amazing angel up there that has touched so many lives. Dena you have been amazing through this all and I admire you for your strength. Please know the town of Osceola is here for you.

Ryan, Nataly, & Taylin Sanley

Kaye said...

Dear Dena, I have anxiously awaited you blog each evening and have prayed for all of you. I cant stop the tears now. Your Rob was a Hero. He could have passed at the time of the IED but fought to come see his girls one last time --even Julia and Eva were with him. May God hold you in the palm of his hand -- Thank you Capt Rob for your service to our freedom and becoming part of the lives of so many people.
Kaye in Georgia

Ben & Amy said...

Dena,
You have been so strong for so long. I can't imagine what you're going through and I wish I could somehow make it easier for you. Times like this my profession really sucks let me tell you. If there is ANYTHING I can help you with, please let me know. Any questions I can help with, etc. Depending on when the services are, we are trying our best to be there. If not and you're home at the end of the month, I'll be in touch with you. I'm so sorry... Amy & Ben

The Morgans said...

Dena, we can't express our sorrow in words. Our hearts are yours for your family.

Love,
Dave & Cari

Anonymous said...

Our deepest sympathy for the Yllescas´s Family, especially for Dena, her two little girls, Rob´s parents, especially Otto, Chris and Ana Lu and the rest of the family.
No doubt that Rob was a wonderful man and a hero that now is enjoying the sweetness of heaven!
May God bless you all and give you peace and resignation in your hearts and minds!

From Guatemala,
Francisco Figueroa Trapaga (hijo)
Ana Silvia Valdes de Figueroa

Jenn said...

Dena and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you !!Yes, you do have one of God's wonderful Angels watching over you and I know he will do an awesome job!! God be with you and grant you peace.
Jenn in Michigan

Anonymous said...

To Dena, your girls and your families,

I have sadly read your blog entry today and please know my heart goes out to you. Your Rob is a true hero and your story has touched thousands of people. Know that Rob is a strong Angel in God's army and will be looking over you always.

Sincerely,

Char from Wisconsin (Alayna's grandma)

Wendy Gade said...

I'm so sorry. My prayers are with you, your girls and your entire family. My heart aches with you.

Anonymous said...

My heart and prayers are with you and your families through this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 14:13

Anonymous said...

I prayed this morning for your husband and after the end of my duty day checked B5...and was absolutely crushed to hear the news.

Please know, my heart is breaking for you and your girls.

Rest easy Sir, we'll see the mission through to the end. God bless you and your family.
USARMYSGT

Anonymous said...

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Rangers lead the way on Earth and in Heaven.

God Bless you all,

Joe, Jen & Alexandra Martin

Anonymous said...

Words can not express how saddened we are for your loss. We feel very honored to have such a hero as Rob in Osceola for a final resting place. Rob is your angel forever.
Bob and Nancy Zelasney

Bree Loggins said...

Dena,
My heart breaks for you and the girls. Words cannot express the sadness my heart feels with you right now. You and Rob are amazing people and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Rob is truly a hero and will always be remembered as such.
As fellow Christians, we know you have peace now knowing that Rob is with our Lord. May Rob and the Lord watch over you and the girls as you learn to wait here on Earth until you can meet with him in Heaven.
Please know that your Army Family will always be here for you and the girls. If ever you need anything, please reach out to us.
Our hearts and prayers are with you as you grieve your loss, celebrate his life, and heal your broken hearts.
Bree Loggins
Wife of SFC Loggins

Anonymous said...

Dena & Girls,

I am so sorry for your loss. You are a very strong women. Your husband is a Hero.
We will keep praying for you and your family.

The Skarin Family

The Zerbsts said...

Dear Dena,
We are incredibly saddened by the news of Rob's passing. Please know that you, the girls and family remain ever present in our prayers.
Our deepest sympathy,
Rich & Beka Zerbst

Mari Arnett said...

I have never met you or Rob, but I have been praying for you both and your girls. I have been updated through the sister of Col. Eric Wesley, she is a good friend of mine. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss today. I am saddened. Your faith is amazing and it will keep you in the days ahead.

Rob is a true American hero to all of us, thank you for your sacrifice for our freedoms! Your sacrifice was huge. I will not forget! God bless you and keep you in His very strong arms!!

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time!

Kerig Pope said...

Dena,
Words cannot describe how heavy my heart feels for you and your girls. I know that you'll never let your girls forget that their father was an American hero in the truest sense, for which we are all very grateful.

I never had the opportunity to meet Rob, but I will meet him in heaven...where we'll be able to share our stories of our youth spent living in Guatemala...and I'm sure we'll both laugh together at those stories.

You and your girls will remain in my prayers. God bless you all.

Kerig Pope
Illinois

Anonymous said...

To Rob's family and friends, I only know Rob through this blog site. It is obvious that he was a wonderful man loved by many. I was very sad to see the title of the latest blog when I checked in this afternoon. Our deepest sympathy to each of you. Rob gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We are honored to have prayed for him through this ordeal. May memories of the good times that you shared help you through the difficult days ahead. He was/is a hero and will now be a guardian angel watching over each of you. The Yeagers - Atlanta, GA

Anonymous said...

Dena, we continue to pray for you and your family. Your strength has given inspiration. We love you.

Shannon and Jeremy Bryant

brat said...

{{{{{Dena and girls}}}}}}}

Holding you all in my heart with prayers and love.

The B said...

Dena,

We are truely sorry for the pain you are suffering right now. I wish we could all take it away. Just know Rob is in a peaceful place now, and be very very proud of him. Rob is everyone's hero. We will continue to pray hard to get all of you through this.

Love,
Tyler, Katie, Grace, & Jocelyn

The Behrns Family said...

Dena,

We are truely sorry for the pain you are suffering right now. I wish we could all take it away. Just know Rob is in a peaceful place now, and be very very proud of him. Rob is everyone's hero. We will continue to pray hard to get all of you through this.

Love,
Tyler, Katie, Grace, & Jocelyn

Anonymous said...

Dena and the rest of theYllescas Family,

I am so very very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family as you try to navigate through the difficult days ahead.

The Woods Family
Peterborough, Ontario

Erika said...

Dena,
There are no words to truly express my sorrow for you. All I can offer are continued prayers and love for you and the girls.
Your strength and faith through this has been amazing.
God Bless and comfort you.

Eve in California said...

My Heart is full of sadness. Every day I've read your blog with admiration and hope for your beautiful family. Love and Peace to you all.

Jessica said...

My heart aches for you as I sit here, sobbing, and reading your words. I can't express how sorry I am for your loss....you are an amazing woman who has shown tremendous faith and strength. I will continue to pray for God to heal your heart and take care of you and your precious daughters.

Anonymous said...

Dena and Rob's family and friends -

I am so sorry and so sad that Rob lost the fight. He tried so hard. I don't know what else to say except that I am so so sorry.

Rob is a true American hero. I'll never forget about him, ever.

My prayers are with you now as you mourn your loss. I am ever grateful to your family for the sacrifice that you have made and that Rob made for our Country.

In sorrow,

Carol Dzurenko

Anonymous said...

Dena- you, the girls and your entire family are with me right now. Rob put up a great fight and I'm glad you were able to spend some time with him. Your blogs have been so inspirational and you are an amazing, strong woman. I'm glad I was able to meet your family during our stay at Fort Hood.

Lots of love-

Erin Pena

midoris said...

Dena, I am so sad to read this news and send you all my deepest condolences at the loss of your husband. I have been so moved by your willingness to share so much of this difficult time with us. We will pray both for Rob who is now with God and for your family in the days to come. May God bless you and your family.

Katrina said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. May God continue to wrap his loving arms around each of you. You will be forever in my prayers.

Naples, Italy

Michelle Nelson said...

Dear Dena, Julia, and Eva,

We are so sorry for your loss. Rob was a true American hero! The Army has lost a professional soldier and we have lost a true friend! Please know that we are here for you now and we will be here for you for many years to come.

I know that God will continue to wrap you in His arms as you begin the challenges that are in front of you.

Your friends,
Thomas & Michelle

Todd said...

I happened on this story and read your blogs. I have a tear in my eye. I am saying a prayer for you and your children. Your husband will never die in your heart and your dreams. The two of you will be together again without the pain. A wonderful time to anticipate. God Bless You.

Ken said...

"Thank you" to Rob and his family for their sacrifice.

April said...

It always breaks my heart and brings me to tears to learn of yet another soldier's passing, to know that someone out there has lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother... my prayers go out to all of you.

While you are grieving this tremendous loss, don't forget to be proud of the man you all loved for he was truly a hero.

April
Another Nebraskan

Jodi Lilly said...

Dena,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Rob paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country and we are forever grateful!

All my love,
Jodi (Seifert) Lilly

Trish said...

Dena, I pray for God to wrap His Loving Arms around you and those beautiful children as you go through this most difficult time - you are an amazing woman, and Yes, you DO have an Angel watching over you - we ALL do - What a Hero Rob is!! With Love and Prayers,
Trish

Anonymous said...

Dena,

Your strength has been remarkable! I appreciate you allowing us to be in your daily life. Your girls will forever see your love for Rob! You Both are hero's!
My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for your sacrice. Your a great wife and wonderful Mother.

RIP Rob

Anonymous said...

I am deeply sadden by this news. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very sad time. I admire your strength through all of this, Dena. That strength will see you through the tough days ahead. Focus on the good memories - that's how Rob will live in all of you.

~kristi said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our family's prayers.

Anonymous said...

Dena, Julia, Eva and family,

I can not find the appropriate words to express my sadness or to comfort you. Please know that I will continue to pray for you. I can not even begin to thank you for your sacrifice. You are all heros to me!

Stacy said...

Dena, Julia and Eva,
My heart aches for your loss. I am so sorry to hear of Robs passing. Your strength has been an inspiration and know you must continue to be strong for your two little girls.
My prayers are with you and your little ones in this sad and trying time.
Stacy Hughes
CPT, AN

The Dimond's said...

Dena & family,
I am so sorry to hear of Rob's passing. You are a true inspiration to us all and have the courage to write about these heart-breaking events. Rob is now with our Lord. God is holding you and your girls and rocking you in God's loving arms. We continue to pray for you all as you pass through the difficult days ahead.
Peace,
Linda & Richard

Carol said...

Dena,Julia,Eva, Bev

Mom called me this moring and told me that Aunt Faye had called with the news on Rob. I felt a pain in my heart and the tears in my eyes. I know that Rob is in a better place. He is looking down to at his three girls and holding each of you in his hand. He is now your angel. Rob sacrifice his life like God to make it a better place for you, the girls and the rest of us to live. You have been an inspiration to me. Your faith is so strong so let it be your strength to get thur this. Your love for Rob showed thur evey word you wrote hear. My prayers are with you all. I wished I could be there for you but just know I will be with you all. Love Carol Musick

Anonymous said...

Dena,
We are completely devastated by the news and can only find comfort as we know that Rob is resting and with God, and that he is looking over you from heaven...In these difficult moments we wish you find peace and comfort in God and in your faith.
Ewald and family

Lisa J. said...

Dena --

We are so saddened by the news of Rob's passing, particularly after such heroic struggles. Surely he longed to stay with you and the girls, and fought to do so. His courage and valiant conduct is a great example, and we admire and respect him for all he has done for others he never even knew.

As others have said, your faith and support and positive outlook, and your determination to stand by Rob and be there with him, talking to him and sharing pictures and news with him, truly does reflect the depth of your commitment to Rob. You have shown what a marriage should be like in times of trial. You have been a rock of faith and encouragement to others, when surely you have been in great pain.

Please know that we will continue to pray for you, Julia, and Eva. You have a wonderful family and many friends who care about you, not to mention the many you have touched so deeply through your blog recounting your experiences. Thank you again for sharing this very difficult time with us all. We know Rob continues to love you and will indeed watch over you and the girls!

Love,

Lisa & Mike Joner

Joyce Winfield said...

Dearest Dena, Julia and Eva,

Our hearts ache because we know you are feeling an incredible numbing emptiness. Your love and devotion to Rob will be an everlasting testimony for all of us. Many times today I thanked God for all the wonderful times and precious memories that Rob, you, Julia and Eva had as a family. Rob is a true American hero who died serving his country. We know you are so proud of Rob. We certainly are proud of him and you too, Dena. We will always admire your unwavering faith, inner strength and positive outlook while you were at Rob's side. We love you very much and continue to lift you, Julia and Eva in our prayers.

We also will continue to pray for the safety of all our military personnel. We offer our gratitude for your service.

Much love,
Aunt Joyce and Uncle Doug

Anonymous said...

Sadness has overtaken me after reading this news. My son is one of the soldiers in your husband's Troop in Afghanistan which made me feel a bond with him, you and your families. I have been reading your comments on a daily basis and praying for you all. During this difficult time ahead for you all, I will continue to pray for you, your girls, your families and for that hero who has given his all for his country. God Bless you all.

The Bertron's said...

Dena, our son is in the 6-4 CAV. We have followed your blog daily. You and your family have been in our prayers constantly. We will continue to pray for your family and our troops.

Martina Corley said...

Dena,
I'm so sorry to hear of Robs passing.
I admire your strength through all of this.
God Bless you and the girls

Anonymous said...

Dena,

I am so, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

Patti said...

i am so sorry for your loss. may God bless you and yours.

Becca Berggren said...

Dear Dena,
There are no words to express enough how sorry I was to see today's post. I wish you, the girls, and all your and Rob's family, the continued love and support you've had in the past month as you move onward.

Your strength and your faith will carry you where you may sometimes feel you cannot go; be careful with yourself as you face all that is to come for you, Julia and Eva

Becca

soldierdeb said...

My prayers are with your family.

Julie Noonan said...

Dena,

I am so sorry, We share your sorrow. If you need anything, I will always be here for you. Give the girls a big hug and kiss for me. Love you,
Julie, Danny, Maverick, Alec, and Branson

Anonymous said...

Dena, I have never met you or your family, but I came across this blog and have been checking for updates about Rob and praying for his recovery every day. Your news of his passing has tears streaming down my face. I am so sorry for your loss.

We give our loved ones back to God
And just as He first gave them to us
And did not lose them in the giving,
so we have not lost them in returning them
to Him...

For life is eternal, love is immortal,
Death is only a horizon
and a horizon is nothing
but the limit of our Earthly sight.
-- Author Unknown


Praying for you in Canada

Yvette said...

Dena, I don't even know you or your family but you and Rob's story has touched my life.
I am sitting here in tears trying to type to tell you I am so sorry that Rob has passed - as you know however, he is with God now, in God's loving care and arms.
God bless you and your family - I just don't know what to say other than you are in our prayers.
Love, the Fitzjarrald family in WA state

Anonymous said...

Dena,
There are no words to express what we feel. We are so sorry. He fought the fight with you by his side. Our sympathy to you and the rest of the family.

Sue P.

Sue said...

I am deeply saddened to hear about Rob's passing! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

May you know that you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers.

All the Best!

JDF

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