Thursday, Donna Van Treese thought her husband's killer would face the death chamber but that is not the case.
The Supreme Court put Richard Glossip's lethal injection on hold while they examine the drugs used in the execution process.
News 9's Justin Dougherty sat down with Donna as she remembered a dedicated husband and father.
Because Richard Glossip was found guilty for the murder of Barry Van Treese, Barry's wife Donna feels Glossip stole her husband's voice.
Now, her goal is to be that voice.
"I want them to know him as a person. Who loved and cared and played and sang silly stupid songs to him you driving down the road on vacation you know," said Donna Van Treese, Barry Van Treese's wife.
On January 7, 1997, Donna Van Treese found herself raising five children alone.
"Their dad got stolen from them and no child should ever have to be told their dad is never coming home again,” said Donna.
Richard Glossip was found guilty for stealing Barry Van Treese from his family.
Convicted for hiring Justin Sneed and plotting Barry's murder, Glossip has since claimed his innocence.
"I've never been in trouble in my life, I've never done anything wrong and I've always tried to help people and do the right thing in life," said Richard Glossip, death row inmate.
"He has no words that would ever change my mind on anything," said Donna.
This year Donna and Barry would have been married 36 years. She calls all five or their children productive members of society.
At times she said anger creeps in, but that hasn't stopped them from living.
"It's a waste of time, you know pull up your boot straps and keep on going no matter how deep it gets," said Donna.
She continues that motto even on the day she thought her husband's killer was going to be held accountable for his actions.
"I know that it all happens for a reason. We may not know the reason, we may never know the reason, but sure there's anger there's anger that you want it to be over with you want this part to be finished you want to be able to take a breath and to carry on knowing that justice has been served," said Donna.
Donna said she does not plan on attending Glossip's execution, she has her reasons and her family understands.
Justin Sneed is currently serving life without parole for his role in the Van Treese's murder.