On November 20th, my father, age 86, passed from this life. His body was worn and weary from battling Parkinson’s disease for many years. He was surrounded by his loving family as he peacefully took his last breath. He is now clothed with that glorious body that he so longed for, so that he could be present with Christ Jesus, His Lord. The apostle Paul knew, that while he was in his mortal body, he would not be present with the Lord. 2Corinthians 5:6-8 “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” It is obvious that he’d rather be absent from that mortal body and present with the Lord.
Death for a believer in Jesus Christ is a seamless transition into the presence of the Lord where…“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 We are sad and yet rejoicing in his victory.
Read here about my father, the soldier and farmer.
My father’s heart had an affection that communicated unconditional love. We often view God through the lens of our earthly father. My father communicated love to me through loving actions and encouraging and uplifting words; words of affirmation. He was a great listener. When you met my father, you never got the feeling of “here I am” but rather “here you are”. His gift of unconditional love was demonstrated in all these ways; it gave me a sense of love, belonging and safety.
He was known for his charity, love for the underdog, compassion and willingness to love and help. He had no respecter of person and no job was too lowly for him. He had an innate desire to believe in people and to sympathize with failures, never standing in judgment. He was quick to humor with his flashing good looking smile. He never knew a stranger in his life. He had a goal to make every person an instant friend, bringing a few minutes of joy to them. He would always error to the side of over-forgiveness, blind love, and compassion. He has left us with the most valuable legacy…that of love. I want to thank my dad for passing the baton of faith on to us children and I want to pass this same baton on to the next generation. I want to thank-you Dad for communicating to me who God was by how you lived your life.
5 years ago we took my parents to Tucson…wonderful memories…
Dad and Mom (while Dad was still in good health)
I took my dad out for pizza about 2 years ago…
In failing health, about 18 months ago
About 6 months ago with Broderick and Anika (in the nursing home)
We have appreciated all the kind and loving acts of service during this time of grief. The prayers of many were felt by our family. My mother is still in good health and strong mental capacities. She has a deep faith that will strengthen her in the days ahead. Thank-you Lord for a father who was easy to love, respect and honor. May his memories never fade!