Wednesday, January 18, 2012

His Painful Fight Is Over

      It's hard to remember what day it is today or where on earth I have left my cell phone.....just found it in the refrigerator to tell you the truth. But one date will stick with us forever, and that is December 28 2012. That's the day we put our father in the hospital for what we believed would be for a short time. It was the longest two weeks of our lives. After many ups and downs, and moments of good news followed by hours of devastating news, our Dad lost his battle on January 12th.

Many years ago at the country club for Christmas brunch.

Dad and my two brothers many years ago.

He had laid out his wishes and we did the best we could to honor and follow his instructions. In the end we hoped we had made him proud that we did all we could to save his life in such a way that he would have his life back. We knew he did not want to ever see the inside of a nursing home. We feared that would be the out come and were making plans for him so as to avoid that at all costs. But in the end God took him home and we were grateful that he was out of pain and with our Mother.
During his trips to Europe to over see and open the bank branches on many Army bases.

We worked feverishly to put together his funeral in a matter of two days. Dad was the most organized person I have ever known. So it was no surprise that he had written his own obituary and had a photo taken for the newspaper. We hope the funeral honored who he was and what all he had done during his life. The final military honor guard ceremony I believe would have made him very happy.

Here is a link to his obituary and a brief slide show of photos we put together at Flanner and Buchannan funeral home.
He was always so proud of his years in the Air Force during the Korean War. What he did was top secret and he took those secrets to his grave. He was a man of strong character and solid dedication in everything he did. He never said an unkind word and felt his opinion was his own and never forced it on anyone else.

My Mom and Dad are seated on the right of the photo.
Memorial weekend 2011 on my deck with my niece,brother and sister in law.

His presence in our lives will be forever missed...................but the spirit of who he was still remains.


  1. Dear, dear Rebecca - I am SO, so sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful man. Love and peace to you, my friend...Tanya

  2. Such a lovely tribute to your Dad and family! Prayers and hugs for you and your family Rebecca!

  3. Give yourself time to grieve. You and your family have lost a very important person and that loss will require time, tears, and happy memories to ease your pain. All of you are in my thoughts.

  4. Rebecca losing someone so dear is tragic. I wish to you that time will heal the pain and you will always remember and cherish the moments you had with him. My thoughts are with you!