Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My Dad . . .

Dad passed on December 1 - at about 5 pm. He would have been 91 the day after Christmas.

He was born at home on a family Montana homestead in 1918 during the horrible flu epedemic. He was one of 8 children and his mother died when he was 16. He was then not able to finish high school, but went to work to help with the 2 younger children so they could finish. Education was important to him. He loved my mother with all of his heart - his face would light up when she entered the room. That never changed.

He taught me to draw as a child. We drew many pictures of horses together. He taught me geometry when it didn't make sense. He would give it meaning from his memory of the "postulates and theorems". He taught me the Gettysburg Address from his memory when we rode to town to take wheat to sell at the elevator. He taught me to love family and work hard. He always said, "never make decisions of the heart based on finances".

I love him and I will miss seeing him, but I know he will always be with me.

I love you, Dad.

8 comments:

Judy Whitehead said...

Carol my sympathies go out to you and your family. {{hug}}

jhwolf said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Carol. I will pray you and your family receive strength to get through this time.

Judy in MO

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss, I know what he meant to you, God be with you and your family during this time of horrible loss.... He lived a full life and had you to bring such joy to his heart and soul... Sending love to you, he is in a better place..... Hugs, Ronda

Diana said...

I'm so sorry you lost your sweet father. As much as we think we are ready, it still hurts when it happens. So final. You have wonderful memories and love. Let that comfort you. You have my deepest sympathy.

Jami C said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending (((Hugs))). Jami

Carol said...

Thank you so much for the love and caring. He was a very good Dad. These past few years have been really difficult for him due to extreme health issues. He was a loving man and I know he is now enjoying a reunion with his siblings and his parents. I suspect they are having a great party. I miss him though.

Anonymous said...

Carol, my sympathies to you and your family. Your father sounds like he was a very special, loving person who will be missed by many. May your many memories give you some smiles along with your tears. TeresaL

Penny Bubar said...

Sounds like you had a great Dad. What great memories you will have. Bless you Carol.