In Memoriam

Daddy walking my beautiful Ashley down the aisle.

Daddy walking my beautiful Ashley down the aisle.

Last week, my little corner of the world said goodbye to a wonderful man as my father transitioned to his heavenly home.  He had fought a 15 year battle with cancer and finally said “enough”.  He faced that fight with faith, humor, and incredible courage.  And so it was fitting that we celebrated his life with both faith and humor at the service honoring him.  It was incredible to hear from those he touched on his earthly journey.  Young and old, rich and poor, and from very faith and background, we are still hearing stories about my dad.  And in every one there is usually a very bad joke and a wealth of joy; both of which characterized his every waking moment.  For 20+ years he served his country in the Air Force all over the world, and for another  20+ years he taught young people at Oklahoma State University.  And everywhere he went he modeled integrity, faith, and a zest for life that impacted those around him far more than I think he realized.

Daddy, I am honored and blessed that Papa chose you to be my father.  Thank you for modeling faith, honor, and integrity to me always.  Thank you for honoring and loving Mom the way you did.  Thank you for being a father to my children when they needed one and to countless other young people that came into your life.  And thank you for teaching me the importance of a good sense of humor.  I will love you always and miss you without despairing, because I know that we will be reunited again.

And for goodness sake, don’t tell Saint Peter the one about Foot, Foot Foot, and Foot Foot Foot…

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