Gone to His Home on the Range
Decmeber 10, 2010
Very few families get to boast of their own cowboy. We are among those few.
Our beloved of John has long been a living legend among us. Strong, fiercely private, uttlerly devoted to family, quick to find humor, a lover of farms & ranches, unequaled in work ethic, John leaves us perplexed about how we're ever to fill the void he leaves.
In bittersweet resolve, our family gathers in preparations for his funeral on Thursday. Between now and then, what a great privilege it is to remember & share all that John has meant to us. How grateful are we that we had the opportunity to share these same things with him BEFORE he said his final goodbye.
Farewell, my brother. We'll ride the open range again someday. And this time I won't be afraid of the horse, or fall of.
I love you.
Footnote: John is the 80 year old husband of my sister, Dolores; father to Rick/Andrea, Jim/Julie, Diane, David/Heather, Vic/Mary, Monica/Tim; grandfather to Amy, April, Josh, Jessica, Charlotte, Lonnie, Hannah, Caleb, Nathan, Ashley, Emily; great-grandfather to Mason and soon-to-be born, Lincoln.