I have the wonderful blessing of having been blessed with a great family. I don't remember a time when there was sadness or crying. My family (and it is huge) loves to tell stories about times gone-by and it seems we all talk at the same time, about different things, to different people who are present. It is a madhouse and I love it.
We will all be gathering tomorrow, February 16 for my wonderful Uncle George's funeral service. He was my grandmother's little brother. I grew up hearing stories about the Great Depression, the War (and all my uncles and grandfathers served). It was a trying time for our nation. I recall that my grandmother had three small children and left her little town to go to San Francisco to share an apartment with a women she had never met, whose husband also was gone. They took turns watching one another' children while the other one worked. One worked day shift, the other worked night shift. Back in those days, there were no disposable diapers, bottles, or any of the things we think we can't live without.
People like my grandfather and my Uncle George served their country proudly and came home and served their communities in many ways. They are the "Greatest Generation." They honored God and family as well as their country. They helped build their neighborhoods and communities. What a blessing to have a family like that.
My Uncle George was a wonderful man in many ways. He spent his life serving others. He had a wonderful sense of humor and this world is less because he has gone. But, there is no sadness for his passing. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that his soul is with our Lord. There will soon come a day when we will all join together again and what a wonderful time we will have! We will celebrate his life tomorrow.
I am posting his obituary here. I want people to pay particular attention to it. Note that there is not a selfish mention of anything in it. We are to serve and so many fail to do so these days.
God rest your soul, Uncle George. We will see you soon.