Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Dad

If you're not friends with me on Facebook than you probably don't know that my father passed away on September 9th after a short battle with cancer. Actually, I can't really say battle because by the time he was diagnosed it was too late to do anything for him.  After 2 1/2 weeks of tests and two hospitalizations, he was put under Hospice care and passed away peacefully 2 days later.

He had time to make his wishes known, what funeral home he wanted ( Heeney-Sundquist, same one that we used for my mom and my grandmother ), what songs he wanted (It's a Wonderful World,at the funeral home Prayer of St. Francis and Ave Maria at the church)and that he wanted a military funeral, minus the 21-gun salute.

He also had plenty of insurance and money left from the sale of his house so everything was easily paid for.

Like he had done for us our whole lives, he made sure he had our backs!

Funeral Home

My dad was very proud to be a Korean War vet. I had never seen a military funeral before and it was touching.

US Army logo on the side of the hearse

Two military personnel were standing at attention when we pulled up to the grave site .

I didn't take a lot of pictures, obviously because it would have been tacky. I really wanted a picture of his flag draped casket sitting at the grave site but no one took one.  This is as close as I got.

After the service and taps was played, the flag was folded and handed to my brother as the oldest son.

Then we hung around until he was buried in the grave site he bought next to my mom when she passed away in 2002.

It was as nice of a service as it could be and a wonderful send off to a special man.

I will miss him a lot but I am comforted to know that someway, somehow he is with my mom again.

Until the next time.....


Ann said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have been to a few military funerals. It always gives me goosebumps listening to taps. I have an uncle who was a Korean war vet.

Sally said...

Oh, my sweet buddy. I know how difficult it is losing both of your parents. I'm glad that you feel they're together again, and as you say, some way some how.

Since Mom passed away, I have the flag from my father's funeral; it's encased in a wooden and glass frame. I'd like for my brother to have it when I'm gone.

Dad passed in 1994, my oldest brother in 1998, and Mom in 2000. As we left the Hospice when she died, my youngest brother said to me "we've never been orphans before". It's not something that we want to be, but like you I want to believe the three of them and little Ben are together again.

God bless you all who loved your parent so very much.

Lots of love to you, my sweet, sweet friend.

Paula Kaye said...

I am so sorry for your loss!! I love military funerals They are so special. At Richard's funeral we had taps and the flag was folded and presented to me. He was cremated so there wasn't a coffin. I am glad your dad did not have to battle for very long. And now he is at peace. You will miss him very much! I am sending a big hug and my thoughts and prayers

Judy said...

That blonde lady and the black officer were at my Uncle's military funeral. They do a wonderful tribute.