Friday, March 17, 2017

Cleared to climb UNLIMITED...

Dad passed away this afternoon, here at home, very peacefully. He lead a good long life. He was a farmer who hunted and fished and golfed all over the West, but his greatest joy was to kick the tires and light the fires in a fighter jet. 




Love You, Dad.


 

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  1. My deepest condolences. But what a life! And to have been loved so much.

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    1. Nelly,
      Thank you, he was much loved by many.

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  2. Congratulations to Dad for a life well lived and for people well loved, for deer and trout slain, for JP4 burned in defense of a nation and for the thrill of strapping himself to the rocket.

    My heart goes out to you in particular, Brig, for being faithful, honorable and kind.

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    1. LL,
      Thank you, for having been one of his biggest supporters. He always said he would like to have met you in person, and he never said that kind of thing lightly.
      Of course, I might have made you a little larger than life in my telling him about you...
      Hugs

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  3. Loving, loving, loving you especially and all your family. Sad for your loss but rejoicing for your dad's unlimited climb.

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    1. Granny Annie,
      Thanks you, I know you have been down this path with the loss of your dear Ron.
      Love your enthusiasm for life!

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  4. I am so very sorry. Prayers to you and your family.

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    1. CiNdEe,
      Thanks, you more than most know the loss of a much beloved Dad. Prayers for all of us.

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  5. LL said it best. Thank you for sharing with us.

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    1. Changes in the wind,
      It is never hard to share with those who care about us. Thank You following along.

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  6. What a very lucky man he was to have lived his life as he wished and to have such a loving faithful daughter. God bless you all.

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    1. Adrienne,
      He was lucky, but he also made the effort to make being around him a wondrous experience. Thank You.

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  7. Dad, we got to know quite well through Brig. Thank you for adding so much to our lives.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Dang, I wish Dad could have gotten to meet you, you would have been a pair to draw to for sure.
      Thank you.

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  8. Sorry for your loss. It sounds like he was a man richly blessed in his life and had the wisdom to know it. Going on with dignity is what most of us hope will be our lot.

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    1. Rain,
      Thank you for your kind words.

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  9. I am so sorry. Sending you much love and hugs. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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    1. Celia,
      Thank You, it was my pleasure to share him, he was a character of the first order.

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  10. He was blessed with the love of a Good Daughter. No man can ask for more. Take some time for grief, it is not a bad thing. We will be waiting around, when you come back.

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    1. SCOTTtheBADGER,
      Thank You Scott, grief is a very personal thing, isn't it. I have so much to do to take care of everything, that I need to hit the ground running now. But I know the day will come, and I have a feeling it will be when we fly him up to hunt'n camp.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this very personal experience. Your stories throughout the last several years are ones of perseverance, humor, generosity, and loyalty. All of us who have read your stories of caring for your father are heartened by your devotion and your ability to put down in writing the very real feelings and thoughts we all have had at these emotionally excruciating life experiences. As I have written, losing a parent is one of the most profound experiences in life. Many blessings sent from the Rancho to you and your extended family.

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    1. Cheri Block,
      Thank you for reading, commenting, and enjoying Dad. You and I have lost a much beloved parent, I pray that our children & grandchildren will think as highly of us when the time comes.

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  12. Thoughts and prayers for y'all. Know he has gone to a better place now.

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air...
    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark or even eagle flew --
    And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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    1. OLd NFO,
      Thank you for that Jim, it is one I have always loved.

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  13. I am so sorry. Even when you expect it, the loss hurts so much. I know you will miss him so but the man certainly did it his way and enjoyed the time he was allowed.

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    1. Arkansas Patti,
      Thank You, yep he did have a good long life, and one need not ask for more than that.

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  14. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Your Dad was blessed with a wonderful Daughter.
    And thank you for your thoughtful and inspiring posts.
    Stay strong, Brig.

    =T.W.=

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    1. =T.W.=
      Thanks for your kind words, and I am pleased you like my posts. No worries,they raise us to be strong here in the back of beyond.

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  15. I have nothing to add to all of the above except thank you for sharing your Dad with us. He certainly was special!
    Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

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    1. Suz,
      He was quite the man, and I enjoyed sharing him. Hugs and Prayers to you.

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  16. So sorry for your loss. May your Dad rest in peace and rise in glory. I'll be sure to remember his intention at Mass.

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    1. LSP,
      Padre thank you for the intention, I have a story for you about Dad & the priest that came to visit him recently. (Dad wasn't Catholic)

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  17. He lived the right way, and you can be proud of him. He raised his daughter well.

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    1. c w swanson,
      Thanks, he had a very interesting life, and I will miss his great stories.

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  18. Well done, Brig. Well done. I spent the night out on the deck smoking cigars with another old veteran, waiting for the morphine to kick in so he could sleep despite the cancer pain. We're close to what you have done, and we're very proud of you. Sleep well, dear Brig. He's very grateful, and your love will never be forgotten.

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    1. GruntOfMonteCristo,
      aah, Grunt, I am sorry to hear about your old friend. God Bless you for being there for him. I'm sure it means more than you know.

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  19. May the memories of your wonderful Dad comfort you. He was a very special Dad and you are a very special daughter. Thank you for sharing your lives with us, Brig.

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    1. Chickenmom,
      Thank You, it was a joy to share him.

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  20. Ah, Brig. Your loss is ours as well. Seems it all unfolded well.
    You both are well loved.

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    1. Barber Cat,
      Such kind words do a heart good. Thank You.

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  21. A life well lived is truly something to admire.
    My heart is with you, Brig.

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    1. jenny,
      Thank you, may God Bless you greatly. Hugs to you & the littles.

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  22. I have been occupied with things this weekend and just finding this out now. My condolences.

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  23. Brig, I'm both sorry for your loss, and filled with admiration and gratitude for the example you and your father set for us all. Thank you for sharing the experiences of these past months with us. My prayers will be with you in the days ahead.

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    1. shoreacres,
      Thank you seems so pale in comparison to your kind words, but it is most heartfelt.

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  24. May he rest in peace and you and yours find solace in the knowledge of a life well lived.

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    1. juvat,
      Thanks, he was blessed to live a full life, and I take much comfort in that.

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  25. Brig, I changed computers, and lost your bookmark on my old machine. I have not visited in ages. I somehow found my way here, tonight. Only to find out that your father had passed from this land to another, more peaceful one. I have no words to say, except that I share your sorrow, at your loss. I felt much joy from your tales of life with your dad, and now feel some of your sadness at his loss, even though he lived life on his terms and left the same way. May you be at peace in the coming days.

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    1. pigpen51,
      Thank You, he was sharp in mind until the last, and passed so peacefully.

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    1. waepenmann,
      Thank You, I think he knew he was greatly loved by many.

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  27. His little Brighid done good by him. He's cleared for angels unlimited.Cherish the memories. Thanks for letting us in. May the peace of God which passes understanding guard you heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.

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    1. Ed Long,
      There was nothing he loved better than flying jets, so I know he is happily dog fighting in heaven.
      Thank you for the blessings.

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  28. You did a great job of painting his personality for us over the years and we all found him charming and important Such a sad day for you. While you will alwys miss him deeply, I hope that you also heal with time.

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  29. Deepest sympathy and prayers, Brig.

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