Lou

“Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also.  You know where I am going, and you know the way.”                                            John 14:1-4

He was a man who did not want attention brought on to him. He loved God, his family, and he lived a life of service to others. He was an Army veteran, called up during the Berlin Wall crisis in 1961. He served his country while on duty, and also after he had left the service. He volunteered to be in the honor guard of veterans at their funerals so that they would have the final dignity of the recognition of a grateful country.

He served for many years in the U.S. Postal Service, retiring from there, and he often also did side jobs to provide for his wife and three girls. People on his route were blessed to have him around, because he would go out of his way to help some of the elderly folks on his route. He didn’t talk about that much, but others did.

He never met a joke that he didn’t like, and he had a library of them in his head. Whenever you spoke to him, he’d say “Hey, I’ve got a joke for you”. They were clean jokes, many corny jokes, but they made you laugh, and that was his point- he wanted people around him to feel better.

He told those jokes to whomever he encountered, because he wanted to lift up others. Even as he was going through the final stages of the cancer that finally claimed him- after a long and courageous fight- he told jokes to his doctors and caregivers.

He was married to my sister for 58 years, and they raised three very sweet, very special girls. They and many others will miss him terribly.

Most of those reading this blog did not know him, but I wish you could have. His life truly was a life well-lived. A man going about his business and his life in a very responsible way, loving his family and others in quiet warmth.

There is a saying that I have mentioned before in this space, and that is, “Our job is to make every place we have been better for our having been there”.

You did that Lou. We love you, and we miss you.  

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