Friday, April 27, 2007

My father is gone...

My father died today. I'm heading out to deal with his wife and all of the things that need to be handled. He and his brother, John were on a lake (Brushy Creek) near Webster City fishing yesterday. They didn't comprehend the depth of the water and went over a spillway. I don't have all of the details, but somehow Uncle John tied my father (who had Parkinson's Disease) to the steering wheel and took off into the woods to go get help. He made it about 100 yards, passed out and died from exposure. They found them this afternoon.

Dad's in heaven. I know that ... and I'm great with that. It's going to be hard - people loved my father and their pain is going to continually wash over me. But, I loved my dad and I'm thankful for his life. Fishing was his greatest joy.

Please keep his wife, Priscilla in your prayers. My sister, Carol, my brother Jim and I will be there to care for her as much as we can. She has cared for him for the last 20 years as his Parkinson's progressed and this is going to be difficult for her. We do covet prayers ... and thank you.

3 comments:

Jacqniel said...

Diane, My heart is breaking for you. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. May you feel God's presence as you help your step mom and grieve his loss. Love you, Jacque

Diana said...

Diane, we are so sorry to hear about what happened to your dad. I know you were very close to him, and you will miss him dearly. Just know that you and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Love, Steve and Diana

Rebecca said...

I am just now getting to your blog and reading this and my heart hurts for you...there are a million things I want to say about him being in a better place and blah blah blah but really you know all that... you've been through this before... so I guess all I can say is I love you... but more importantly so does God and He is holding you close right now!
xoxoxoxo