- 70 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 14, 1939
- Date of passing: Nov 1, 2010
|Father, Teacher, Friend|
"Rest in peace, little brother."
"A lot has happened this year. Many times I wished for your input or advice. Because of your love, years of sharing and my experiences with you, I somehow still knew and continue to know you are with me."
"Happy Father's Day, Dad! I love you. Staying alert and remembering I don't have to answer the phone just because it rings--because I don't owe everyone an explanation for everything :)"
"This day, 3 years ago the family gathered in dad's hospice room. Nurses told us though he couldn't speak he could likely hear us as the sense of hearing is the last to go. I distinctly remember telling him "It's okay for you to go, we will miss you, but we will be okay." We do miss you, Dad and somehow thrive rather than just survive. Thank you for the example of love you left behind."
"Happy Father's Day from China! I love you, Dad!!"
"Thinking of you today, your birthday, and remembering all you did to make each of us better people. You have been missed and will always be in our hearts. Thinking of you in His loving arms. Ren"
"Dad, as I walk through the highs and lows of life as they come, I know your love and wisdom goes with me. You would be happy to see my life changing for the better today, and although you are gone, the memory of your constant encouragement and occassional tough and blunt approach has pushed me to do the right thing, even when it is the hard thing. Together, we can make it. xoxo"
"Honoring your memory. You have been missed and will always be in our hearts."
"I love you, Daddifer!"
"On Father's Day, as every day, you remain in our hearts. Your
legacy remains strong, as Lori prepares to go to China, Jenn makes
a difference in helping others and Donnie is promoted and effective as
a Navy officer. I know you are proud, as I am. Miss you"
"Remembering Dad on his Birthday. Love you Dad!"
"I wish I had a chance to know Don better. I know him through his children. Don's children are awesome adults who are his legacy of the man he was.
Lori, Jen, Donnie, Rennie, I love you all & think about you often. You are in my prayers."
"Dad had the ability to deal with pain with grace. After Dad passed, I found a book he had been reading, "90 Minutes in Heaven" which he had marked & highlighted everywhere. Reading that, I could see how he approached his pain in a way that would make it easiest on us. Dad allowed us to help him so that we would'nt feel so helpless, even while his fate hung over us all. Love & Gratitude"
"It is difficult to say, in words, how much we have missed you.
Mostly the things you taught, knowing you would be leaving, are
held close to heart; i.e., "staying alert", adding closure, communicating in specific ways, your hospitality and love for animals. You were loving us all by teaching."
"I love you, Daddifer. You are still very missed. I know you are having a great time with Jesus and Grandma. You are probably fixing His chariot right now. Tell them I said hello. I'll be there soon.
"A year has passed and you remain in our hearts by the unique and caring way you spoke into each of our lives. You would be so proud
of Lori, Jenn and Donnie. They have honored you by doing their best
to remember what significant things you took time and love to teach them. They honor you with who they are. Ren"
"Happy Father's Day Dad. I love you."
"I, am sorry I took so long to get to this as i do not get on my p/c everyday like I should, really enjoyed the fun times and all the stories, all the airplane stories, in the navion, i probably am limited to space, he was special to me his shirt-tail rel from kansas, Foreever, Riffle Cuffy Lorentz,"
"Don's wit, wisdom and caring spirit will be missed by all who loved him. I remember him by his willingness to serve up a meal for all who visited him. His children's lives are a tribute to him. I am so thankful I was a small part of his life."
"From Helen Heiden:
The Rooks and Heiden families have been friends for 53 years. We watched as Don grew to be a fine young man,learn to fly, join the service, get married and become a wonderful father. He was always there for his Mother when she was ill. He was a gentle man and a gentleman. He will be missed!"
"Lora and Donnie,
Although I didn't know your father, he and your mother must have done a great job for the two of you to turn out so good. I'll be thinking of you both through this difficult time. You and your mom will be in my prayers."
""Daddifer D" I know you will always be in my heart. With every kind word you said to me, with every thoughtful discipline, with every remembrance of you laughing ridiculously hard or allowing your big, sensitive heart to show through your tears, I will remember you with love. You were like a dad and a grandfather all rolled into one. I wouldn't trade having you as my dad for anything. Love ya!"
"Judy (Higgins) Mongello
This was a family that meant so much to my early life. A great family! I had not seen Don in many years but he would call from time-to-time and we always found something to laugh about. Wonderful memories are mine...memories of good times with the Rooks'. Their parents raised 2 wonderful men and I feel privileged to have loved them both."
"I'm so grateful that I was able to spend so much time with Don these last 6 months. He made me laugh every day. He was such a caring and sensitive man. I see those qualities as well as his sense of humor every day in Donnie and I know he was a great man to raise such an amazing son."
"Although I only met Dr. Rooks a couple of times, I know he was an incredible man. His daughter, Lora, couldn't have the wonderful characteristics she has unless she had a wonderful role model. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Love you lots, Ed and Cyndee"
"Dad, I love you. I miss you so much. Each time I run up against a problem, I want to ask your advice and can't. However, I hear your voice in my head, "Stay alert." "Don't take yourself so seriously." "There are an INFINITE number of degrees to turn the steering wheel, don't jerk it like that." "Millions of people have done that. You can, too." See, I was listening. <3"
"Although we never got to spend much time togather as family, I always thought alot about Don and his love of flying. So sorry for your loss.
Mike and Pamela"
""Little Brother", I treasure our good times, sad times, in between times. You'll be missed.
"Big Sister" Gerre"
"I had not seen Don since high school but always thought good thoughts of him. He was so much fun on all our good old band trips. And was always so protective of his sister Gerre. I'm sure he was a wonderful father, and will be greatly missed. God bless your family."
"If the measure of a man's life is the character and strength it produces in the lives of others, Don's life will count in multiple ways.
The jewels in his crown are his children. The impact and wisdom they have, and will have as they touch others, is already astonishing.
I know he knew God's love and provision carried us through and that gave him peace.
He lives in our hearts forever."
"My best friend, coach, and pops. I miss you and will see you on the other side. I thank you and mom for providing me with the necessary skills to live a successful life; a gift no one can ever take from me. Your lessons and wisdom will be with me forever. I promise to use your namesake with honor, courage, and commitment. I love you. God bless."
"Vicki and I visited Don's mother earlier this year and then returned for her funeral. On both occasions Don, even though he didn't feel well and was in fact hospitalized at the time of his mother's funeral, entertained us with so many stories and boy, could he still laugh and tell those stories. We will treasure the miniature branding irons he made for us. I wish we could have had more time."
"I did not know Don well, but I know his children. No man can have such amazing children without being an amazing person."
"Don was always a friend and fun to be with - he will be missed."
"Don warmed a room with his wit, wisdom and wonderful smile, even while he struggled to breathe. His love offering was usually food, served with an overflowing helping of insight and reality therapy. He was an intense, profound, and undeniably impactful man and I will miss him until we meet again."
"Was a nice man who raised 3 awesome children."
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