- 32 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 15, 1953
- Place of birth:
Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States
- Date of passing: Mar 2, 1986
- Place of passing:
Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States
|"To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die.|
"Happy 63rd Greg. I am thinking of you today and missing you as always, but knowing that your spirit lives on inside those who loved you and who you loved. I wish I could give you a card today that would make us both laugh. Big hug to my big brother on his Birthday. Somehow you still live in my world. And that makes it easier."
"So many warm memories are flooding back to me! I hope that your
journey home was a good journey. We have missed you dear cousin, Greg.... Say hello to Sam & Marty AND my mom & dad..... see you
when it is my turn to walk that journey too. I love you.... Beth"
"30 years. I cannot believe it's been that long that you've been gone.
I treasure every memory of you still.
I think of your helping hands when things need repair.
I struggle for your steady nature when life is crazy.
I ponder your day to day life if you were still here.
I hang onto you when I feel life is too big.
I rest my head on your chest when I need family.
I remember your loving teasing when I feel alone.
I channel the feeling a gift from you gave.
I seek to reflect you when I catch myself failing.
I sense your calm in the midst of frenzy.
I center myself when your eyes see me.
I strive for your sense of friendship.
I keep in me your generosity.
I fill up from the love you still give.
I grieve for the moments missed.
I gleam with your humor and laugh.
I redeem myself reaching for your character.
I breathe in the earth and sky and stars and think of you.
I hold you in my heart forever.... still.
You affect me, teach me and guide me....still.
Thank you big brother. I miss you... but mostly I remember you...still."
"I just realized (or maybe realized again) that I'm the same age as my dad when he passed away. That's pretty crazy."
"Happy Birthday Greg. To celebrate, my first installment of old photos of you have been uploaded with more to come. I'm digging through Mom and Dad's to dig up what I can find to add this year....it's going to be 30 years that you've been gone soon and part of me can't believe it's been that long ago that I took my last photo of you out in the back yard at Mom and Dad's holding Aaron and watching the horses...just to give him some special time even though the rest of us were inside having family time. You.....you were out there spending a special moment with your son. One of the many times you put your kids first, giving them what they needed to have the best 'life start'. I watched you leave the house with him and followed you out...to capture that moment....that decision...that part of who you were.
And part of me aches because it's been so long since I have heard your voice, laughed with you, had 'Greg' Pizza with you.... But today, I celebrate your birth. You were born and you lived and lived well. And I won't forget you big brother. You are in my heart and there you'll stay."
"Big brothers. They teach us so much. And while they might transform and leave us physically, they are always with us. We know they are here, not a big brother anymore, but still a protective guiding force in our lives. We will always be together. When my form changes, our two energies will continue to connect and recharge, side-by-side, leading and following in turn, the only permanence being love."
"Thanks for sharing Aaron. This is an excellent reminder to everyone who spent time with Greg that they can add photos anytime to this page. Take those old paper photos out, take a picture of it with your digital camera and put it up here where we can all see it. Greg's Birthday is coming up. Let's see if we can add some more memories."
"Just thinking of Dad and wanted to browse the page again and say thanks to everyone who has visited and posted. I don't remember my dad at all so all I really have are memories that others have of him.
"Thank you Linda, my dear friend, for taking time to post this and remember my brother today and for the kind comment. It is always a time to reflect when the 2nd of March approaches. I should probably remember Greg's Birthday more, but in truth, the day of his death is truly a celebration of his life for me. I try not to dwell on the sadness of missing him, but on the great memories of him and the great gift of love that he gave to his wife, extended family, friends and most of all, his two sons. I know that he would be so proud of both of them.
Unconditional love. I think in many ways I took that phrase for granted until so much of it left this earth for me. Now, I can only cherish it and try not to live in regret. ....and have the same unconditional love for those who are still here.
Greg, you lived. I won't let the memory of you die. I promise."
"My great friend Julie is in part the wonderful person she is because she had a big brother who loved her unconditionally. Julie, I wish you peace in your heart and the growing sense of Greg's presence there."
"I am remembering you today Greg. I remember you every day, but March 2nd is always a tough one. It approaches with gathering malaise, each day in February draws this day more near. I don't dread it, I don't wish it away....I only hold it shrouded like an old keepsake that only a few other people would ever be interested in. Like a flurry of memory and sensation, the day comes and purges the bits of the day 28 years ago into my mind...what my will allows anyway. It's passing brings this wistful bit of pain, but in so doing, brings your 'dash' of life to the forefront of my inner thoughts. So, for this twinge, I trade the photographs in my mind...the glimpses of your smile, your laugh, your pride, your happiness and your love. While I long for another time, I am grateful to remember them. You live in my heart big brother."
"Happy Birthday Greg! The big 6-0! Can't believe it. I am getting older and I really wish you were here to see me age. I could poke fun of how you are still riding 4 wheelers and skiing at your age. Miss you Brother...Miss you. I hope somehow you can hear me talk to you when I do. It makes me feel better thinking that you can. If you can, tell Mom and Dad I love them and miss them too."
"Happy Birthday Big Brother. Remembering you today....and every day."
"Julie, your family was a large part of ours and I miss Greg and your folks alot, and I think of them often. we will all seem them sooner than we relize, Tom."
"It never gets easier to bear this day each year. I know I should try to remember all of the good times we had and how much you meant to me and how we loved each other....but sometimes all I can think of is how much I wish you were here. Feeling sorry for myself I guess.....but I miss you Greg. Even more now that Mom and Dad are gone. Every day. I SO wish you were here big brother."
"Julie, I just wanted to say that I am thinking of you and your family today--Greg will be in your hearts forever. Peace and love."
"Its hard to believe this year i will be the same age as dad was when he passed! The good do die young. Julie this is a nice way to remember him. Thank you. I only have a few memories of him now, but i love looking at old pics. I also wish Aaron could have had at least as much time with him as i did!"
"I learned to love cabbage when Greg would eat it all the time to make weight. He also used me as his wrestling practice partner at home. I put up quite a fight, and I think he even let me win sometimes. ;-)"
"(Randy L.) Greg and I spent many hours bucking heads on the wrestling mat. Our "wrestling room" was the cafeteria where Crandall would max out the thermostat the night before a meet so we could try to make weight. Be in peace, bro."
"I didn't know Greg very well. I met him one night when you and I were out and about during our Central days. He was out with some friends from work and had a big smile and hug for you when he saw you. (I think he also tucked a fifty dollar bill into your pocket :-)
I wish I had known him better, knowing how much you love him and how much impact he had on your life."
"I know it has been 25 years but I don't think I can remember a day I haven't thought about Greg it might be fishing or hunting or just having fun and if you knew me and Greg... we did have some fun. God I miss my best friend!"
"I didn't know Greg, but hearing stories from Julie about him make me feel as though I did know him. This is a beautiful way to honor his memory.
"Twenty Five Years ago today. It's hard to believe. I still miss you every day and wonder how all of our lives might have been different. I hope that some of your friends will leave a tribute to share more about you. I know that would mean a lot to Adam and Aaron and someday to Kylor."
"I am creating this memorial for my brother 25 years after his death. We didn't have the internet when he died, but we do now and I want to use it to allow people to remember him with their memories, thoughts and stories.
Please feel free to share his Forever Missed address with anyone you think may want to share something about Greg."
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