our dad

Shared by Joann Lauver on January 12, 2011

 I treasure every moment I had with my dad,  He was a huge influence in my life and forever will be .. He use to tell me how much i reminded him of those of his past,  my imagination, creativity, my love to just live life and enjoy people.. He never judged me for my diversity and always promoted me to just be happy with what ever i chose to do ...  we had our ups and downs, but we always made sure we made things right, him and i refuse to hold grudges. He was so easy to talk to, I miss him a lot already...  my dad was huge into music, card and dice games , it was his way to have time with us i think in a sense with all our hectic lives, we always made time to play some dice or cards.. He loved fishing, something he did with all of us girls and something i now enjoy with my children.. My son has his middle name and i wish he could of met Hunter, he reminds me a lot of daddy.. He was a great father, grandfather and he was a wonderful friend to all.. Dads humor will be the most i miss, i guess thats where i got mine from.  In later years when his health got worse, and we had a few scares, daddy and i talked , he knew i would support any decision he would make regarding his health, he understands why i was not there with him , it always broke his heart to see us girls hurting or crying, and i couldnt do that to him.. i wanted him to go with a peaceful and loving memory of me, and that he did . thursday i got to talk to him and tell him that I loved him.. I know he knew i loved him, but i wanted him to hear it ..I got the news abruptly and it didnt register til i called my baby sister Georgia up, just the hurt in her voice was enough validation I needed, I cant help but feel sad for the lose, but I rejoice the life he lived , i love every moment we had, every lesson he did teach. I love you Daddy...Jo

Shared by Georgia Klimesh on January 10, 2011

I am Hank's youngest daughter, I got to be with him in his final days.  I have lots of memories of my father.. I remember when we were in Ohio and would go driving to pick black raspberries, most of them never made it home.  We would also visit some of dads friends and had a lot of fun playing with thier dog, Bartender.  As we got older he would take us fishing. I used to catch the bigger fish, he didnt mind.  He was always trying to teach us how to do something. How to make things out of wood.  I remember a time he tried to teach me to fix wiring, man was i scared of that.  Through the last few years he was in in Florida so that Cathy could help take care of him.  We did not get to see him as much, but we talked on the phone often. I have three daughters, and we were lucky to have him meet them.  He met my youngest this trip down.  When he saw her there was the biggest smile. Even though at times he did not seem himself, he found time to make a ponit about listening.  I was not understanding something he asked me, so I blew it off and tried to talk about something else... He said NO, and asked me the qustion again, when I understood him I gave him the answer and then he gave me lecture on how I should ask until I understand.. It was a moment that I will remember, no matter how old you are, he is still our father.  I was there with Cathy when he took his last breath.  It was hard to see him go, but he is now with his family in Heaven and has no more pain.  Daddy I love you.  Georgia

Shared by Sue Marsh (Wood-Phillips) on January 9, 2011

My first real memory of Uncle Henry was when he came to live with us, (my father was his brother, Ralph,) right after Grandma Marsh died. I don't remember seeing him around home much, I guess because I was only 6 and at school all day and he was 18, and out working to help earn his way.My memories from that period are when the whole family would go to Tiger Lake in Cozzadale, Ohio, for picnicking and a day of fishing. Uncle Henry shared my Dad's love of fishing, so he always went with us. 

Then, I remember him marrying Emma, and bringing her, Cathy and Feller (Billy), to the farm to visit. Although we've lost touch with Billy over the years, Cathy and I have pretty much always kept in touch over the years through letters, and email. We had become pretty close from those visits to the farm. 

I vaguely remember Henry bringing his second wife, and the first 2 daughters by her, to the farm, as by then I was a teenager, and out and about with my friends and boyfriends, so wasn't around much of the time when they were visiting. Therefore, I don't know much about them, or even remember their names. I don't even know when He moved to Florida. As I've said, Cathy is the only one who has kept in contact with me over the years.

Am so sorry for your loss, all of you, and Cathy, When you get a chance, send me an email. I am also on Facebook, as are Kitty Kessler Reagan, and Connie Bostic DeRico, and Phillip DeRico, as well as some of my brothers and my sister and Carol Heiden Chase . Love you.

Birthday May 2010

Shared by Cathy Strauss on January 9, 2011

Dad was residing in Woodland Terrace at this time. Pictured here with him, was his best friend and brother he never had, Joe Abess. Joe rode down from Virginia on his motorcycle for a surprise birthday visit. It was the best day, dad was happy and sad. Dad was happy to see his old friend and sad his body couldnt get up and go with Joe.

My dads humor

Shared by Cathy Strauss on January 9, 2011

    Dad was in ICU for a week prior to passing. At the time i didnt think dad was aware of what was happening. But his hearing was always good. I had just gotten bad news about his condition and i sat by his bed quietly weeping; daddy caught me. He squeezed my hand and said he knew his time was coming. Daddy then said, "honey dont cry, i am not afraid of dying, i just dont want to be there when it happens.!"  Dad did progress enough to get out of ICU, onto the main floor.

But he did make it known that he wanted the provisions of his living will enforced and therefore he did decline the dialysis. Things progressed quickly after that. I was able to get him to a beautiful hospice and he passed quietly and in peace.

 

Fondest Memories I have of my father

Shared by Christine Bauer on January 8, 2011

 

My earliest ones were of us and beauty pageants, he was always so proud of us. I would love to sit in his work shop and play with the scrap wood and make things, I guess that led to Lego’s. I remember him building us a go-cart and one of us girls (no saying who was driving) got the wheel of it stuck under the fence. Another time one of us girls put a tricycle in our pool he made for us. I remember how we would go out to Uncle Ralph’s house and a sister of mine told me that their dog was a miniature pony and I got on him, needless to say I didn’t stay on long. We loved going fishing all the time but I couldn’t catch really big fish but I was young. I remember as a kid when we would take baths, he would turn off the hall light and get on all fours and chase us as we came out of the bathroom, we would normally end up on top of the back of the couch. I remember all the magic tricks he showed us that until we were much older, we could never figure out. I remember playing dice with him and laughing because what he called it. I have so many memories that I could share about my dad but I am in tears now, so maybe when they stop, I will add more.

We Were Special In His Eyes

Shared by Christine Bauer on January 8, 2011

My father had 5 children:

Kathleen Adle
William Harrison
Jo Ann
Christine Elizabeth
Georgia Andrea

We were all named after special people in his life. I don't know who he named Kathy and Bill for but Jo was named after is his best friend, I was named after both of my parents mothers and Georgia was named after his father. So he may be gone but we will always be special.

Lifes Lessons

Shared by Joann Lauver on January 8, 2011

 

 

 

You may have thought I didn't see,
Or that I hadn't heard,
Life lessons that you taught to me,
But I got every word.

 

 

Perhaps you thought I missed it all,
And that we'd grow apart,
But Dad, I picked up everything,
It's written on my heart.

 

 

Without you, Dad, I wouldn't be
The (woman)(man) I am today;
You built a strong foundation
No one can take away.

 

 

I've grown up with your values,
And I'm very glad I did;
So here's to you, dear father,
From your forever grateful kid.

 

 

By Joanna Fuchs

An Eagle Took Flight

Shared by Christine Bauer on January 8, 2011

 

A father eagle guards the eggs until they hatch
Never knowing if there will be another batch
To him they are his only children.
One by one they hatch and grow
There is much about this world he must show
They still are his only children.
They make their first noises, first falls
They make their first flights and first calls
They are still his only children.
After some time they leave the nest
Father showed them what was best
They are still his only children.
Those baby eagles have their own trees
In those trees, their families will be
But to him, they are still his only children.
With those kids gone, he leaves the nest
He never knows what will come next
But he always has his children.
The Eagle decided that the time had came
Not wanting to cause his children pain
So this Great Eagle Took Flight.

By: Christine Bauer

A poem I have loved for years...

Shared by Georgia Klimesh on January 8, 2011

If Tomorrow Starts Without Me
Author believed to be
David Romano

 

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
all filled with tears for me,

 

I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.

 

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.

 

But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

 

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.

 

I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

 

I thought of all the yesterdays
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
and all the fun we had

 

If I could re-live yesterday
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.

 

But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
would take the place of me.

 

And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.

 

But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne.

 

He said, "This is eternity,
And all I've promised you."
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew

 

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way
There's no longing for the past.

 

You have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times
You did some things
You knew you shouldn't do.

 

But you have been forgiven
And now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand
And share my life with me?

 

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

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