One less WWII veteran
Born in 1920, grew up in rural Louisiana hunting, fishing, working on the family farm.
Enlisted in the Army Air Corp 1939
Served primarily as aircraft mechanic in Europe and North Africa
Honorably discharged in 1945
Worked in West Texas oilfields in the late 40's
Married in 1951
Worked in various plant-operated industries
First child born in 1952 (son)
Began career as independent merchandiser/advertiser
Second child born in 1962 (daughter)
Active with his family, church and career.
His wife, our mother, died in 1987
Retired from active working career in1987
1987-2000 he lived alone with family help and support
2002 daughter moved in with him to enhance that help and support
Died peacefully in his sleep February 25, 2010
An excerpt from his obituary:
.....was a wonderful story teller and loved life to its fullest. He never met a stranger. Most of all, he was a devoted husband, brother, son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.
I had someone tell me at the funeral that he was the "definition of a good man". I can't think of fewer words that could describe him better.
Of course, my notes above are about my father who recently passed away. I've been too busy to post anything about him until now. Last Saturday, at the cemetery I had pre-arranged for the folded flag to be given directly to my 30 year old son. I knew it would be special moment for him and when I saw him later I knew it was.
We're all doing okay and I write this now sort of as a tribute, but not so much that he was a WWII veteran, but more so for the exemplary level of how he led his entire life.........that's how he became a "good man".
You should be proud. A close friend of mine (also a WWII vet) passed last week as well. What an incredible legacy that generation leaves!
They truly are the greatest generation. I'm sorry to hear about both of your losses.
Now that is how I want to be remembered. Sorry for the loss.
They truly are the greatest generation and they are becoming the greatest late generation all too quickly (estimates of 1000 per day have been given). Be proud of what he helped accomplish during those years as well as his entire life. Honor him by trying to live a better life than he did. Live in such a way that you are remembered as his son, a man who carried the ball from where your father handed it off to you. My father was a WWII vet who passed in 2002 and everytime I hear of another it brings a tear to my eye. My wife and I send our condelences and will pray the good Lord gives you the strength needed take that ball down the field a little further.
Sorry for your loss, but glad that you have a rememberance of such a special man. We should all be so lucky so as to be remembered in such a positive way.:hand10:
Remember him for the good man and great father that he was.
I am sorry for being so late, but please know that my thoughts are with you and your family.
Feel free to send me a PM, or phone call. Take care and stay safe,
Sorry for your loss They just don't make family men like that any more
Originally Posted by Black Knight
"When you were born you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die you are smiling and everyone around you is crying."
^^^Sounds like this is the kind of man he was^^^^^^^^^^
God Bless you and yours