In Honor Of My Dad

Today, August 27th, 2008,  was my dear dad’s birthday. He was born in 1894 and lived 92 years worth of poverty, hard work, sweat, troubles, world wars, and a great deal of fun and pleasures. He fought in World War I, had a finger shot off, was one of only 19 out of a whole company that went out to “blow a rail head” in France and came back alive. He had two criss-crossing bullet holes through his helmit. He was awarded the Victory Medal but never asked for his. I’m still humping it to come up to his level of a real man. Dad was a very wise man, regardless of his mistakes in life. I could write for hours on the merits of this great American. It is appropriate to honor him first here on “It’s Day By Day”, for that is exactly how he lived his life. But I will have more to say about that title at a later date. Meanwhile, I must say, “THANKS DAD!” -DA
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8 Responses so far

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    Trinette said,

    September 1, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

    Grandpa really was one of a kind, and so is his son(MY DADDY).

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    Aaryn said,

    September 2, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

    grandpa, you are the best! And I’ll be 40 years old and still sitting on your lap.

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    Katherine Coker said,

    September 3, 2008 @ 7:55 am

    Evert was my father-in-law for 50 years lacking 2 months, and a wonderful person, full of wisdom, encouragement and spiritual guidance. I will be forever grateful to have known him and most of all to have been his daughter-in-law.

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    Tina (Your First-Born) said,

    September 4, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

    I’ll never forget Grandpa telling me with that knowing sparkle in his eye, like the cat that ate the canary, that if you’re a good listener, you not only know what the other person knows, but you also know what you know. The other person who does all the talking only knows what he knows. I never forgot that. What wisdom!

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    Tina said,

    September 4, 2008 @ 9:20 pm

    I’m proud of Grandpa for serving our country and being awarded the Victory Medal, but let me tell you about MY DADDY! He also was awarded the Victory Medal but never asked for it. Who gave it to him? His daughters! He is an amazing man of God, amazing husband and amazing father, who must have inherited his wisdom from HIS Daddy. I could write for hours on the merits of this great man, my Daddy! And his children and grandchildren are his legacy.

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    Brittney G. said,

    September 8, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

    Grandpa, and my Great Grandpa are awesomely amazing!

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    Chris said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 12:43 pm

    Hi, Uncle Don.
    I also think you and Aunt Pat are amazing people. In the midst of my chaotic upbringing, I so enjoyed the time we spent visiting your family. Your family was the greatest example of peace and stability I had ever observed in my youth. It was wonderful to see how gentle you and Aunt Pat were with your daughters. Your example had a great impact on me, learning it is possible to have peace in the home. You and Aunt Pat always taught by example and live according to how the Lord intends for us all to live. The Light of the Lord always shines in you.
    Many Blessings.

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    Jeremy said,

    January 3, 2009 @ 11:00 am

    I cannot claim any blood relation to your father, Don. Nor can I say I even knew him for a short time. However, he sounds as though he was quite literally, a warrior for the kingdom of God. Praise God for people like your father! Without good men like this, we may not have the freedom to worship the one true God in the US.

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