Thursday, August 05, 2010

Rest in Peace

It is with great sadness that I write that my father-in-law passed away yesterday. We did not expect him to make it this long, and I am thrilled to say that he *did* get to see a picture of his newest grandson before he died.

I cannot begin to write about him in a way that would do him justice. Those who knew him knew what an incredible husband, father, and grandpa he was. His children liked to tease him over the ONE time in their childhood that he raised his voice. ONE time! Knowing him for 13+ years as I did, I can vouch for the validity of that story. He never once raised his voice, spoke ill of someone, or lost his temper. I know that sounds cliche, but it really is true. (My husband comes by his calm temperment honestly). I was honored to be his daughter-in-law, and we will all miss him terribly. We grieve, but my husband (amazing man that he is) has reminded us through this whole ordeal that all of it is temporary, and we will see him again. We truly will.

May his soul, 
and the souls of all the faithful departed, 
in the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen.


Betty Beguiles said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. We will keep him, and your entire family, in our prayers! Lots of love!

Abigail said...

What a wonderful Father-in-law. I will pray for your husband and your family this weekend.

Suburban Cowgirl said...

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed seeing and visiting him at your home. As you said, a kind and gentle man. May his soul rest in peace.

CD said...

I'm sorry for your loss. He must have been wonderful. It is lovely to see a daughter-in-law write such beautiful things about her father-in-law. Praise God that He gives us people like your father-in-law to not only make this life better but to also remind us of the peace and glory that awaits us.

Ouiz said...

Thank you so much for your prayers for his soul. He still is a wonderful man and I relish the thought of him actually being in the presence of Jesus. My kids ask lots of questions about Purgatory, and I tell them we don't know who is there or how long they will be there, but we need to pray for them. If Grandpa is there, he will be thankful for our prayers, and if he is already in Heaven, God can use our prayers for other souls in Purgatory.

Grandpa, you are greatly, greatly missed already.