I wrote this after my Dad “graduated” to heaven on 01.10.05.
It is with a variety of emotions that I share with you that my Dad went home to be with the Lord this morning, January 10, 2005 at 12:05AM. He was 78. As in the words of Paul to Timothy, when he wrote, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” Dad too fought a good fight, kept the faith and finished his race really well and really strong. I am forever grateful for that.
I had the opportunity to have some wonderful, final “earthly conversations” with him over the last few weeks and days. This was so good for us as we were able to share our love and affection and close these chapters together well.
I have the pleasure of officiating his “graduation service” on Thursday, January 13 at 11:00 at Woodlawn Funeral Home. It will be a small personal family service to rejoice and remember all that God did through this one, well spent life.
2 Cor. 5:6-8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
1 Thes. 4:13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.