Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Sudden Goodbye

From the obituary:

Glenn was born July 8, 1931 and died August 4, 2011. He spent 50 years
farming in Northern Idaho. Glenn is survived by his wife of 55 years,
Thelma; 3 children, Kristie Hammond (Jay), John Madsen (Cheri), and
Glenn Allen. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and
grandchildren-in-law who share the following memories of their much-loved
grandpa:

"A kind and gentle spirit. Work-worn farmer's hands. Riding in your
combine. These things we will remember. Grandpa."

"I will always remember the day that you let me sit on your lap in the front seat of your pick-up. Driving down that dusty road with feet barely able to touch the pedals was the most exciting thing in the world. I am going to miss you so much."

The land my dad loved:

The family he loved:

North of 49 will be back in a couple of weeks.

22 comments:

  1. oh -- I am so so sorry for your loss. He looks like a wonderful man. Sudden losses are particularly hard. I wish you all the comfort you need while you grieve.

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  2. Kristie my heart goes out to you.

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  3. So, so sorry to hear that, Kristie. So sudden. Thoughts and prayers with you at this sad time. Talk to you soon.

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  4. Oh Kristie, I am so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ((Hugs))

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  5. So sorry for your loss. Peace be with you.

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  6. My heart-felt condolences, Kristie. Losing a parent is never an easy thing, no matter what the situation. I'm sure your family will have many wonderful stories to share over the next couple of weeks.

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  7. Oh Kristie, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you all x

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  8. Hi Kristie, delurking to send you my deepest sympathies...

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  9. I'm so sorry for your loss, thinking of you and your family x

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  10. Oh, Kristie.... I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. What wonderful memories your family must have...... share them and save them while you are grieving. Later, you'll remember them with joy, as you remember your Dad with love.

    Barbara M.

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  11. Kristie, My condolences to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss. You've described him as such a wonderful man, I found myself a little verklempt reading this.

    "Those we hold most dear never truly leave us … they live on in the kindnesses they showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives."

    Someone shared the above quote with me when my mom passed away. At first it gave me no comfort--nothing did. But it meant a lot to me later.

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  12. Kristie, you have my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dad. It sounds like he was very much loved.

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  13. Dear Kristie

    What a beautiful tribute. Such lovely photos of your dad and the country he loved. I am so sorry to hear your news. It must be a very difficult time for you and everything probably seems quite unreal. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

    Alex

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  14. My condolences to you and your family.

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  15. Oh, Kristie, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

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  16. My heart goes out to you, Bekah and all other wonderful people in your family. Take your time and we will wait for you as long as you need. My sincere condolences.

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  17. Grieving for you and with you. ((((hug))))

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  18. My condolences and thoughts go to you and your family. I'm so sorry about your unexpected loss. The tribute is beautiful.

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  19. I am so sorry. I've lost both parents and they leave a space nothing else can fill. Don't fight the grief. It's a gift to remind you of the love.

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  20. I was very sorry to read about your father's passing, it is such a shock and a loss to lose a parent.
    hugs,
    liz

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  21. Dear Kristie,
    I'm so sorry about the loss of your dad. My father died almost five years ago, and I miss him every day. Sometimes it's a challenge to live gracefully and fully with our sorrow, but hopefully it gives us understanding and compassion.
    Thinking of you,
    Erin in PA

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