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    I am currently on Funeral Leave. My father died last week and the funeral is Thursday. He was actually my step father and one of the finest men I have ever known. He always treated me like one of his own (good things and bad). Also one of the vanishing group of WWII veterans. He fought in both the Pacific and European theaters.

    He died of cancer but the end was fast. The diagnosis was less than a month ago and he was his normal, active (for an 80+ year old) up till that time. We visited a few months ago and he drove us several hundred miles to Sacramento to visit one of my wife's brothers. He insisted on doing most of the driving and only let me take over for the last hundred miles or so. He didn't suffer much so thank the Lord for that.

    His name was Joseph (Joe) Dreher and a prayer or two on his behalf would be much appreciated is you are so inclined.
    Paul A.
    SE Texas

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  • #2

    Sorry to hear about your stepfather.
    Sometimes, at times like these, this quote makes things better. It did for me in the past:
    God answers all prayers, but sometimes the answer is no, and only he knows the reason why.


    • #3
      I am sorry to hear that Paul. My best to you and your family.


      • #4
        My condolences as well. The passing of a family member is always hard to take and no amount of words ever seem to help. I lost a very close uncle back in June. The feelings always follow the same path--Denial, Grief, Anger then Understanding and Acceptance.

        My sincere sympathies for you and yours. I pray your family recovers quickly.


        • #5
          So sorry to hear about your loss. Seems most all the men in my family die painfully of Cancer in their 60s, I figure I have 20 years left, tops. I count him a lucky man, and seems you are also lucky for having known him. Kind regards to you and yours...
          Master Floor Sweeper


          • #6
            My condolences to you and your family Paul. My mother died of cancer a little over 5 years ago at age 54. It's never easy--just know that "this too shall pass." The pain you're feeling now is just temporary, but the good memories you'll keep forever. Sidegrinder.


            • #7
              Today, 11/1 is All Saints Day and when I go to Mass I'll light candles and say a prayer as well. May your Father rest in the arms of God.
              John B


              • #8
                Our prayers are with you. Your stepfather was a lucky man to have a stepson that called him father and saw him as such. Not all stepfathers and stepsons are as fortunate.

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                Thank you to our families of soldiers, many of whom have given so much more then the rest of us for the Freedom we enjoy.

                It is true, there is nothing free about freedom, don't be so quick to give it away.


                • #9
                  My condolences also Paul. I went thru almost the same thing with my Dad a few years back. He was 86 and a WWII vet as was yours. Heard somewhere that we are loosing these men at the rate of 1500 a day, very sad, they contributed so much.


                  • #10
                    OT:Sad Time

                    " As we that are left grow old".

                    Paul, your step father gave us that opportunity to grow old.

                    To him and those like him, my heartfelt thanks.

                    Norman Atkinson


                    • #11
                      You and your family are in our prayers.
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                      • #12
                        My condolences , yes we are losing alot of the veterens at an ever increasing rate . I heard from a former little german boy, 11 during the war asking about my dad and some others in his unit , it seemed the unit dad was in befriended him, now i am sending him dads mailing list so he can get in touch with others while he still can, he resides in ca.
                        It is hard thing to deal with losing a family member ,all we can do is to try to carry on , wish i could say more than i am sorry, most of the time like this words fail.
                        scariest thing to hear " I am from the government and i am here to help"


                        • #13
                          My condolences Paul.

                          Evan Williams
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                          • #14
                            Sorry to hear this, Paul. I lost my own Father in 1999. Sometimes, I still want to pick up the phone and ask his advice on a woodworking problem---and then I remember.


                            • #15
                              Paul, Cathy and I extend our sincere condolences, knowing this is a very hard time for you.

                              Best regards,

                              Orrin and Cathy
                              So many projects. So little time.