Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

This is a college photo of Dick's dad; quite the handsome guy! He was a geology grad of the University of Chicago, working as a photographer to pay for his education. He and Dick's mom moved from Chicago to FL to take care of his ill father Will (hmmm, where have we heard that name recently?). This was during the Depression, and he was one of over 100 applicants as a caretaker of a chicken farm, a job that came with a chicken coop to live in.....and no electricity. He was never too proud to do whatever it took to feed and house his family. He was hard working, very intelligent...and never learned the word 'no.' He could do most anything, and certainly always thought 'outside the box.'
Here is the last photo we have of him, and it was at our wedding. He died 10 months later from cancer, and it was a tremendous loss to our whole family. He is still missed, but he and Dick's mom left behind five kids and lots of grands and now great grands to carry on their legacy. They would be proud of all of them! I'm grateful this man became a daddy, because I married his baby boy, who is very much like him.
Dick, happy Father's Day to you, honey. We are mighty blessed! Life is good, and I am one lucky lady.

Happy Father's Day to everyone, especially Jason and Logan. Haley is cooking for everyone today, but I'm bringing CAKE!

12 comments:

HaleyD said...

Happy Father's Day, Dad! And Don, thank you for your long-lasting legacy!!! I love you guys.

Sarge Charlie said...

What a nice post, you are just as nice as Miss April.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

happy father's day!!! and dick you look exactly like your pop!!!

smiles, bee
xoooxoxoxooxxo

Linda said...

Cake? Did someone mention cake??

Happy Father's Day to Dick - your father sounds like he was one wonderful man!

lala said...

What an awesome post! =)

It was so nice meeting you yesterday- I was so baffled at first-- but after you left I couldn't stop smiling! You're the first blogger I've met in person!

Lois Grebowski said...

Oh my, the apple didn't fall far from that tree. I now know where your hubby gets his good looks!Happy Father's Day, Dick.

Sandy, posted pics of our latest camping spot.

the donG said...

happy father's day! wow! he truly deserves a post here.

Joy said...

Happy Father's Day to Dick! I enjoyed reading about his dad, and I echo several others about the family resemblance!
Hugs,
Joy

Flip Flop Floozie said...

I am taking a dessert to to our daughters house if I can ever get hubby off of the phone!! smile..Hope your day was great...Sandy

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

What a wonderful tribute to your husband and his family. Excellent honey. Big hug. :)

Callie Ann said...

That was a wonderful story. I love stories about people's heritage and stuff. It's so interesting.

Sandy B & Dick said...

Thanks to all of you for the sweet words:-) Our day was great,except Brian wasn't there:-( He did call his dad, smart boy! And Will slept the whole time.