Saturday, May 17, 2008

One More Shower

I know, I know, where have I been?! Looks like we had one more April shower come into our May...

Remember these pics I showed you a few posts back?

Pawpaw

4 Generations (just missing one hand)

While we were in town for my Aunt Delores' funeral, we managed to find time to visit Pawpaw Reichle. We usually do, but it was special because it was a quick trip, so we were glad that we managed to see him. And now we're even more glad. A week or so later, Pawpaw fell and hit his head. For about a week I would get updates, and it was a roller coaster. Tears one minute, hope that he'd be fine the next. But finally, it became apparent that this was one trauma he wouldn't survive. Pawpaw had always been a survivor. He'd fought hard every time something happened. The doctors hadn't expected to him survive heart troubles about 20 years ago! So it was hard to imagine that he wouldn't win this time. And my dear husband supported me by taking a day off to watch Charlie and Chance so I could make a quick trip to say Goodbye. But by the time I got there he was in a semiconscious state. I was able to say goodbye, but he couldn't talk back. By that evening, he was gone.

Then I got back to San Antonio, unpacked, repacked, and we came back for the funeral. We had the visitation tonight and the funeral is tomorrow.

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[Meeting Charlie]

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[Meeting Chance]

Pawpaw was a very intelligent engineer, and had flown fighter jets in WWII. He knew his stuff so well, he was also a flight instructor. He was married 64 years (how awesome is that?!!). He started a business many years ago and faithfully worked hard - in fact, he never really let it go, even when his son took the reigns. LOL. But what I admire most about him was his love for me and his family. His son (Randy) became my stepdad when I was about 5 years old. Randy was an incredible father to me. I now know he had a good example to follow (Pawpaw). The whole family took me in as their own, and Randy always introduced me as his daughter (not step daughter). Anyhow, Randy and my mom divorced when I was 12, yet he and his family never stopped including me in their family. Pawpaw was a soft spoken man, yet his love and faithfulness spoke volumes. He was a man of character, and he'll be greatly missed.

2 comments:

Mells said...

I am sorry to hear about your loss. :( It sounds like PawPaw was a wonderful man. I am glad that you all got to see him when you were visiting last month. I will be praying for you and your family. I love you sister. Melony (Jeremiah 29:11)

Austin & Ashley Evans said...

Ang, I am so sorry. I have tears in my eyes reading through your post. Ill be praying for you and your family. Please let me know if I can do anything - even just with playing with the boys if you need someone - love you!