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Today, a heroic veteran who served in Korea and in Germany in WWII, lost a long hard battle with Alzheimers. He went on his terms, in his sleep, in his own home. My dad was 85 and always had a zest for life. He was devastated when his only sister passed quickly away from this horrid disease that robs memories of family and loved ones from those who are afflicted with it. Little did he know that he himself would fight the same monster.

He battled for years, was in and out of hospital with battles of pneumonia and losing a leg, but he continued to fight. I am thankful that my DH and I were able to make the trip from Michigan last year to help him celebrate his 85th. He leaves behind 2 daughters and a son who will miss him very much but who are thankful that his battle is now over and he can rest.

Daddy, I will not say goodbye, but see you later. You will be missed by your grandchildren, and your children. Although no time is a good time to leave this earth, you could not have picked a more memorable day than Memorial Day, a day of remembrance. I love you dad, sleep well until we meet again.

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Comment by Janet/MO on May 26, 2014 at 7:39pm

I'm sorry to hear of your loss Terri.  Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful man.

Comment by Pam/NY on May 26, 2014 at 6:47pm

So sorry for your loss...he was from a generation of real men.

Comment by Kay G. on May 26, 2014 at 6:15pm

My deepest sympathy Terri to you and your family. Please know God is holding you in His arms of comfort.....

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on May 26, 2014 at 4:31pm

Blessings on your family, Terri.  May your memories of the good years ease the pain a little more each day.  You will be in my prayers.

Comment by Terri D. on May 26, 2014 at 4:17pm

Thank you all for your kind words. BJ, I agree with you, it was the perfect day for his passing, if such days can be perfect. :-)

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on May 26, 2014 at 4:10pm

Hugs and sympathy in the loss of your Dad.  With Alzheimer's you lose your loved one twice---once to the disease and then to death.  God bless you and your family.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on May 26, 2014 at 3:40pm

I was thinking it was a perfect day for his passing.  Hugs to you my friend.

Comment by Shannon, ON on May 26, 2014 at 3:24pm

(((((hugs)))))

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