This week we lost a member of the “greatest generation”, a wonderful man of God and a cherished member of our church body. It was sad to hear that our friend had passed away, but a joy to realize that he is with his wife and the Lord he served for so many years. You will be dearly missed!
From his daughter Nancy on Wednesday:
“Daddy graduated @ 12:30a.m. and has seen Jesus face to face! He is dancing on the streets of Gold with the love of his life of 78 years! Praise the Lord for a peaceful journey! I will miss talking with my best friend daily, but he is so happy and he has been an incredible father who taught me good work ethics, integrity, high values and kindness with his life…he never knew a stranger! He was a WWII Veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was supportive of my music and sacrificially saw that I had good piano teachers and never complained if they were out of town meaning he had to drive me there every week. My folks were active in the Brethren Church and we went as a family, not taken and dropped off. I had a wonderful Christian heritage as far back as great grandparents. He carried mail for 30 years and WALKED a 12 mile route daily and sometimes twice on holidays! I loved my Daddy as he was joyful and loving and just a terrific man. Heaven is fortunate to have him, so if you see my tears, they are because I miss him. His last words to me were…”I love you, kid” and then he smooched a kiss…something I always did to him…this was a first for the kiss from him. I knew from Wednesdays’ conversation that he’d be going home very soon. God is faithful!!!”
We all look forward to seeing Lee again someday and we thank God for that hope we have in Christ…
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. (1 Thess. 4:13-18)