My dad, Homer, was honored at my parents church as Father of the Year!
This photo was taken at mom and dad’s 60th wedding anniversary party, February 11, 2011.
This is what my sister Karen, wrote so beautifully about our dad:
First, we would like to wish you a Happy Fathers Day!
When Pastor Ruby told us that the church wanted to honor you today as Father of the Year , we weren’t that surprised.
As your Children and Grandchildren, we have always known what a Great Father you are!
You are the prime example of Father of a Lifetime , not just Father of the year.
You have always been there for all of us. Whenever we need help with something, you are there.
You don’t just help out your Family, you are there for your Church family, and friends as well.
You are the Rock that keeps this family together, having you and Mom as our parents, you both have instilled in us what being a family means.
You have helped us all to be better Parents, and Grandparents.
You have taught us that with God, Faith, and Love anything is possible!
We are better people because of you and Mom.
When we had times in our lives where we might fall, you were there to teach us to pick ourselves back up, and keep on going.
You took our hands and guided us back to where we should be.
It was through your examples, that we learned what a good person should be like.
Thanks Again for Everything!
Your Children, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren
My dad has the energy of a youthful person, and a kind and loving heart. He was always there to really listen to me when I had something I wanted to talk about.
When we were young, my dad, a carpenter, would work two jobs so my mom could stay home with all of us 5 kids.
Dad was there for dinner every night, and then turned around and worked again all evening, only getting just enough sleep to turn around and do it again.
Sunday’s were the only day dad would consistently take off. This was a day we all went to church, had a Sunday dinner after church, and visited with extended family at times, like our aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents.
As my sister said, family is very important to my parents and they taught all of us to all feel the same way. I am the only child out of the 5 of us, that has lived in a different state than the rest of my family. I still remain very close to them, and talk on the phone often.
I was able to “be there” at the church service last Sunday, through Facetime! Technology! How wonderful!
I have some strong characteristics like my dad’s, such as being friendly with people everywhere I go. Dad and I make friends very easily and truly care about the people around us. Thank you dad for giving me this characteristic! I look like my dad as well. I have some similar features.
I love being able to pick up the phone and talk to my parents often, to catch up and see what’s going on with them and other family members. I really love when I get to go to Toledo and spend time with my family. I stay at my parents home, in the bedroom I grew up in! How awesome is that??
I get the precious time in the evenings after other family members have gone home, to be alone with my parents and also in the mornings. Mom and I do our morning readings in their breakfast nook.
All very priceless to me!
It’s hard to put into words how much my parents and family mean to me.
I am truly blessed to have them all in my life and to share the deep love we do.
Love and blessings to all of you!