[Northkeep] A grim day for Ian

Anawyn at aol.com Anawyn at aol.com
Sun Feb 27 11:59:41 PST 2011

I stand in honor for such a man - his life sounds truly remarkable. I  
cannot stress enough how important it is to know and tell the stories of  our 
ancestors, that way they live again through us. My condolences for your  loss, 
and my gratitude for your sharing of his history.
In a message dated 2/26/2011 10:42:07 A.M. Central Standard Time,  
talbotthemad at gmail.com writes:

Brother,  I grieve with thee.

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:18 PM, Jerry  & Teresa
<j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net>wrote:

> Just a few  hours ago I received a call from my mother that the father of 
>  father, my last surviving grandparent has passed away in the lands of
>  Calontir.  The eldest surviving member of the Herring Clan well into  his
> 90's. A farmer all his life, a hard working oak of a man but also  good 
> kind, truly salt of the earth. His kind are rarely seen these  days. 
> of those gentlemen from a bygone day that had a hand in  shaping who I am.
> By
> far the strongest and mightiest man I  have even known.and I feel I have
> come
> to know some very  mighty men.manys a time I watched him move the great
> weight of  thick  oak logs and farm equipment all on his own and wonder at
>  how he did it without injuring himself. When my father was younger he  
> my
> grandpa were out cutting wood when the tree fell the  wrong way and landed
> on
> my dad.pinned under the tree my uncles  say that my grandfather lifted the
> tree himself enough that my father  could be pulled free. He was a veteran
> of
> second great war in  Europe where he served with honor in the Army Air 
> as a mechanic.  He and a fellow mechanic were recognized for developing a
> modular  replacement for the brake system of the fighter planes they
> repaired.  Grandpa was always a clever fellow making puzzles in his shop 
>  finding ways to repair the farm equipment on his own. He used to run a
>  small
> custom saw mill and men would come from all over just to acquire  some of
> Missouri burled walnut, straight grained white oak, or red  cedar for 
> mantles or some special woodworking projects. The  works of art that it 
> made from timber milled in my grandfather  mill decorated the home he 
> with my grandmother for many  decades. Many other pieces crafted from
> Grandpa's timbers reside as  treasures in homes and businesses stretched
> across these united  states.  My grandfather was from a large family half 
> which  were boys and he begat three strong sons himself, my father among
>  them.  In his 86th year my grandfather was struck by a tear in a  vessel
> that
> bled out into his brain partially paralyzing him  and causing massive 
> damage. Richard Herring spent the last 4  years of his life living beyond
> all
> understanding of the  doctors who had treated him, they all said they had
> never seen man  with so much damage survive. I always thought it was his 
> of  finally getting some rest after all those years of back breaking toil 
> the fields. Although he was truly not the same after that, he never  spoke
> and could not walk again but he did live on. At 6pm today while  napping
> after his evening meal and having had a visit from his  youngest son he
> slipped quietly away to go on ahead and hopefully  reunite with my
> Grandmother.
> Many of  you know me and know I take great pride in the part that my two
>  grandfathers played in making me the man I am. I had hoped to attend
>  populace on Monday If the plans allow it I will still be there to  share
> your
> good company and to find some enjoyment before  dealing with the duties 
> a grandson owes such a man when his time  is done. If not in attendance 
> you will  know where I will  be, with my family honoring him.
>  Kindly
> Ian
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