|My Dad made a great Boy Scout.|
|Visiting his parents and nephew after boot camp.|
|Freezing in Korea--he trained spies as an expendable 2nd Lt.|
|Still managed to hunt in Montana on leave.|
|Dating my Mom in Washington D.C.|
|Their wedding December 6, 1956|
|Expecting their first child--me!|
|Me & Mom meeting Dad's folks for the first time|
|Pilot training, Camp Gary, Texas.|
|Stationed in Hawaii 1962-1965|
|Chopper pilot in Vietnam 1966-67|
|With his 3 girls|
|The consummate fisherman.|
After retiring from the Army in 1971, Dad worked mostly in landscaping but also as a German translator. He and my Mom opened an arts and crafts store which made money every year, and they sold it at a profit, allowing them to retire early and travel to all 50 states, most of Canada, and to Europe.
Once Dad got too sick to travel, he and my Mom realized how lucky they'd been. After all, he'd survived two wars, and most of their investments had made money, giving them time and opportunity to do what they enjoyed for several years.
|My Mom's surprise 70th birthday party.|
|With his 3 girls at their 50th wedding anniversary.|
My Dad was always my hero, but he was also a kind, generous man, and it still doesn't seem possible that he's no longer with us. I'm thankful he lived as long as he did, against all odds, and that I was blessed to have him as my father.