Monday, June 30, 2014


My father-in-law, Dean, passed away yesterday. It was God's perfect timing. 

Mary Margaret & Dean out west, approx. mid-1960's

Dean had a lot of health issues including congestive heart failure. He was on two oxygen tanks this past week but was still in good spirits. In fact, I really believe he was happier at the retirement community than he had been for awhile. He got a lot of attention and people loved him. They called "Dean-O" when he walked down the hall. And when he got back from skilled nursing last week, they clapped in the dining room. He said he felt like a celebrity.

Yesterday evening we went up to the assisted living community to clean out his room. The two nurses who found him told us the story. 

They got him ready for breakfast and he ate yesterday morning. Then he asked to sit on the side of his bed and for a cup of water. The nurses were speaking to him and got him some water. They left his room for 2 minutes and when they came back, he was gone. What a wonderful way to go! 

We are so grateful that he didn't struggle. We are happy knowing that Dean went "home". He had told us for awhile he was ready to go "home" to be with his wife, Mary Margaret, who passed away in 2005. We know that he is now with Jesus and the friends and family that went before him. 

We have joy in knowing we will see him again. Not because of our "good works" here on earth but only through Christ's grace and love.

Taken on Dean's 88th birthday
From left to right: me, my hubby & Dean


  1. I am sorry for your loss but what a comfort to know he is with the Lord.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss, but it was his time. The death of a parent is always difficult; may the your faith and love in the Lord bring you comfort during this time. What a blessing that you all had each other for as long as you did; and that you were able to give him comfort and love during his final days. May he rest in peace for eternity. God bless.

  3. Thank you both for your kind words. Yes, there is true comfort in knowing he is in heaven and knowing we will see him again. Thanks!

  4. Melissa: I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. You and your husband were so loving towards him and it was heartwarming to know that his last days were as good as they could be. Nothing can take away the hurt but this quote brought me much comfort when my dad passed away in 2006:

    Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy. Author: Unknown

  5. Thanks Rie! I truly appreciate the quote. We know he is in heaven and so that is very comforting. I'm sorry to hear about your father. It is always hard to lose someone you love.


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