July 23, 2008

Goodbye Jack.

Ktreva's grandfather passed away yesterday. It's never easy when a loved one dies, but right now is even harder. I really wish I was back home and able to comfort and help her. Unfortunately I'm 600 miles away. I completely feel like a failure as a husband.

Her grandfather was the only in-law I had that liked me. Whenever we would visit Jack and I would spend hours talking. This man lead a long and interesting life. He fought in World War 2 and would tell me stories about that and the difficulties of his childhood growing up an orphan. It was just this last December listening to his stories that I realized that he fought with the 101st Airborne, Easy Company. Yes, Band of Brothers fans, the same unit. He made all the jumps and even was at Bastogne. I was hoping to hear more of his stories this year at Thanksgiving.

Jack was also a pilot. He owned a recreation P-51 Mustang and would fly it for airshows. He was proud of that plane. I remember the first time he showed it to me at one of the airshows. It was a beautiful craft that was well maintained.

I liked Jack. He was a smart man with a great sense of humor. Unfortunately since they lived 12 hours away, we didn't get to see him as much as we would have liked. It was a situation we couldn't remedy without moving closer.

Even though he didn't fly during World War 2; he did serve, honor and fight for his country, and he was an avid pilot. I feel this is appropriate for him:

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The missing man formation as done with P-51 mustangs.

God speed Jack. Thank you for everything.

Posted by Contagion in Family Life at July 23, 2008 05:57 AM | TrackBack

Sorry for your loss.

Godspeed, Jack.

Posted by: og at July 23, 2008 07:27 AM

I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: oddybobo at July 23, 2008 07:28 AM

Sending hugs and prayers.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at July 23, 2008 10:23 AM

Thinking of you and yours

Posted by: spurs at July 23, 2008 04:21 PM

May he enjoy his wings in heaven.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at July 23, 2008 09:23 PM

You guys are in my prayers.

I've heard you & Ktreva talk about her grandpa Jack & he sounds like a truly remarkable man.

Rest in Peace, Jack, with all your brothers-in-arms +

Posted by: Wes at July 23, 2008 11:07 PM

Sorry to hear about Jack. Also your not a failure as husband to Ktreva. You are just trying to make a living for the family. Wil is still out on the road, but I can call him anytime I want. He always can come up with a joke to make me laugh & put me in a better mood and that is what makes a good husband.

Posted by: red at July 24, 2008 08:38 AM

I am so sorry for your and Ktreva's loss... :(

Posted by: Richmond at July 24, 2008 01:00 PM

I'm so sorry. May he rest in peace.

Posted by: Teresa at July 29, 2008 02:43 PM