Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Preacher Man's Ears

When my Mom was dying the nurse said she always notices a tear after they go. Sure enough, there was this tear. So, while my dad was dying, I asked the nurse if she noticed this tear. She said "no" but she did notice they lose their ear lobes. We looked and sure enough, his ear lobes were gone. I think it's very appropriate as he was a minister and the Bible says: Romans 10:14 (King James Version)

14"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"

My mom was a quiet, inward person and my dad an extrovert preacher. Thank you God for these little sweet words to us.

He died on November 24th, my son David's birthday. That permanently connects them.
He was born in Vauxhall, New Jersey, September 1, 1914, living 94 years.
He was a strong man, of Sioux Indian heritage.

He accepted Christ as his personal Savior under the preaching of Rev. R.F. Bateman at the Milburn Baptist Church. He served in the European Theatre in World War 11, achieving the rank of Sergeant. On his return, he married the love of his life, Beatrice Dunlop. They attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and then went to Burton Seminary in Colorado where he received his Th.M degree. They served the Lord together in many churches in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida.

He loved playing and teaching the violin, fishing (he said "the big one always got away!") and telling jokes. His passion was preaching and teaching the Word of God and winning souls to Christ. His favorite doctrine was the Second Coming of Christ. He loved the old gospel hymns of the church.

He had two sisters, Betty and Lorraine and one brother, Raymond.
He was the father of three children: me (Barbara), Marcia and David.
He was the grandfather to eight: Christie, Jonathan and David Watson; Susan Riedel, Stephen and Timothy Webel, Katie McClure; and Joshua Alley.

He was great-grandfather to eight: Micah Scott, Jakob Robert and Zachariah Timothy Riedel; Elizabeth Joy, Anna Grace and Nathaniel Stephen Webel: Emily Grace and Abigail Faith Webel.