Sunday is Father’s Day. And this year’s observance will be the most difficult one. It will be the first time we will celebrate without our father, Lee Moody.
Dad died July 20, 2016, and he is sorely missed by the entire family. He was the best father a child could ever want. A little strict at times, but we knew he loved us all.
Mom is missing him. She had been married to him for nearly 70 years. He was a great bread-winner, and Mom didn’t work outside the home until one winter when he fell off a horse and broke his arm, and then she went to work for my aunt’s flower shop after our youngest sibling, Brenda, was in high school, I believe.
Yes, he was the greatest. He was a husband, a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a veteran and a hard worker. We are so proud of him and so proud to be his children.
On Memorial Day weekend, banners of veterans were hung on posts in downtown Ansonia. And, Dad’s was one of them as was his brother, Jim Moody. What a nice thing the town did for those who served their country.
I sure wish he could have been here when I recently retired from The Daily Advocate. Because he was the one to whom I attribute my work ethic. But, I know he was here in spirit.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad, and to all of you other fathers out there.
Well, goodbyes are always hard. I hate to do it but I’m ceasing my column as of today since I’ve already retired.
Maybe sometime in the future, I can start them up again. Who knows?
I will miss all of my readers and will miss writing about them and the things they have done or are doing. I’ve been blessed with a job that I love, and that I could do it for 50 years. Like I said before, I wish I would have saved all of the articles I’d written but it would be just too overwhelming to keep them all intact. But, it sure would be interesting how my writing has changed over the years and it definitely has.
So for those with upcoming birthdays, I wish you well. I’m glad I was able to keep readers informed of approaching birthdays as well as those people who needed prayer. Maybe I can keep people updated on my prayer and birthday lists in some manner or other.
You never know, with modern technology there might be a way. I was gifted by The Daily Advocate with a tablet so once I get the hang of it, there may be no stopping me. In the meantime, so long. I love you all.
Happy birthday to:
• June 22 to Hannie Newbauer Wolf, Austin Helmke, Jerry Brandewie and Kyle Shaner.
• June 23 to Darlene Keaser-Grubb, Justin Ungericht, Tyler Edwards and Jim Hileman.
• June 24 to Ned Riegel, Bob Hiestand, Mike Kell, Brent Siders, Scott Rice, John Blinn, Jay Stammen, Walter Neal, Sandra Neal, Connie Rhoades and Tony MacKenzie.
• June 25 to Carrie Waymire DeHart, Dick Hufford, Alan Gessler, Seth Gessler, Katie Brown, Tommy Lee Lunsford, Mary Kreitzer, twins Marion and Marvin Johnson and Keegan Weiss.
• June 26 to Heather Mann, Vicki Smith Galloway, Nancy McKnight, Ron Widener and Ron Thwaits.
• June 27 to Randi Rose, Melinda Schmidt Linebaugh, Lori Linebaugh and Troy Wombold.
• June 28 to Scott Amspaugh, twins Kim Bennett and Kelly Kelch, Eileen Spillers Cox, Don Hoffman, twins Jann Peace and Jill Hammontree, Becky Blackburn Klipstine, Tyler Stump, Joe Miller Sr. and Tracy Thwaits.
• June 29 to Jackie Coblentz-Brown, Amber Bertke, Laurie Doyle Erwin, Larry Peters and Samantha Shook,
• June 30 to Peggy Black, Alishia Clark Funk, Shelly Siders, Dan Brown, Polly Walls Eley, Shelly Lynn Siders, Robin Bousman, Iris Prasuhn, Joni Burelison, Tara Rutschilling, Barry Rodehefffer and Joshua Deeter.
Happy anniversary to: Dean and Jodi Neff on June 24; Glen and Mary Murphy, Karen and Alan Gessler and Luke and Kathy Huecker, all on June 25; Gary and Katie Cothran and Dave and Kathy Acton, all on June 25; Penny (Cox) and Dale Shimomaura and Bob and Lisa Mayo, all on June 29; and Terry and Barb Hess, on June 30.
Don’t forget to pray for: Tom Brumbaugh Jr., Ron Moody, Bob Peters, Mason Osterloh, Marilyn Peterson, Irma Stewart, Ruby Fenstermaker, Keith Holton, Judy Peters, Carl Francis, Harry Moody, Gary Foureman, Kent Clark, Kyndal Wynk, Ron Kreitzer, Vickie Martin, Betty Kremer, Jeff Stump, Stacy Dorko, Charlotte Metzcar, Vicki Wilker Gibson, Evan Boggs, Rhonda Rodeheffer Rismiller, Janet Bolin, Shirley Miller, Roger Flory, Albert Duncan, Jack Good, Bill Duncan, Keith Starks, Darla Bowman Miller, Cheri Antrobus Davis, Scott Clark, Steve Schafer, Tom Hawkins, Greg Moody, Connie Apple, Jodie Glick, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Dawn Oldiges, Judy York, Lowell Elsass, Linda Johnston, Tracy Bailey, Shannon Peters Hall, Jack Riegle, Bruce Knick, Aiden Turner, Brody Wilson, Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Al Bliss, Tim King, Gary Poor, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Alishia Clark Funk, Glenna Curry, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Shirley Mead, Kathy Magoto,
Also, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Shelly Hoffman, Lisa Hall, Tammy Shapiro, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan Bridges, John Klipstine, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch and Bill Schuette.
And, pray for all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases, and may God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.
Think about it: “The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” — Unknown