When Daddy passed away I was devestated. He was awake and lucid until the minute the Lord took him home. So much love was shared that week with the family. He was the glue that held us together. We knew he would be leaving soon and he said goodbye to me and Jeanne seperately. That was just like him. He wanted to make sure we knew he loved us unconditionally. He taught Shannon to be the man I needed him to be. Shannon was very close to my father. He was as devestated as Jeanne and myself when he passed away.
I promised a couple of stories and there are so many to choose from. I can remember being a teenager and asking him why boys were hard to understand. He looked at me and said, "Honey, one day you will get your heart broke. Make sure it was worth it. Don't be afraid of it." He was right. I did and cried on his shoulder. He asked if I had any regrets and I didn't. He taught me to love and to forgive.
One night I met this fella. I got in the truck with him. He had a TRW hat on his dashboard. I asked him why he had that hat. He worked there. At the time, my Daddy was working there. He asked who I knew there. I told him my Daddy, Gene Ehlers. I don't know what the fella had in mind but he turned his truck around and dropped me off. He said he knew my father and he would not try to explain to my father why I was in his truck. I have never laughed so hard. I later called Daddy. Oh, he and I had a good time with that. He did ask the guy about me. Daddy said he stuttered his way out of that one. Even when he wasn't with me, he protected me.
When I started going out, Daddy handed me a card. I asked what it was. He said it is an insurance card. If you ever get hurt, I want you to get medical care. He was so nurturing.
He only spanked me once in my life. Never again. He said he couldn't stand it. He had to only point his finger at me and that was it. He was great at disciplining. He wasn't hurtful, it was lovingly.
As I end this up, remember that my Daddy wasn't perfect. Little did he know but he was showing me how our Father in heaven loves us. This is what I said at his funeral. I also read
1 Corinthians 13:4-8