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The Fight Is Over March 28, 2006

Posted by fajita in Uncategorized.

Just after noon on Tuesday, March 28th, my father passed on from this life to the next. Thank you all for the prayers and words. They matter.

It went like this: About 11:00 he began to have signficant respiratory problems on top of the problems he already had. There must have bee 10 doctors, nurses, and other medical people in the room working on him. The entire staff at The Ridges Medical Center in Burnsville, Minnesota are fabulous. They worked with skill and compassion.

They tried to get a new breathing tube into his chest, but it did nothing. He just couldn’t get enough air into his lungs. His vitals were shrinking slowly. The pulmonologist and the “main” doctor said that there was little chance of anything good happening at this point. So, we decided to stop treatment and allow him to pass.

We had about 15 minutes with him, holding his hand, talking to him, and weeping. It meant a lot to stand with my family over my father and pray for his transition from this life to the next. I managed to ask God to keeop him entertained until I get there. Geez, is that what you say? Well, I guess it’s what I say, anyway.

Of course I am deeply saddened and have cried so much. At the same time I am relieved for my father. His fighting is over. His is free from his turmoil, tumult, and pain. No more striving and fighting.

And frankly, I am relieved for myself. I won’t see my father for a long time – when I go to see him – and that is the place where my hope lies. I don’t think I could have lifted my hopes for his physical life much more. I’m tired and drained.

Now we make all the funeral decisions. I know that some readers of this blog are close personal friends who will want to show their sympathy through flowers or cards or gifts. I will make this kind of information available on this blog. I also know that some readers of this blog are people I have never met. So, making this information available is in no way some kind of solicitation for anything. This blog is merely a conveneitn way for me to communicate informaiton that will be relevant to whom it is relevant. I feel a little saying saybing such, but I’d feel much sillier being mistaken in my intentions.

I am at peace. I am sad. I am OK. Again, thanks for your prayers.


1. Melanie - March 28, 2006

I am sorry for your loss. I pray that God will bring you and your family comfort and peace this week as you find ways to memorialize and celebrate his life in meaningful ways.

I’m one of those people you have never met; but one day, we will all meet.

2. DJG - March 28, 2006

Prayers continue. I am glad you are at peace.

3. Joel Maners - March 28, 2006

Death may have a word, but it’s not the last word. Christ looked at death in John chapter 11, wept over his friend, and said, “I am the resurrection.” He IS the hope, he IS the life.

God bless and comfort you.

4. Beaner - March 28, 2006

“Everybody wants to be closer to free” – Bo Deans

Still praying!

5. Bek - March 28, 2006

i’ve been in john 11, too, like joel manners. God bless your family during this time.

6. Anonymous - March 28, 2006

My heart goes out to you and to your family.
I wish you were here so I could give you a hug.
I’ve never met your father, but I do know that he raised a very compassionate and caring son, so that is a testament to his life in itself.

7. Anonymous - March 28, 2006

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of Your servant, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of Your saints; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, who livs and reigns with Your and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

8. Brandon Scott - March 28, 2006

Bud–so sorry. Sheryl called and I was able to share the news. I’m headed downstairs to see if I can find a number for you guys. The one I ahve isn’t right. Been wanting to call. We’re praying.

9. julie - March 28, 2006

So sorry. Feel peace.

10. Angie - March 28, 2006

Hard to believe isn’t it. Even when death is expected, it’s still so strange.

I appreciate you sharing this intensely personal thing with us. I only wish I could give you a hug!

Praying for you today and for the days to come…

11. MichaelPolutta - March 29, 2006

God bless you and your family.

12. Phil - March 29, 2006

So sorry for you, brother. Our prayers are with you and your family.

13. scott - March 29, 2006

Praying for you and your family

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