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Saturday, October 22, 2016


Having been through this ourselves, we grieve for the loss and celebrate this last time you two were with him.

Connie and I share your loss. We met your Mom and Dad at at least 1 (and maybe 2) rallies and I know they were proud of what you and Linda had accomplished. Losing parents is hard…but as you say we'll all end up that way eventually and it's good to for them to have had long and productive lives.

We'll pray for you and them.

Howard, my most sincere condolences to you and Linda on the loss of your dear father.

Denise Heater, long time reader.

Howard and Linda we are sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. It is so good that you were able to make it home to spend his last days with him. We are sure that your presence helped to make his passing a more peaceful one. Fred and I are thinking of you and wishing you comfort in this difficult hour.

So terribly sorry for your loss. Those precious moments spent together at the end will stay with you forever. A beautiful tribute to a life well lived.


It is a rare privilege to be with a beloved parent at their time of passing. I was able to hold my dear father in my arms as he passed. He knew me and I was able to say "I love you" one last time. That was a great blessing I will never forget and so I am glad you were able to be with your father at his time of passing. It was such a privilege to know Sterling and chat with him.


Sorry for your loss based on your posts over the years I know how much he meant to you and Linda. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

What a beautiful and heartfelt message Howard. You are your father's son!

Warmest regards to you and Linda-

A longtime reader (Jason)

Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

It is such a bittersweet time in each of our lives as we say good-bye to a parent. God bless you and Linda.

Howard, a beautiful tribute. You should be so proud of your father.

So sorry for your loss - so grateful you got to be with him as he passed.

Howard and Linda, so sorry for your loss. Remember all those good times and celebrate the wonderful life and all the people he has touched.
We all should be so lucky

So very sorry for your loss!!! I really enjoyed the conversation I had with Sterling at a few of the rallies. He was a great guy and I'm so happy he went peacefully with you there by his side.

Our best,

Jim and Linda

It makes me cry to read your post even though I never met your Dad. I lost my Dad last year so it still seems fresh. It definitely was a gift to you and him that you were able to get home. God Bless.

May the Lord be with you all.

Meeting your Mom and Dad at several rallies made it so clear how very proud they were of you and Linda. You have returned their love in so many ways. So very glad you and Linda made it back to be there with him. Now, you need to take care of each other and continue to make your parents proud!!

Our deepest sympathy.

We are very sorry to hear about your dad, Howard. Sounds like your dad had a wonderful 94 years and was able to stay home the whole time. So glad you and Linda made it home to be with him and allow him to go in peace:) Beautiful tribute, Howard:)

Thank you for sharing this with all of us. We are also caring for an elderly parent and can appreciate all that you have given to Sterling.
The loss is hard but you can be thankful you had the opportunity to give back for all that you have received. God bless you both.
Phil and Sue

Very sorry for your loss Howard and Linda. God has another Angel in heaven.

Heartbroken --

So Sorry to hear this news Howard. Your dad sounded like quite an amazing man (and quite a character). So glad you got to be there with him and that he was able to remain at home.

You have our sympathy. So glad you made it to be with him. Our prayers are with you!
Mary an Steve Klinger
Spring 2014

We're very sorry to hear this. Prayers will continue for you and Linda in the days ahead.

Selene & Hank

Howard and Linda,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Barb & Frank

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I've been through this, with both Mom and Dad passing in 2011, at home with Hospice care. Thankful to have been living the RV lifestyle that allowed that to happen. Grief does get better, but it catches you unaware sometimes. God bless.

So saddened to hear about your loss but so glad that you were there with him. It is never easy to lose a loved one but having him with you since 3 days old and the things you have shared about him are memories that you will always cherish. God bless you and Linda and your family in the days ahead.

You are a blessed man indeed to have had such a wonderful Dad. . .may continued and blessings and comfort be with you.

So sorry to hear about your loss. I know this is a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Linda.

Wayne Gregory

I am so happy that you were able to be there for your dad's last days. Such a blessing for your peace of mind. You won't be plagued with "I should've...". Thank you for sharing such an intimate time with us.

May God bless you and Linda,
Diane Craig

Howard and Linda. We are so sorry for your loss. I'm so thankful you both were able to see him and spend time with him. Our prayers are with you.
Dean and Cheri

Howard and Linda,

Our condolences and prayers are with you as well. You were blessed with great parents, but you also served as a blessing to them. I'm sure that they were pleased that you two found each other and married and that you included them in your lives.

Them being at your rallies would likely have been a blessing to them as well because they would have seen the extensive community that the two of you helped create.

So sorry for your loss. He will be in your hearts just like your Mom. Your love shines through your post as I'm sure his love of you fills your heart.

Dear Howard,
We are saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing, yet rejoice in the wonderful long life you shared with him. Our deepest sympathies are sent to you and Linda. May your fond memories bring you comfort in this time of grieving.

So sorry for your loss. I am glad you and Linda were able to be with him in his final days.

Doug and Dolly

Our sincerest condolences on your loss. May your Dad rest in peace. Fond memories. Steve and Tina

Howard and Linda, I'm so sorry for your loss, but glad you were able to spend time with him. My thoughts are with you.

Sounds like an amazing Man. Our deepest condolences.

Dearest Howard and Linda,

What an absolutely beautiful tribute to your dad, Howard. Thank you for sharing such intimate moments of his final days with all of us. Simply beautiful! There is absolutely no doubt that you have fulfilled your duties as a caring and loving son... the son you always wanted to be, and the son your dad was hoping and praying for on day 3 of your life when he brought you home. My heart is broken, moreso, as I reflect that 7 years ago tomorrow I lost my beloved father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Linda during this difficult time. May God bless and keep you, and grant you peace beyond all understanding!

A lovely tribute to a loving man. So sorry for your loss and relieved that Sterling was able to see you again.

G and I are so sorry to hear about your dad. Luckily you and Linda were able to be with him and he knew you were there. You were a very caring son.

So sorry to hear of your loss. Your writings of him show all the love and gifts he gave you. Your family, Linda, and you are in our prayers during these sad days.

So sorry for the loss of your father. My prayers are with you as you go through the next days. So grateful you were able to be there.

Condolences to you and Linda!
Long time readers, Steve & Denise

Prayers for you and family on the loss of your beloved Father.

Thank you for sharing, what I know was a emotional, intimate and heartbreaking journey we all face at some point in our lives. Your father sounds lie a wonderful man and I am so happy that you and Linda were there with him. I am hoping that this will bring you some peace as I know it did for me. Maybe not that day or that week, so hang in there and keep all those precious memory's close to your heart.

My deepest condolences to you and Linda.

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Linda.

Having gone through this ourselves with both sets of parents now gone we know how difficult this has been for you. Thankfully you got to visit one last time. Our thoughts are with you both at this most difficult time.

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