One more flag draped coffin, one less vet and the world is a less joyful place. I never knew my friend when he was a pilot in the Airforce, I met him after they grounded him with a crohns dx. My wife worked with his wife when they did census many years ago and then worked for him when he was county agent here. We never lost touch when they moved away but I regret never being able to have a long visit with them after they were gone. We had a lot of history as well as interests in common. Motorcycles, bee keeping, fishing and hunting. Crohns was something else we shared, oddly enough. He bore it with dignity and humor and when I was dx he was there to share his experience.
His daughter bravely gave the eulogy . We were so proud of her and I know he was too .I know I could never have held my emotions enough to do it. Women are much tougher than most of us guys will admit, but I will. He was buried with the same honor and dignity with which he lived.
The autopsy results are not all in yet but it is suspected that he died from Rocky mountain spotted fever contracted by tick bite. There have been two other cases there where he lived and he had all the symptoms. Doctors used all the treatments for it that they could but he went down too fast. I know he is back in the sky that he loved. I will miss him.
Not2spunky, he was living in north east louisiana near the mississippi line. We have ticks in south louisiana too but not as many.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.