in memory

Last night, as I was tucking my three into bed,

kissing sweet foreheads & pulling up blankets…

Jesus won another victory over death.

My grandpa’s earthly body died last night.  As my babies fell asleep for the night, he fell asleep and woke face to face with his Savior.

Victory.

His body had been ravaged by the effects of Parkinson’s disease, but last night, he stood whole.

Victory.

I actually never knew my grandpa as well as I wish I had.  Due to the unfortunate side effects of divorce, that branch of the family tree was not one we really visited during holidays.  HOWEVER, my mom made sure to keep in touch with them for my sake, and for theirs, and for that, I will always be thankful.  When I discovered I was pregnant with our firstborn, I called my grandparents to tell them.  You see, I’m the oldest grandchild, and I knew they would be excited to hear that the first great-grandchild was on her way.  I still remember that conversation. 🙂

Since I don’t have the memories of others, I’m cutting and pasting some of the things that others have posted on Facebook.

Tonight around 8:30 my father, Richard I. Weiss went home with an angel escort to be with his heavenly Father. Dad lived a full life for sure. Boy Scout who, at 17, traded his chance for Eagle Scout for his Eagle, Globe, and Anchor so he could fight for his country. Married his sweet heart Annie in ’52. Taught school for a lot of years. Tennis and wrestling coach. Golfer with a hole in one. Caught the largest brim I have ever seen only to do a catch and release. Blew up ground bee hive. Came close to shooting each other while hunting rabbits. Drove to Long Beach for summer school, dropped me off in Texas, didn’t stop to sleep but didn’t remember driving through Arizona and New Mexico. Loved engaging the intellectuals at Cornell while giving out Gideon testaments. Awful lot of great memories. Miss him already.

Grandma & Grandpa as I best remember them.
Grandma & Grandpa as I best remember them.

 

I know your life

On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren’t afraid to face the devil
You were no stranger to the rain

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, you work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and Son

Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, you work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and Son

Go to heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son….

***

Love you grandpa, miss you already

***

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
New International Version (NIV)

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

My precious uncle has been released from a body ravaged by Parkinson’s disease and is now healed and in the presence of his Savior. 

“And with your final heartbeat kiss the world goodbye then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side. Fly to Jesus, Fly to Jesus, Fly to Jesus and live!”

***

Another member of the greatest generation has found his final peace. A Marine, Gideon, husband, father, and one of the righteous men I’ve known, my grandfather, was called home by the Father tonight. Please keep our family in your prayers, much strength will be needed in the coming days. RIP Richard I. Weiss

grandpaweissandunclejim
grandpa with his brother

Keep my family in your prayers. My grandfather, Richard I. Weiss, went home to be with the Lord, his firstborn son, and his parents. One big Weiss reunion going on tonight in Heaven. Rest in peace, Papa. 1928 — 2013

grandpa & his boys
grandpa & his boys

Rich’s dad made his transition to glory just a little while ago………….while our hearts are broken, we know that he is now whole again.

***

Bye grandpa, hug my sister and uncle..I’ll see you soon!

***

My grandpa lived his life for God.  I’m wondering how long the line of people is in heaven waiting to tell him how his actions and faith changed their eternity.

I’m wondering if though he has a whole body now, if he’s even been able to stand in the presence of his Savior, or if he’s face-down worshipping.

I’m wondering if his glorified body still has the same nose… because it’s the nose I have… 🙂

For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

2 Corinthians 5:4

What is mortal has indeed been swallowed up by LIFE!

Victory!!!

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2 Comments on “in memory

  1. Beautiful, heartfelt tribute 🙂 I love you!
    Mom

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