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Rest well, my friend

February 17, 2016

 

There’s a staggering loss being felt today. My father-in-law, Merlyn Anderson, passed away in the early morning hours of February 16. His last months were a struggle, physically and emotionally, but peace has come. The loss, however…where to begin?

  • Michelle lost her father, 11 months after losing her mother. That’s just not right.

  • I lost a father in law, but more importantly, one of my closest friends.

  • Mallory and Anna lost their Grandfather.

  • Pudge lost that tall skinny guy they called Grandpa, the man who always growled at him, even though he was met at the door with excitement on every single visit.

  • Bob Evans lost market share. 

  • Declining Fox News ratings will result in the laying off O’Reilly, Hannity and scores of other lunatics. 

  • The NRA (he called it National Rifle Association, I called it No Republicans Allowed) lost a dues-paying member.

  • As such, I’ve lost my favorite political debater. Different politics but, damn, we had fun. And always maintained respect.

  • John Deere lost one of it’s pitch men.

  • Saylor Park lost one of its cornerstones.

  • South Dakota lost one of its favorite sons.

  • And countless people lost a good, kind, jovial friend

 

But those of us who knew Merl have been filled with the grace of a man who left an impression that will last a lifetime. A grace that far surpasses any sense of loss we feel today. 

 

Rest well, my friend.

 

tc

 

© 2016 Timothy J Condron

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