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Father's Day 2010-In memory of my dad

Sunday, June 20, 2010

John W. Gergel
Loving husband and father
Feb. 2, 1928--Sept. 26, 1991

This photo was taken when we celebrated his 60th birthday in 1988.

I am the youngest of 3 kids, and had my parents all to myself after my brother and sister left home. Those were three of the best years of my life. I grew very close to both my parents, and am still very close with my mom. I am very blessed to have such a wonderful family. We went to a lot of Cardinals games together at the old Busch Stadium, and he taught me how to keep score with a scorecard. He couldn't stand to watch the games on TV, though! Mom and I would be watching a game, and something exciting would happen--he'd hear us screaming, and would come in the room and say something like, "Okay--that's nice!!" Dad also taught me how to fish, and we spent a lot of time on Table Rock Lake in southern Missouri doing just that. Dad loved to golf, too--he played nine holes a week before he died--and a year later, my mom found his watch in his golf bag :) I'm thinking of him as I watch the US Open this weekend.

So many random things remind me of my dad. He loved the Muppets, the movie "AIRPLANE!!", Sherlock Holmes movies, but most of all--his family. He had a quiet strength about him that was such a blessing. I never heard a cross word come from him. One thing that always made me sad was that he died before I met my husband. What's funny is that my father-in-law Tom was a lot like my dad, in so many ways! I've told my hubby that if he wanted to know what my dad was like, all he had to do is look at his own. My mother even noticed the similarities.

So, every day, but especially today, I honor my father. I am truly blessed to have had this wonderful man as my dad. Love and miss you, Pop!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SLIMMERJESSE 6/26/2010 11:40PM

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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LOVEMYPETS 6/22/2010 1:40PM

    What a beautiful post. Your father must have been a very special man who loved you very much. emoticon

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SUGARBABY60 6/21/2010 1:19AM

    What a lovely tribute to your father. and what an accomplishment for your father....
to have raised children who honor and respected him and your mother.

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    I loved your blog and know I would have liked your dad. I share many of his favorites including Table Rock Lake.

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HHOUSE8 6/20/2010 8:31PM

    Lovely post. I think I would have liked your dad! So glad you had such a wonderful dad with such good memories.

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KNITTABLES 6/20/2010 4:16PM

    Beautifully written and thanks for sharing.

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TYGRLILY 6/20/2010 2:55PM

    this is such a beautiful post, your father sounds like an amazing man!


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