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!