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Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15th. 2012.

It has been a bad week. Death won't wait because I'm busy harvesting.
Lost two very special friends and two acquaintance .
Might have mentioned Jack before, was 90. Gave me my start in farming as a 21 year old, about to be married. always wanted to farm, heard he was managing a farm that might be for rent. Stopped by his office to see if it was available. Only contact I had ever had with him was when he subbed as Agriculture teacher when I was a student. Was really surprised when he said I could have it, almost to good to believe. Told me, look around, all the farmers are getting old, we need some young ones like you to carry on. About a month went by and first one neighbor said he had it rented then another. Made me nervous. Went to see him again and mentioned all the rumors and he replied, I told you you had it rented and his handshake was good. Not long after he called and had me sign a lease, still have it today, 54 years later and live on the same farm.

Uncle Bud was another special guy in my life. Very outspoken,generous, caring in many ways. He and I traded jabs all the time, really loved that guy. He suffered so much pain the last few years. Sure wish I could have helped him more. So sad, just couldn't handle the constant pain anymore.
Many years ago I and all my boys and in later years as the G K's came along refereed to him as "Uncle Bud", he actually was a first cousin to my FIL. All started as a joke I told him because we were related I should be in his will. He would always bark back "Warner, while shaking his fist at me, and say all your going to get is one dollar", and then we would laugh. Just for the record the last time he saw me he was all the way up to $5.00, sure never wanted to collect that inheritance. GS's 8 and 11 upon hearing of his death were overheard saying "oh no, not Uncle Bud I really liked him, he was awesome, I want to go to his funeral".
When I was a much younger man, I had this neighbor farmer who thought I went out of my way to do him a favor. was the type that didn't give out too many compliments. He told me people usually wait until the casket is in front of the church and tell them what a great guy he was, he said I'm telling you now, while your alive, your a good one. Never forgot. Have only gave this compliment to 2 people, am sure many more are deserving, and they died a day apart.
I have always done fundraisers for various events through the years and both were VERY generous, both always saying, don't tell anyone where it came from, always wanted to be anonymous .
Life goes on and is for the living but somehow our little village will not be the same.

RIP "Uncle Bud" and "Jack"!

The Ole Farmer Skeeter emoticon


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OKIEGIRL561 2/17/2013 1:59PM

    Thanks for sharing this. My uncle is 95 and still puts out about 200 tomato plants every year. I just heard from his son that since the last two years were so dry, Uncle Fred might not put out 200 plants this year. His father, my grandfather, was a truck farmer and grew all kinds of produce. I can't eat watermelon anymore because they are never as good as what grandpa grew. I sure enjoyed your stories and understand how you will miss these good people.

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VOGONIAC 1/10/2013 7:20PM

    Remarkable sounding men. The world needs more like them.

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SPARKNMOM 10/25/2012 11:14PM

    Sorry to hear of your losses :(

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REJOHNSON3 10/20/2012 9:35AM

    Skeeter, sorry for your double loss. It is heartwarming to find that there are people like yourself and to be able to relate to others like yourself. It is always frustrating with life as it is and the losses we endure and the people that we will miss and not be able to communicate with as time goes on. We hope you find others that will fill the void and you let others into your good life.

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BBECKER1955 10/17/2012 6:49AM

    I'm sorry for your loses.

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BWARN64 10/16/2012 8:47PM

  I know how much they both meant to you, Dad. It's been a tough week for all who knew them. I will always remember Uncle Bud singing the Lord's Prayer and how much fun you had joking around with him. May you find comfort in knowing that they are in a better place. I love you, Dad!

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PALMETTOGIRL22 10/16/2012 1:27PM

    Lyle, I am so sorry for your losses. I've been there, having lost my best friend when she was only 49. My thoughts and prayers are with you and with their families.

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SEESKO 10/16/2012 10:14AM

Praying that you will find peace. I am so sorry you lost these two special people. Be thankful that they knew you thought they were good men. You are so right about how important it is to tell people while they live.

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WINE4GIRL 10/16/2012 7:33AM

    What a blessing to have them both in your life and the lives of so many others.. I am saddened by your loss.
Peace be with you as you know Uncle Bud is no longer in pain.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/16/2012 7:23AM

    AWWW so very sorry for your loss of 2 good friends.....that IS hard... emoticon emoticon

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JSALERNO 10/16/2012 6:23AM

    emoticon FOR YOUR LOSS

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BLUE42DOWN 10/16/2012 1:00AM


Your village may not be the same for the loss of them, but it sounds like it wouldn't be what it is without their presence before that. They live on in your heart and mind, and the hearts and minds of every individual they influenced.

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DJ4HEALTH 10/15/2012 11:11PM

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GRAMMACATHY 10/15/2012 11:08PM

    Skeeter, I am sending hugs and condolences. I am so sorry. You wrote a beautiful tribute to your friends. These memories will bring you comfort eventually.

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IUHRYTR 10/15/2012 11:05PM

    My condolences on your losses, Lyle. It's tough losing friends and family. It's a testement to all of you that you have so many happy memories of your time together. -- Lou

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/15/2012 11:04PM

    What a great eulogy, Skeeter. You've been blessed with these men for models and companions in your life.

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HANSBRINK 10/15/2012 11:01PM

  Sorry for your losses. A moving tribute.

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SHERRYGAYL 10/15/2012 10:35PM

    emoticon I'm so sorry for your losses.

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