My father-in-law passed away last Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 7:33pm. Mike, Miriam, and their mother were by his side as he slipped out of this world into the presence of His Lord.
He leaves behind a son who didn't get to have one last conversation with him before slipping into a coma, yet who is left with the firmest impression that his dad loved Jesus, served Him passionately, and is undoubtedly singing his heart out to Him now.
He leaves behind a daughter who didn't get to be walked down the aisle by her Daddy, but who left her life in CA to spend the last few months by his side, caring for him and seeing first-hand the grace of Christ in his heart and in his marriage in the midst of tremendous suffering.
He leaves behind his wife, the love of his heart, who for decades served Christ right by his side. He loved her fiercely and for years, secretly stashed money into a Bible to buy her the diamond that he never got to buy her as young loves. And through the months of painfully nursing his ailing body, she entrusted him to the Lord and even today, continues to do so. She is now without half of herself, but remains strong because after all, "I have Jesus," she says.
He also leaves behind a daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. His oldest grandchild (Audrey), when she found out that Grandpa was now in Heaven, gasped in shock and after a short pause, exclaimed, "Lucky him!" and in thinking about him for days, realized that Grandpa was in Heaven and was lucky because he gets to be with the "real Jesus."
We are so thankful for all our family and friends who have been praying. Mike and the family are so encouraged by everyone's love and look forward to coming back to CA for the memorial service here.
Many of you have already watched this through Mike's facebook, but here is the wonderful slideshow tribute that Miriam made for her dad.