“The Broken Chain”

We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

 Author: Ron Tranmer


Tim and I lost his wonderful father on September 10, 2001.  It has been a long 12 years with out him; his absence weighs heavy on my heart.  This time of the year is the hardest.  He should be hunting with us and helping train dogs instead of watching us from above.  His contagious smile and constant teasing is missed greatly.  I found this wonderful poem and had to share; it perfectly depicts how I feel about his death.  There is a piece missing in my husbands heart that only a “Daddy’s Love” can fill.  I know that Dave would be extremely proud of his son and all of his wonderful accomplishments: graduating from U of M Morris, deployments, medals, and most recently Tim’s promotion to Captain in the Army.  I pinned his 2nd Lt bars on him almost 6 years ago, but it would of been great to share the honor with Dave….you take one shoulder, I will take the other…..

Dave your son is a wonderful man and I owe it all to you and the example you set for him: what a man and husband should be.  Sending you all my love from this earthly place which I feel you left to soon but, the chain will not always be broken, our time will come to join you again when eventually God calls us home.

Dave, katie, Tim colorado 1999 Dave and Tim after deer hunting 1999