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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tribute Tuesday

This morning, comes an opportunity to pay tribute to someone, this opportunity is brought to me by Wayne who over on his blog runs the sweet Tribute Tuesday. Wayne's window to the world

Today, I offer tribute to the most amazing man in my life, he's no longer here physically but he is there for me always in spirt... My dad. Walter Erich Claassen Jr. (June 27-1936 ro July 26,1999)

My dad was the most amazing man, he served 32 years in the United States Army, after graduating from West Point in 1961. He became an ordained Catholic deacon in 1989 and served with the church until the day he died.

He had such a strong faith in God, believed with all his heart that could get you through anything, and lived by the words "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" I am ashamed to say since losing my dad, I have had an anger with God, and I don't go to church or pray as often as I should. I have gotten my family away from the church because my feelings are hurt, but this is not about me... is it?

My dad loved my mother like no man ever could love a woman, my parents still held hands, and still danced (and were they amazing to watch). My dad loved each one of us children, with his whole heart, he would growl when needed but always showed the loving side more. His grandchildren were his life and he adored each and everyone of them, my greatest regret is the grandchildren he will never know.

My dad was the best, and I pay this tribute to him because he was one of a kind, when they made him they broke the mold, when God took him home and let him rest, he broke my heart.


Mrs B said...

What a good lookin fella. I bet you miss him terribly, but I bet he's the first one waiting for you at the pearly gates.

Wayne said...

Thankyou so much for taking part in this weeks Tribute Tuesday. Your father Walter was a truly amaizing man and he has had a great life and I am sure he is so proud of you every day. This is a great tribute ti a truly great man. and I am sure that he is watching over you

Jenn said...

He sounds absolutely wonderful. Sometimes God takes the best of us first, even though they're the ones we might miss the most. Thank you so much for sharing him with us.

Kimber said...

Wonderful tribute. I'm sure your father was one of the best.

blissfullysimple said...

Your tribute gave a wonderful glimpse into the life of a man that certainly touched many lives

Oh Boy...Oh Boy...Oh Boy said...

Aw, that's a great tribute and he was a good looking guy!!

Following Him said...

I am so glad that your father meant so much to you. I bet you miss him so much and his legacy remains true to your heart :)

Robin said...

Hi there!
I found your blog through Wayne. What a loving tribute to your dad! It was so touching! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Julie said...

Oh Tricia, that was beautiful. He sure was handsome! And it sounds like he was a wonderful man. (((hugs))) So sorry you lost him.