1. Thank you, Holly. I know you will be a valuable resource as I travel the difficult days ahead. Appreciate your support so much.

  1. Gene Grabs was a remarkable person. His supreme intelligence and uncommon humility live on in you Lori. We lost a good one, but he and Gert raised four others that give back in uncommon ways. Blessings as you cherish the memories and live “rich”.

    1. Anyone who knew my dad loved and admired him. It is a blessing to hear from those he touched. He left big shoes to fill, for sure.

  2. Oh Lori, I don’t have words for how moving your story with your Dad is. Yes, you certainly did grow up a rich girl. I am holding you in my heart as you mourn his passing. Continuing keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    1. Thank you, sweet friend. These are the days we realize what’s really important. Thank you for the prayers, and mine continue for you as well.

  3. Beautiful words, Lori. I’m certain he was honored and blessed to be your daddy, and so very proud of you for learning these precious life lessons. Hugs to you my friend.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss, Lori! I send my prayers of sympathy to your entire family and for continued healing for your mother. You were blessed to have him as your daddy and he certainly was blessed to have you as his loving daughter. God bless to all of you.

    1. We appreciate the prayers very much. They are life sustaining in this difficult season. Blessings to you.

  5. Lori, This is a beautiful tribute to your dad. I did not get to spend much time with him, but always felt he was a kind intelligent man. Your description of him reminds me so much of how I felt about my dad. I think this speaks well for our mothers who knew and married great men and together they raised us in a home where we never doubted we were loved. I am so thankful to read your words it gives me comfort to know of your feelings. Please tell your mother hello for me and take care of her and yourself…Love to all your family, Linda

    1. Linda, he was exceptional, and I know you understand how it feels to lose a well-loved daddy. We are both blessed to have the families we do. It is always great to hear from you!

  6. What a beautiful tribute to your father. You were truly rich. Praying for you and your family.

    1. Grief is the price of loving someone. I know you understand what I am going through, losing a great daddy. Love you, friend.

  7. Great post, Lori. I am not exactly sure how I stumbled across your blog today, but here I am. No doubt, grandpa will be missed dearly by all. It seems like last Thanksgiving we were all playing football in the front yard out at the farm. Indeed, I told Brad when he called me on my birthday that I remember when he told me it was his twenty-third birthday. It seems like we have found a time warp. Just like grandpa and grandma, Dell and you have lived a remarkable life to date. It’s readily apparent to me that your father (and mother) live on through you. I wish you well and pray that you continue to find the gold nuggets of love, strength, and perseverance your father instilled in you. God Bless.

    1. It made my day to hear from you, Brandon. And you are so right, we have all been deceived by time in one way or another, believing we will always have some to spare, or denying its passage at all. Dad was always intrigued by time as well. We will all miss him terribly. A lifetime of great memories from the farm. He talked about you just a few days before he died. He loved and respected you so very much. Thank you for reaching out. Continued health and rich blessings to you and Katie.

  8. What a beautiful perspective! You are a very rich girl and have an amazing legacy because of him! I’m in tears after reading this, and am praying for you, knowing the rawness of your feelings, foggy head, and lonely heart! Thank you for sharing this, even though it’s hard now! Love you dearly!

    1. Love you, too, Beth! I know you understand losing a stellar daddy. I still miss yours very much as well.

  9. Such a blessing to read your words. They brought me to tears missing my own daddy. You had a great childhood with lots of good memories. Cherish them always. Thank you Lori for sharing your heart and words with us all.

  10. Lori the missing part never goes away. My dad has been gone 19 years and it still seems like last week sometimes. I the the missing our parents when they have passed away is the spark to allow us to once again reflect on the great memories and people they were. I’m thankful for that sadness even though it’s hard because I can keep those great memories of how great of an upbringing I received. Your words & heart are a constant encouragement dear friend. Grace & peace ❤️

    1. I know you understand that deep missing feeling. Thank you for your perspective and encouragement. We are never fully prepared for life’s transitions, but with the help of others who have already navigated the waters, we make it through. Blessed to know you, friend.

  11. Beautiful tribute Lori. Your letter was equally moving and profound. How proud he must have been of you. So sorry for the loss of your dad. You are indeed rich and you enrich us with your insight, kindness and hard work through the tough times. You surely help more than you realize.

  12. Oh Lori, this makes me smile and sad at the same time. You’re dad was one of the best, right along with your mom. So many memories of the two of them from walking into your house to their office in town.
    Your dad was well-respected by many and he will be missed. Many hugs to you and also your mom. I know she will miss him so much.

    1. They both love you and your family dearly. We had some great times in school, on vacations, and especially during sleepovers. Our lives overlapped so much for so long. And losing your own parents, you understand this journey. Great to hear from you.

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