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Doug Earnest

Branson, MO USA
Post  Posted 9 Sep 2019 6:05 am    
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Andy, I'm sorry for the loss of your son. Just a few days ago I was browsing all the pictures on your website thinking that the people over there seemed to be living a happy life.
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Andy DePaule

Saigon, Viet Nam & Harrisburg, Oregon
Post  Posted 9 Sep 2019 8:06 am     Funeral is over now....
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Thank you to each and every one of you who sent good thoughts and such kindness.
It means so much to us.

We had over 200 seats at the funeral on Sunday, but that was not enough for all the family and friends that came. It was packed with those friends standing at the back and the overflow into the hall.

Many got up to reminisce and sometimes had me laughing and other times brought on the tears. I can only say if tears weighed much I'd be down to my desired 40 pound less weight after this week.

Because he will be entombed at the family plot in the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam we had to have him cremated. Something I was dreading, but when offered to be the one to push the three buttons. Better me than a stranger. Pushing those three buttons was one of the hardest things I'd ever done including my two tours losing friends in the old South Viet Nam. Seeing his 8 year old son and 15 year old daughter crying so hard wrenched my heart a few notches more.

I also rode in the hurst with the driver and Buddy. She was now working at that funeral home doing many jobs including embalming and preparing people for viewing. She had gone to school with Buddy and Sam, knew them both well, and with tears in her eyes said it was the hardest thing she had ever had to do. We both shared tears and memories of him during to long procession drive to the crematory.

It also turned out the the police motorcycle escort was led by Officer Coco who was also a friend of Buddy.

The songs "Will the circle be unbroken" and "I'll fly away" often ran through my head. I'll need to work those up on my steel when I get home. This was the first time I've traveled in many trips without my Clinesmith lap steel.

Once again, Thanks to you all for the kindness. I would answer each and every one, but it is just too difficult right now. Just know your thoughts and prayers were so very welcome.
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Jim Fogle

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 9 Sep 2019 4:14 pm     My Thoughts And Prayers To You And Your Family
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I'm sorry to read about the sudden loss of your son, Buddy.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jim Fogle
Brother - Harold Fogle (1945-1999)

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Eddie Thomas

Post  Posted 21 Sep 2019 4:36 am     Prayers and thoughts.
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Andy, I am sorry to be so late in commenting on this, but I don't check this section as often as I should. I am very sorry to hear this about your son. And I know your pain, for 11 years ago, I lost my son (age 33), my only child. And you are so right, there are no words to describe the pain and the emptiness you feel. My heart goes out to you, and I wish there was something I could say or do to help ease your pain, but there is not. This is something that you don't get over, you just learn to live with it. You will see him again. Take care my friend.
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