Grandma uses the chalkboard on the chef in the kitchen to communicate milestones or just little sayings. Before the boys turned 1, this chalkboard was updated monthly to say "The Eskimos are # months." When we arrived at her house, this was the message.
No matter who the family heard from following my Dad's passing, it was clear that he brought a lot of laughter to a lot of people. Even people that he met briefly, were quick to say that he was a funny man. So many mentioned the elicit Christmas cards that were only sent by Mr. Noller and how these will be missed.
A memorial website has been established that contains a biography and some photographs from his life. This site can be found at www.mem.com and searching for Gary Noller. The photographs represent his life but also represent several days of his children combing through photo albums and boxes of photographs to narrow down the photos to the right 50 photographs. The funeral home originally indicated that there could be 20 photographs but that was not good enough. After some persuasion, they allowed 50 photographs.
His funeral was held on Sunday, June 14th. It was a hard day for everyone but it was very nice that all seven of his children were able to be there for the service. It is always sad that it takes something like this to bring people together. After the day was over, we actually realized that this was the only time all seven of us were ever together. My Dad had five children when he married my Mom and he gained his two new children, Lance and me. At the wedding, six of us were present. From that point forward, there was always a reason that one of us was not present at major events until his funeral.
While this was the first time we were all together, I hope it is not the last.
I want to thank everyone that commented on my prior post, sent e-mails of support, thought of our family, prayed for our family, sent cards, flowers or tried to attend the service. All of this support has been very comforting and again, I thank you.
We will miss you Dad and Grandpa! You may no longer be with us, but you will never be forgotten! You made us all laugh...