Hello from Prescott, IA

Hello from Prescott, IA
Subtitled: We will miss you Joe Holbrook!
Monday Morning May 10, 2010 (First travelogue of this trip).
We had planned to travel to Prescott next week, but those plans got changed last Thursday evening. We received a call that Pat’s cousin, Joe Holbrook, passed away quite unexpectedly at age 55. He had had surgery to repair a torn hip muscle. Apparently a blood clot from the surgery caused the death.
We left Evergreen early Friday afternoon after my doctors appointment. We arrive in Prescott at 1:00 AM their time.
Today is the funeral and I will not do well. You see, Joe was a very special person. In a lifetime, a person meets a handful or two of people who are a cut way above any other friend. Joe was one of those people with out question.
Joe was a wonderful husband. He and Cheryl did not have children, but he was a very special friend to every kid he ever met. When we would show up in Iowa with our three girls, Joe would quickly round them up and take them for ice cream. They loved it!!! I suspect there were times that he did not have two nickels to rub together, but he still took them to the ice cream shop. But Joe was much more than that. We went to a family dinner last night (about 50 people) and the out- poring of love was unbelievable. Yes, that happens at other similar times when folks pass away, but it was quite different than that.
Our girls were devastated and immediately made plans to try to be here, in spite of their hectic lives. Two were able to make it, but Judy’s family has had some terrible flu going on and they were not able to be here. However, she wrote a wonderful tribute blog (here).
I have searched for a way to describe Joe, and I can’t find the right words. I looked up warmhearted in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and it said it was “marked by ready affection, cordiality, generosity, or sympathy”. That certainly described Joe, but there would be a much longer list for him. The term “heart of gold” came up several times last night, but that also fall short. Lets leave it that Joe was a very special person who defied description!
I should also mention that Joe was a very proud Marine. His funeral today will include a Marine ceremony. There will not be a dry eye in the place. He loved his country as much as he loved his family.
I will continue this travelogue when we again head out to Prescott and then travel to some tradeshows.
That is all for now.
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