Not with a bang, but a sigh.

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It was a morning like any other. After breakfast, he tinkered with the pressure washer he planned to use the next day to wash the mobile home. At lunch time, he came in to eat and then sat with his wife to watch a game show or two. He was bragging to her about how well he'd done with with the pressure washer. She turned her head towards the TV but then heard a heavy sigh from him. The things he'd been holding in his hands slipped to the floor. She called him several times before dialling 911 in a panic.

The EMT's were there quickly and 7 or 8 of them worked on him for quite a while before loading hims into an ambulance and speeding to the hospital. She followed them with her heart in her throat. Once inside she was ushered to a waiting room. After a while, a doctor approached with heavy steps. "I'm sorry, we did everything we could." he said. Stunned shock struck her. She gathered herself and made her way home to start making calls.

It was about 6:30 when the phone rang at my house. Glancing at the caller ID, my husband joked "What did Dad do to the computer now?" I answered the phone brightly and asked my step-mom how things were going with them. "Not too good, your dad just passed away." If my step mom hadn't have sobbed right then, I wouldn't have believed her.

My dad was 84. The photo I've included here couldn't have been named more appropriately.

In Memorial, Kenneth P. Grebe, Sr. June 9, 1925 - Oct 2, 2009.

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October 09, 2009

Ladykassie

Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones, Sandra.

October 06, 2009

Tonygers

Sorry to hear of your sad news Sandra. Hope all is well with you and your family.

October 05, 2009

Maigi

Sorry to hear it, Sandra. My thoughts are with you and your family.

October 05, 2009

Valleymiss

My condolences to you and your family. It is so hard to give a parent or any other loved one up,but God is good,and may He bless you throughout your life.

October 05, 2009

Avion49

Thank you all. He enjoyed life right up until his final breath.

October 05, 2009

Tangie

Condolences to you and your family :(. It is terrible to lose someone you love and even harder to lose parents or children. I am sorry for your loss...

October 04, 2009

Littlemacproductions

So sorry for your loss. He sounds as though he was an active 84. He surely passed in a way that most people can only hope and pray for. He didn't linger or suffer. As a matter of fact his last moments were spent very well indeed. You will never forget him but the pain will lessen. Condolences to you and your family. Eti

October 04, 2009

Ladyamber

Sorry for your loss, Sandra. My most sincere condolences to you and your family.

October 04, 2009

Patl

Please except my condolenses. As long as he is in your mind and heart he will always be with you.

October 04, 2009

Creativei

So sorry for your loss. condolence to you and your family.

October 04, 2009

Fultonsphoto

Very sad news indeed, may he rest in peace.

October 04, 2009

Avion49

Thank you all. It was so sudden that we're all still in shock.

October 04, 2009

Keki

I'm very sorry for your loss. deep condolences to you and your family

October 04, 2009

Farang

I am very sorry for your loss.

Today, exactly one year ago i lost my mother on cancer, and although the pain gets dulled it will never go away.

Cherish the memories you have, you will always keep a special place for a loved one in your heart.
A

October 03, 2009

Denisebeverly

i am so sorry, i lost my dad 2 years ago... it is so hard still at times. you are in my prayers.

October 03, 2009

Cmarshall717

There are no words that can adequately express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. My prayer is that God give you all peace as you go through this time of loss. He is our strength when we lean on Him.

October 03, 2009

Wildmac

I'm very sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family all the best at this difficult time.

October 03, 2009

Irisangel

Oh Sandra, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May God give you strength and comfort knowing that the world is a little better place for your Dad having passed through it. Condolences to your step Mom also.

October 03, 2009

Justmeyo

I am sorry to hear that....

October 03, 2009

Mani33

Sorry for your loss, hope this photo will have a great success on his memory!

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