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Bkeepr    Posted 08-16-2004 at 05:58:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
An old gentleman Pam and I knew who lived down the road from us died last week.

We had met him several years ago when our car broke down out in the middle of nowhere. No cell phone, so we started walking home. We weren't hitching, but this old man had passed the broke-down car and then stopped when he passed us. He gave us a ride all the way to the house, even though it was several miles in the opposite direction he was heading. He wouldn't take any money, but we gave him some of our honey as a thanks and he seemed happy to get that.

Turned out he was an old friend of our farming mentor, Emory. We discovered from him that he was a WW II vet who was a survivor of the infamous Bataan death march.

Anyway, I saw his obit the other day. He was getting up there in years, so we were sad but not surprised. Yesterday Emory stopped in for a visit and told us the whole story. The old man had fallen several weeks ago and broken his hip. Was placed in a temporary care facility and apparently doing ok given his age. But I guess his family decided he needed to go to a permanent facility where he could be looked after better; his hip wasn't going to improve enough for him to be self-sufficient again and his house and yard were too big, they judged.

On Friday, when he got home from the temporary facility, he shot himself to death rather than go to a permanent facility.

I understand and don't disagree with his decision, it is just sad that a good life and good man had to end that way.


Patria    Posted 08-16-2004 at 19:37:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, when I hear something like this I can't help but imagine how the last couple of minutes felt for someone who decided to end his own life...really sad.

deadcarp    Posted 08-16-2004 at 10:26:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep we all have limits and strange things happen sometimes. Following the 71 earthquake, we were completing a damage assessment report on a retirement community and went into one bldg that had sustained obvious damage. We knocked but nobody responded, so entered the place. The bedroom was a mess but nothing really hazardous. There in the bed was the wife, apparently dead of heart failure. And her vet husband had managed to get his wheelchair close enough to the dresser to reach his pistol. I guess he'd had enough and knew he couldn't look after her from here anymore. :)

Salmoneye    Posted 08-16-2004 at 08:23:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry for you...

dale anne    Posted 08-16-2004 at 06:10:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
sorry to hear about that B.....wish the ole man and his family would have givin him a chance....I am a nurse and worked in nursinghomes a long time.....I dont think anyone can say that a person wont become whole again after any such accident.....I have seen the worse heart attacks,strokes,broken hips...heal and become very near 100% better do to that person being determined to get well again.....will keep his soul in my prayers and folks remember...dont give up on yer loved ones so fast!....determined folks are not the usual cookie cutter patient...they can heal and will if givin time and love...dale anne

Clod    Posted 08-16-2004 at 16:41:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Life has a lot of sharp edges to it.

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