I will not grieve over his body, for he is no longer there.
Though tears may fall, I will not mourn for his passing.
His life was well-lived, therefore I will celebrate the life that was.
His memory I will honor by sharing his stories and teaching his children’s children what he taught me.
They will know he was a man, a brother, a son, a father, and a husband. He was a teacher, a patriot, a Marine!
He wasn’t perfect, but he was good. A lesson we all should strive to learn: To be good.
Though I will miss him, I am filled with gratitude that he took me in as a son, and that I could call him Father.
May the old Colonel prepare the way for those yet to come. May he be at rest, no longer suffering, free from a body that no longer obeyed his commands.
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