Growing up poor on the Iron Range in Minnesota was often difficult. But somehow Dad was able to keep us together and also, when needed, create a home for his brother Albert's children. Their Mother had died of diphtheria when they were quite young. This was often the only time these kids lived in a home with running water. They were there often enough to cause them to be as much family as our own brothers and sisters. Though their given names were Richard and Alan, we knew them as Dick and Joe. I can't imagine what it was like for my parents to have four boys all around the same age, tearing up around that farm, but trust me, we had some fun. A couple weeks ago my brother called to tell me the oldest, 70 year old Dick, a Viet Nam veteran who'd been awarded three Purple Hearts, had passed away. The sadness I've been feeling has been tough but as always life goes on. Last night my brother called to tell me Joe had passed. He was 68 years old. Now of the four my brother and I are left here and the lord has claimed two very good men.
Sounds like you have a lot of good memories to fall back on Mike. Sorry for your double loss. Hang in there!
Mike, Thanks for sharing. We can only imagine your loss. Our condolences for you and your family. We also appreciate their service to our country. You'll be in our prayers.
Wayne & Adrienne
Sorry for your loss Mike.
Our condolences, Michael. Karen and Bob
Sorry to hear of your loss of two brothers so close together,.....Harold Schwendeman
Mike so sorry to hear about your loss. Thanks for sharing
Wow, Michael G. I can imagine the feelings you have. I had to share my dad with six of my cousins after their dad flew an airplane into a mountain side in a snow storm in 1964. All six were boys, one older than I, one almost my age, and four were younger. I never minded them being around. They were all more like brothers than cousins.
Three of those six cousins and my own real brother all died way too young (health issues, not military).
My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Mike, very sorry for the great loss. Gary
My condolences to you Mike.
I’m sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like the four of you went through a lot of good times together over the years. I’ll be praying for you and your extended family. A country song that meant a lot to me during the loss of my Mom and it still touches my heart is by Brad Paisley. It is called “When I get where I’m going.” If you like country songs and if you a have a private moment, I would encourage you to listen to it at: https://www.bradpaisley.com/?q=vef/load/b78ec7aa1c4d9da3444653a604e65db0&width=6 40px&height=363
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Mike sorry to hear of your loss also. Great story about a great time as kids. I'm sure you will cherish it always. Life is so precious. Not to mention short. God Bless.
Mike, We are also sorry to hear of your loss. You have our sympathy.
Keith and Carol Gumbinger
Sorry to hear such sad news. My condolences and prayers, Mike.
I am sorry for your loss.
God be with you at this time!
Sorry for your loss of two brothers. Dean
It sounds like your family did right by these boys. A simple act of love on the part of your parents enriched four lives for eternity.
My condolences to you and your family.
Michael, your cousins are in good keeping. My condolences go out to you.
Sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you have fond memories. My prayers are with you and your family.
Thank you all so much for your kind words. Tomorrow is the Memorial Service for Dick. I'm not able to attend but my brother will be there to represent us. Then Friday I'll drive to the South side of the Twin Cities with my brother to attend Joe's funeral.
At our daily coffee meeting today I was telling stories to a couple of friends about the brothers. One story that got a few of them laughing involved Joe and I having a difference of opinion and your's truly acquiring a broken nose for my trouble. Though it didn't seem as funny at the time, I'm able to recall it with genuine fondness and a sense of humor for the circumstances and all the parties involved.