Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Family Treasure

Many years ago I read a book titled “The Greatest Generation” by Tom Brokaw, one of the most touching books I’ve had the pleasure to read.  It celebrates the lives of the heroes and heroines that came of age during the Great Depression and World War II. 
My Father-in-law, Robert Sigler, was one of the incredible men that made up this amazing generation.
As a Veteran of World War II, where he fought in Germany and was injured, he was awarded many medals including a Purple Heart. 
In 1943 he married my sweet mother-in-law. They have lived in the same home their entire marriage where they raised 5 children, the youngest of which is my husband.  
Their lives, which were built upon a foundation of faith and love, have been blessed with 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and countless friends.
 He was a volunteer firefighter and a faithful servant of the First Baptist Church of Cleveland for 70 years where he was also a Deacon for over 50 years.  His was a lifetime of service and dedication to his family, friends, and community.
Shortly after the past Canton show, we received word that my precious Father-in-law had fallen seriously ill.  We’ve spent virtually every hour with him and our family since the sad news and we were with him when he was called home to be with the Lord earlier this week. 
Many tears have been shed over the past 10 days, but there have also been many smiles as we've dug through decades of photos for a memorial video that I assembled to celebrate the long and abundant life of this gentle and loving man. 
It was just 2 weeks ago that I took these last two photos when we all celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. 
Seventy years in marriage……truly a rarity, as was he.

A faithful and loving husband, daddy, and pawpaw, he was one of the best men I have ever known, an honor followed closely by his 3 sons.  Our hearts are aching at the loss of this precious man but we find comfort in knowing that he is now with our Savior and that we will one day see him again.
Robert Sigler 1923 – 2012
We love you daddy.
P.S. Please pray for our family as our hearts struggle with this great loss.