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.
 

28 comments:

aarond said...

This made me cry as I read it, number one for your loss and the great man he was and number two my father in law served in the war also and just turned 90 last month. We had a large birthday party for him and he and my mother in law have been married for 70 years also. Memories are what it is all about and it looks like you have a lot of great ones.

Donna said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! As I read your post, it sounded like you were describing my father-in-law--from the war and the medals to the faithful, loving father and husband--it all sounded so familiar.

Your father-in-law may be gone but he certainly will not be forgotten for it sounds as if you have many wonderful memories!

God bless you and your family LaurieAnna as you go through this tough time.
D~~~~

Anonymous said...

I pray for you and your family as you all struggle to go on with "every day life" because life as you all knew will never be the same. I recently lost my dad and didn't know how I could go on about my daily living having experienced such a loss and a depth of sadness I had never known. It does get a little easier as time goes on and you replace the hurt and pain with wonderful memories. Just take it day by day and sometimes it gets better if you don't hold back and let the tears flow as I think it is healing as well. Take care~ Melisa

Karen said...

Even though he was not your natural father, your love for him shows in such a sweet way. It's so hard to lose our loved ones, but it sounds like he led a wonderful life. Praying that you and the family will get through these days ahead knowing that your dear father-in-law is happy and healthy in Heaven.
Hugs,
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Terri said...

How precious.. as i read and looked at the pics... I just cried!! What an amazing heritage!!! A precious legacy remains behind ... as he journeys with his Savior!!! Thank you for sharing such with us!! May God comfort you and your family as only He can do..Terri

janet said...

What a beautiful story of your father-in-law...My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..

Stephanie said...

Beautiful post about a man who was clearly a genuine and kind-hearted soul. So terribly sorry for your loss - you will be in my prayers.

susan said...

laurie what a touching heartfelt post you have written for this incredible man thanks for sharing it with us that generation truly was the "greatest generation" and I'll be praying for you and your family, susan

A Thrifted Market said...

Lifting you and your sweet family up to the Lord tonight. May he wrap you in his loving arms and comfort you all in the days to come. Please know that I am thankful and grateful for his service to our country.Blessings to you and yours in this time of loss. In prayer and love my friend!

Myna Kay said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray the God will give your family comfort during your grief.

ruthie said...

Thank you Laurie for honoring this great man. My prayers are with you and your family.

smd46 said...

He was also a teacher, a great example to his children and grandchildren. Reading about his final days, tells me that God gave all of you the time to minister to him before he died. How wonderful was that? My sisters and I were given that opportunity when my aunt fell ill. It will sooth your pain, and make the healing of losing him easier.

pipigirl said...

i am so so sorry for your loss. i know exactly where you are at. sounded like he was one heck of a man. take solace in your memories. it does help. shed your tears, as it is part of the process. TEARS MY FREIND ARE LIQUID LOVE. take care of yourself. susy

Anne Boykin said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Laurie Anna.

Teresa said...

You had a great Blessing. Sorry for your loss.

Junebugpins said...

What a truly touching tibute to such a wonderful person in your life~
I enjoyed seeing the pictures of their life over the years...very patriotic tribute...so precious....
Thinking of you this Thanksgiving...many..many memories...
Sending you and your family a big hug....

trash talk said...

L.A.,
I'm typing this through tears. 70 years is remarkable...in any day or time. What an example they were. As our God calls one more soldier home, through the sharing of your precious photos and memories, you've provided the opportunity to guarantee he will continue to touch many more lives...including mine.
My prayers are with y'all in the coming days. We have so few real heroes these days. Thank you for sharing yours.
God bless you and your family. My heart and thoughts will be with your mother-in-law in the coming days.
Debbie
P.S. He was a handsome man with a more than remarkable likeness to Billy Graham. I don't think that is a coincidence. From what you've written, your father-in-law was a mighty witness as well.

Rebecca said...

What a wonderful tribute to your beloved father-in-law. Beautiful pictures! I especially love the one of their 70th wedding anniversary! What an inspiration for others.

-Rebecca Walker
www.sister-dipity.blogspot.com

20 North Ora said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. He was an inspiration to you and the whole family and my, how it shows. Prayers and blessings to you all.

Judy

Fairfield House said...

Dear Laurie Anna,
I know the grief of losing a father. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.
Remember, life is everlasting, love is forever , death is a horizon ... And a horizon is just the limit of our eyesight.
Your Friend,
Deborah

Linda Young said...

God bless you and comfort you! My father -in-law is exactly like him, and failing every day, and I know we will lose him soon also. It hurts so much.
He was a wonderful man and you were so blessed! What a lovely tribute, you are a very loving daughter-in-law and wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Linda

Anonymous said...

LaurieAnna... what a beautiful, touching post. It brought tears to my eyes. I hope y'all find comfort in your memories of a great man.... so rare anymore to see stories such as this. Thinking of you and your family.
Take care... Linda, Tampa FL.

carla said...

What an honor for your family to have had such a husband/father/father-in-law/grandfather.

I'm reading "Unbroken" right now, a true story of an American airman in WWII.

We owe them so very much.

Loved the photos and the story.

amy said...

A beautiful life indeed...

Jeannie-JB said...

God bless you and your family - this will be a hard time {I've been through it}, but your faith will see you through.

Blessings,
Jeannie

Tutti Chic said...

what an absolutely lovely post....so sorry for your loss. chris

Anonymous said...

May you and your family find peace in your hearts, during this difficult time. Marykay

Lindsay at Life of Splendor said...

I was so saddened to read this post...how difficult it is for us to lose someone here so dear to us. But I love what you said about him now being with our Savior. What comfort and power there is in that statement! Loss like that is only difficult for us here because there are no more tears where he is!