Luke would never leave unless he had his sucker. Their courtship continued and in February of 1975, Ralph proposed while on leave. And then he died. He was always so happy, I remember him rolling around the floor." The former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies acquired his work and commercial design firms populated his nautical motifs. Linda became pregnant with Suzie, and Ralph took a job as deputy sheriff for the jail in Oakland County. Whenever we stumbled, he could have accepted our bitching & moaning and advised us to take the easy way out and quit. We would stand at the door of Lucas' room and hang onto each other's shoulders, waving bye to Adie, knowing that we were going to do just that.. One of my favorite and one of the tenderest moments though came when I was sitting Lucas up on the side of the bed, we were changing the bed, and he reached his right arm around and nuzzled into my shoulder. Then his shoulder was badly hurt on the job during a fight with prisoners; and he had to quite his job, so as not to risk hurting his shoulder again. Luke has touched so many people in so many ways. She took her children to the library and read to them frequently, sharing with them her own love of books, both modern titles and well-known classics. His job as a lawyer required him to be highly rational, but he was a creative person at heart. Grandma Ruth said, "Luke was the grandson that everyone wants, I cherish time we had together over the past 6 months. I will miss Luke losing his Spiderman at my house and needing to bring some toy home until we found it, or just bringing home a toy because he knew we would let him. (if ever) to get over this - I miss him more than he will ever know. Sure, our world is less bright since we’ll miss his conversation, his laugh, his counsel. Here was a prolific man who could miraculously paint on huge, huge canvases. He’ll always be close by to listen, to support us when we need it. His co-workers were a wonderful support during this time. Then, the logical side would step in and say that while art is all well and good, it’s important that we find some practical way to support ourselves. There brotherly friendship was an unspoken joy. Dennis remembers with delight that he broke the record and finally found a hot sauce that was too hot for Ralph. In March of 1980, Molly was married to Paul ____________. Selflessness. He loved John Wayne, and had a whole collection of his movies on VHS – it was a running joke that he was probably the only person in town who still had VHS tapes and watched them. Your presence here is important, for it is the memory of the friends who stood by them during this time that will be a source of strength and consolation to them later on, during those inevitable moments of grief and emptiness. They were happily married for 32 years, and during his last days, his only concern was for Mom’s well being, and not his own impending mortality. Luke would eat anything; whatever you were eating Luke would always say "Can I have a bite? Early on she showed evidence of the lively spirit that was her signature throughout her life. The strongest drive of his personal and professional life was to support his family, to make sure we were taken care of. All the while, he never stopped playing the guitar. Dad was always there for us, opinionated, always ready to help, playful and grouchy in quick succession (like me, like my son). They stayed in a hotel and within 3 days got an apartment; and Ralph got a security job at the Showboat Casino. She loved to barbecue and make her kids’ favorites for their birthdays – cheesecake for Megan and chocolate mousse pie for Colter. May his journey continue in peace and the knowledge that he is loved and deeply missed. My father died recently. I would like to ask his daughters Loes and Helena to share their thoughts... As you people are aware, David suffered depression and as it increased he spoke of deep loneliness, the huge void in his life and concern for his future. The ships would later call to him and their magnitude and importance would unleash his creative spirit and set him sailing and soaring as a painter. Ella and I will miss walking into Linda's every morning and him say HI Ella HI Erika (it sounded like Aka) his big smile and ready to play attitude. Ralph played football in Goodrich High School; and after graduating in 1968, he worked at GM for a little while, a job he hated. He just loved being social. They were married that September. He was born to David and Loyla, named after his father and one of 5 handsome brothers "Whim, Hobe, Dick and Jaqcues" standing "Dutch proud and dignified" as you can see in this lovely sepia colored photograph of the family. "It was such freedom and great fun", she says. Meghan and Colter remember their mother as beautiful both inside and out. Cancer, a nemesis looming large in taking people’s lives. I love you not so much for your realities, I pray for your desires that they may be great, The most beautiful rose is one hardly more than a bud, Wherein the pangs and ecstasies of desire. With his heart pounding he looked for the amaryllis at the next table and then the next not finding it anywhere, and when he looked up to see if it was at the next table, he saw the Master Gardner standing there. He knew story well and would offer insightful feedback on my own work. I think part of the grief I feel is because dad was so vigorous and full of life before he got sick. I could stand here and list all the ways I admire him…but well, a lot of you have flights to catch. Then she found out they were taking the same bus to Flint, and they chatted the whole way home.