Saturday, November 13, 2010

Memories


Jake Hiebert was born December 19,1941.
He grew up south of Morden and spent most of his life in this small farming community.
He loved his Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ.
Many times I have seen him sitting and reading his well worn Bible,and other christian books.

Today will be a difficult day,as we say a final farewell to his earthly body.
I would like to share with you a tribute which his only child,Steve wrote for him.
I beleive Jake would be so proud of Steve and these kind words.

I apologize for the length of this post,but felt that I wanted to share the following tribute as Steve wrote it.


My memories of Dad start in 1973,but the stories I've heard go back much farther than that.Dad always loved hunting,whether it was with a gun in his younger years,or with a camera.I remember hearing stories of Dad and his buddies chasing some poor fox through ditches and across plowed fields with their cars..I was later told never to follow this example,but still laugh to this day when I think of some of those crazy things that I've heard about.These stories just don't seem to line up with the quiet,gentle man most of us knew him as,and loved.By the time I was forming my own memories os Dad he had matured..well at least to a point,he always kept his fun loving ways about him.I remember a father that always had time for the ones he loved.It didn't matter how tired Dad was from working all day,he always had time for a game of catch outside in the evening. There were countless walks in the bush as we'd go out with his camera and he'd point out out little details in the flowers to me.and explain how bees were not out to get me,but were just doing the job that God had created them to do.He taught me how to ride my bike for what seemed like forever,but I'm sure it was just a few evenings…he'd hang on to the back of my bike and run on the lawn with me…or so I thought..I'd look back  and realize that Dad was standing back and watching me ride on my own and as soon as I realized this,I ended up on my side and he would come running to make sure I was ok…with jst a little smirk on his face,knowing that I could ride on my own.At the time I'm sure I wasn't too thrilled with this teaching strategy,but he always knew what he was doing and now  laugh at this.
As I said earlier,by this time I started forming my own memories of Dad,he had matured..somewhat…I'm not sure how old I was ,but I recall wrestling with Dad one afternoon..in the living room,but I don't recall,but imagine Mom was probably telling us to settle down,when I got the upper hand and managed to push Dad over and we both fell backwards into a chair and bust the leg off the chair….my first response,oh dear,I'm in trouble now.Dad looked at me and started laughing..he was still that crazy guy that loved to have fun..even if it meant wrecking something.
As I grew up I was very interested in astronomy and wanted a telescope… I started saving to make the big purchase..funny thing is ,I think Dad secretly wanted that telescope as much as I did,so he ended up buying it for me as a gift…I think Mom even believed him that it was a gift for me.We spent many hours outside looking at the stars with it…from mosquito infested summer nights to −20C winter night…Dad was always there with me.
There are so many stories I could share about this amazing man that I call Dad..the last story starts only a few months back…I got a call from the hospital   Dad had not been feeling great for a little while,so he went to see the doctor.I remember getting the call and being told he had a large mass on his pancreas.The amazing part of this story is that faced with certain death Dad did not waiver…    I rarely saw him cry,he was not scared of death…even as he was laying in his bed in his last few days or even hours he was still the strongest man I've ever known.He knew he was going to be with Jesus and was excited about this.The last words he said were the morning of his passing…Mom leaned over and said,"I love you sweetheart"….She didn't think he was awake or alert and he whispered  "I love you too". A few hours later he quietly passed away to be with his Maker. 
I could go on for hours talking about all the amazing times that we shared,but as you can see Dad was much more to me than just my Dad…he was my best friend,and playmate and a loving and amazing husband to Mom.
I love you Dad.

47 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful tribute and he sounds like a marvelous husband and father and Christian man. thanks for sharing these stories with us.

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  2. Oh Ruth...
    this is a beautiful tribute.
    It sounds like he was an amazing Father and Husband.

    My heart goes out to you on this difficult day.

    May you find peace and HIS love surrounding you.

    Chasity

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  3. How very blessed you and Steve have been, to share life together with Jake. This is such a beautiful insight into a life devoted to family and God. Jake truly has a legacy that will live on - in and thru your son, your grandaughter and in all the hearts of those who knew and loved him and have been blessed to share life with him here.

    Thank you so much for sharing this glimpse of him with us. My heart and prayers are with you today.

    Valerie

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  4. I feel very honored that you shared this wonderful tribute with us Ruth! An amazing man and husband now with His Father in heaven. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

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  5. What a beautiful tribute. Thank you so much for sharing. You have so many good memories. Every bird,sunset and sunrise and beautiful flower will remind you of the love you had for each other and of the nature around us that you and Jake shared.Today will be a difficult day. May you feel the love of God and family and friends around you.

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  6. A lovely tribute (not too long). Because I have never met you or even seen pictures I so enjoyed those photots at the top. He looks like the kind, gentle, wonderful man that Steve's words gave testimony of. You were a fortunate gal to have such a wonderful husband and father all these years. Good, good memories. I know he will be sorely missed and that the void he left will be greatly felt in the days and months to come -- may God hold/carry you especially through those times. My heart goes out to you today with all the emotions that it holds. God is good -- all of the time -- and I know that He will be with you.

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  7. What a wonderful tribute. He sounds like such a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you still.

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  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today and in the days and months to come.
    A beautiful tribute.

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  9. I am sorry for the loss. Yet we know that he is now in good hands. Nice story dedicated to a loving family man. I lost my mother last Sept 8, 2010. She had a stroke and on coma for 4 days. She was 81 years old. I took care of my father who succumbed to cancer 11 years ago at age 72. I know how it feels to see the suffering of a loved one. I will pray for emotional healing. Thanks for sharing with us the beautiful story of your lovely family.

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  10. Made me cry again... BUT--I am so glad that Jake loved the Lord with all his heart and he also loves his family... God Bless HIM --and all of you.

    What a wonderful tribute by your son, Ruth.. I know you are proud of Steve. Jake is smiling down --sitting up there with Jesus right now. Praise Be to God.

    Great pictures... My Love and prayers and HUGS are with you, my special friend.
    Much Love,
    Betsy

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  11. Oh, my, Ruth. This is a wonderful tribute, so touching. I'm sure your son is a wonderful person, much like Jake taught him by example. I think there is nothing more important than being a good parent, and Jake was all of that, but also retaining the fun-like and joyful wonderment of a child. Does your son live near? I have been praying for you, I did last night as well, I know this weekend will be hard. Again, my heartfelt condolences.

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  12. What a beautiful tribute and wonderful photos, you are in my prayers today.

    "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him."

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  13. Such heartfelt remembrance and wonderful tribute ... thinking of you on this day.

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  14. Thank you Ruth that in this difficult time you are willing to share with us the memories you will forever hold in your heart. Praising God with you for Jake's life - a godly husband, father, grandfather and friend - a great role model for those who follow. What a deeply meaningful tribute - so warm and full of joy! We do not grieve as those who have no hope!

    Love the photos of the two of you! Hugs and prayer, Karin

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  15. Ruth, that is a beautiful tribute. You and Steve are in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust to life without your precious Jake.

    I am so thankful that he knew the LORD and you have peace about his eternity.

    May you feel the presence of the LORD in a very real and special way and may you feel comfort and peace that passes all understanding.

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  16. I am so sorry to hear about Jake's passing, but he is "home" now with the Lord. I didn't know him, but this is a great tribute to him. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family.

    Kay

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  17. This is a beautiful tribute to Jake and I thank you for sharing it with us.
    I know today was difficult and there will be difficult days ahead. But there will also be happy memories, which I hope you will cherish and share with one another. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  18. It was hard to read all that with tears brimming my eyes. Such a lovely tribute to a truly caring person.
    I wish I had known Jake from more than just his wonderful photos. The smiling picture of him tells so much about thee man himself.

    Thank you so much for sharing this at this very difficult time for you.

    Blessings . . . Arija

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  19. Ruth, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss! I am sure I speak for the whole Manitoba birding community in saying that we will miss seeing both of you together with your cameras! I wish you peace in this difficult time!

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  20. I'm reading this late Ruth and I hope you got through this difficult day feeling the love of the Lord and your friends.

    This is a wonderful tribute from your son. Blessings to you, Diane

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  21. Oh Ruth - your son did an amazing job in writing this. I'm so glad you shared it. I'm so thankful your son is there with you and got to be there when Jake passed as well. I am praying for comfort for your both.

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  22. What a beautiful tribute from a son who dearly loved his Dad. You must be so proud of him.

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  23. Dear Ruth, it sounds as though you shared a life with a warm and wonderful gentleman, one loved by many.

    I am so sorry for your loss, but you will always have a part of him and thankfully, Jake is at peace. Many blessings to you Ruth, and God bless you both.

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  24. That is so beautiful.

    I am so sorry. I know it must be difficult. Just remember that he is going to a better place away from all the trials and tribulations of this earthly life.

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  25. Ruth, I read your post with tears in my eyes and an admiration for a man I never met.
    I pray, and know, that your heavenly Father will walk with you and Steve through this tearfilled valley.
    Your memories are many and beautiful of a life well lived. He isn't so far away and soon we will all be in glory, won't we?

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  26. Ruth, this is the first time I visited your blog and want thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute from your son to his father at the end of his earthly journey. Nothing of what he taught your son will be lost as he has set a firm foundation for your son to stand on. I wish you peace and surrender at this difficult time. JB

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  27. What a wonderful and moving rememberance to your Dad, Steve. He must have been a wonderful and gentle man. I know just by reading your story that you and your Mom will miss him so much. Till you meet again. Take care.
    Becky

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  28. What a beautiful tribute and legacy to pass on! I'm so sorry for your loss! May God's comfort cover you each night that you go to sleep and wake you each morning with new mercies... until that day when He shall wipe away all tears.

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  29. So sorry for your loss Ruth. An amazing tribute from your son, what wonderful memories. May you and your family feel God's peace and comfort at this time.

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  30. I have known about your family so briefly through this blog but my heart and prayers still goes out to you through this difficult time. My prayers are with you.

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  31. Ruth, thanks for sharing with us Steve's great tribute to his dad.
    Wow, you were both blessed to have Jake for a husband and father.

    It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you; it's what you leave behind you when you go.

    What wonderful memories!

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  32. It was a very beautiful funeral Ruth. I pray that the Lord will help you through these quiet and sorrowful times.

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  33. No amount of fame, fortune, or power holds a candle to a man who puts his Lord and Savior, and family above all else. I'm sure that when Jake met his maker he heard something like, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, you have had a most successful earth life. Welcome home!" Thank you for sharing a bit of this wonderful man with us. If only we had more like him, what a different world this would be. Blessings and prayers to you and your family.

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  34. My first time here. You can read the love for his Dad in your son's tribute. Take care during this sad time. Your memories will get you through the tough times.
    Balisha

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  35. Ruth, I am very sorry and know how sad this is for you. I'm glad that you were blessed with many years together and that you know he is safe with the Lord. Steven wrote a beautiful tribute and I get such a wonderful picture of the life that you all had together. Love and hugs and prayers.

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  36. Thank you for sharing the pictures of Jake as well as Steve's tribute. Good-byes are so difficult but how great to know that he is with his Heavenly Father! Praying for you.

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  37. May God bless you and your son as you are missing Jake. I believe that he is in a better place where he whole again, I just wish he were with you and healthy.

    I cannot imagine the pain and sadness that you are feeling, but I wish you peace and understanding. My heart goes out to you and if I were closer, I'd give you a great big hug and cry with you.

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Jake sounded like an amazing husband and father. Surely, he was a beautiful man.

    If there is anything I can do, please don't hesitate to ask.

    ~Monica

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  38. A wonderful and loving tribute by a son for his father. Jake's character and love for God comes shining through - he will be sorely missed but the sorrow is tempered by knowing he has reached his eternal home, where he will wait for his loved ones to join him when they are called.

    Thank you for sharing this Ruth.

    I lost my father-in-law to this same terrible disease 6 years ago - he too loved hunting; maybe they'll meet in heaven !

    May God continue to comfort you in these difficult days.

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  39. Thank you for sharing this. I will be praying for you in the days ahead.

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  40. May he rest in peace with God. Cherish your memories of him and know that you will be with him again.

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  41. My deepest sympathies, Ruth. I will keep you and Jake in my prayers.

    Luc Blanchette

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  42. Such a loving tribute - what a wonderful husband and father! You have my prayers....so sorry to hear of your loss. God bless your family.

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  43. This is a very heart rendering tribute. We need more men like Jake to teach our wee ones.
    You were blessed to have this man as your mate. My prayers are with you during this time of loss.

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  44. Hi Ruth -

    My condolences to you and your family.

    It is so precious to read about the love in your family.

    May the peace of GOD indwell abundantly in this time of sorrow.

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  45. Ruth,

    A wonderful, moving tribute to Jake. Even though I have never met you and Jake in person, I feel like I have know you all my life and I feel your loss so deeply. I think about the situation every day and wish he could still be there with you and in good health.

    Willard

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  46. Ruth I am so sorry that I am late coming to extend my sympathies. I so appreciated reading the tribute from your son and seeing the pictures of your dear Jake.
    I will certainly think of you often during the next few weeks especially as we draw close to Christmas.

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