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David Allen Rochester Jr. Obituary
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June 17, 2013
I wanted to add a postscript to my early posting, after attending the memorial service for Dave. Among the many things that moved me, was the realization, that while most of us only experienced a small aspect of Dave's life, whether it was through the Bonsai Club, at church, home or as friends, the one constant in those varied experiences was that we all saw the same kindness, authenticity, regard for human life and compassion. It made me appreciate the most important thing we have, which is love and integrity. In the end, though there may be many sides to the diamond, and we may each see different colors, what is unmistakable is the strength, purity and brilliance of the stone, which is what Dave was to all of us who knew him.
June 17, 2013
I have thought of little else since hearing the devastating news, and my thoughts and prayers have been with you all -- and our faith transforms this devastation to anticipation of the time when we meet again. Love and hugs from Elfriede
June 17, 2013
The family spent Sunday afternoon (Father's Day) reading the cards and guest book and reminiscing about Dave's life, love and songs.

We are all so thankful and grateful for each one of you. Thank you to all of you for blessing us in so many ways. You have surrounded us with your love and support, your prayers, hugs, and shared tears, as well as your calls, flowers, gifts, cards, messages, posts, pictures, and music. We wish we could thank you all one-by-one.

Thank you for blessing us with your stories of love and loss from your own lives as well as sharing with us either in person or in spirit as we celebrated and memorialized Dave's life. It so helps to know we're not alone.

We were deeply moved by the number of people Dave touched with his life and songs. What a blessing that so many were able to come in person to his memorial and celebration of life. We felt surrounded by your love and came away with joy in our sure and certain hope of the resurrection through the work Jesus did by dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the grave on the third day. If you haven't made a decision to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, in honor of Dave, don't put that decision off any longer.

For those who weren't at the service, the celebration was videotaped and we hope to offer an opportunity for others to view the video of the service and see the powerpoint of pictures with Calvary Mountain Boys music that was played at the end of the service.

We are looking forward to hearing more stories and memories from friends and loved ones about Dave (aka Big Dave, Dave Jr, Roach, Davy, Daddy, Grand-daddy, et.al.)

A special thank you for all of the beautiful flower arrangements and a little story. I met a widow lady at Singing Hills Memorial Park who was laying flowers on her husband's grave as we were preparing to start the graveside service. She said she was sorry for my loss and had to tell me about the pepper she brings with her to the Park.

She said the groundskeeper told her to put pepper on the flowers to keep the deers from eating them. This kind lady was sharing in our loss and wanted the rest of the family to know about putting pepper on the flowers.

So, yesterday as the family was all together, I told the story of the ‘pepper' lady. In Bonny's (Dave's wife) sweet way she said, “Dave liked deer.” She thought he wouldn't mind if they ate the flowers. I'm sure the deers had a wonderful feast Saturday night.

Thank you again for your love, prayers and support of our extended family and joining with us in our sure and certain hope of eternity in heaven. As Dave's song Pilgram says, we are all pilgrams just passing through this land with our suitcase in our hand.

In Christian Love, Because He Lives We Can Face Tomorrow,

Wendy along with the Rochester family: Dave Sr and Barb, Bonny, Jacob, Ben & Rosie (Warren & Lily), Amy and Jessica.
June 16, 2013
Offering sincere condolences. May your family find comfort in Psalms 65:2
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