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July 11, 2013
I honor you on the 7th year anniversary of your passing.
You died at exactly 8:18 in the morning of July 11th, 2006.
You heard "the owl call your name."
June 27, 2013
Dr. Lence,

I wanted to thank you for the help you provided me back in 1989. You were the academic advisor for me via my fraternity. You had some very tough words for me back then, but I needed to hear them and I've thought fondly of you ever since. I went on to graduate UH and then earned my master's across town at Rice. While I was only one of many students you touched over the years you were the only "Dr. Lence" I ever had. I will see you again someday.

In hoc signo vinces,
May 07, 2013
Happy Birthday!

LaurenS@peta.org
February 01, 2013
Happy 91st birthday to mother Nickie, February 1, 1922.

Love,

Brothers Ross and John
December 20, 2012
Happy Birthday, Ross!

(I told my daughter about this birthday last night, but didn't get online 'til today.)

Memory eternal!
December 19, 2012
Happy Birthday Dr. Lence!
December 19, 2012
As promised I am going to tell the short story of how Dr. Ross was given the nickname "Butch" as a child.

As many of you are aware, "Butch" was born December 19, 1943 in Whitefish, Montana.

Our father Marlo was in the military service stationed in the mid west and was being shipped to mainland Europe during WWII.

Mother Nickie started her new life with little Ross one block from Grandpa and Grandma Lence and next door to two old sisters from the true wild west, Minnie and Bid.

The sisters were born circa 1870 in Idaho and were raised by their father who owned a saloon and gambling house post Civil War in Idaho.

Minnie was named after the "little minnie" which in the original Book of Hoyle was the 2nd highest straight in "draw poker" (ace through 5) and the highest hand in "low Ball" poker.

Bid was named after the opening play or "bid" in poker.

The sisters were Ross' first and only babysitters.

Our mother Nickie wanted to protect Ross raising him alone with a father in Europe and not knowing when, or if, Marlo would return from WWII. She asked Minnie and Bid for advice and they said to give him a tough name to grow up with as a moniker. Falling back on their days growing up in a saloon and gambling house in the wild west after the Civil War the "tough name" the sisters advised was "Butch."

Our mother agreed and hench Ross was called "Butch" by all who knew him well. Grandma Lence called him "Butchie."

Incidentally, these two elderly sisters taught Ross (and later me) how to play poker by the time we were 3 years old and how to mark cards by the time we were four.

My God, could Brother Butch play poker well as a kid with his phenomenal memory and math skills.

He was ruthless in his weekly quests for our allowances.
December 19, 2012
Happy 69th birthday, Brother Ross.
We will never forget you.
December 19, 1943-July 11, 2006.
Brother John
July 12, 2012
I still miss you, Ross!!!!!

I'm teaching Government this week and thinking of you. Quoting you lots too! =)
July 11, 2012
Today, July 11th, 2012, marks the 6th year since your passing, Brother Ross.
It seems like yesterday.
Between now and your 69th birthday, December 19, 2012, I will tell your friends how you received the nickname "Butch." It is quite an interesting and little known past of yours that I want to share with your loved ones.
God bless you, Brother. Say hello to Mom and Dad for me.
Love,
John

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