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1953 - 2000 |  Obituary | Condolences
John Michael Bannister Obituary
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December 14, 2000
I miss you dad,you always let me do lots of things.I miss the French Fries you cooked.I remember when I was in preschool and you let me cut school to go to work with you.Grandma has lots of pictures of me in the wheel barrel and you pushing me in the yard.I miss going places with you in the truck.I miss sitting on Grandma's front porch with you and Grandma.I wish I could hear you say,Come hear my little man.I can't live without my kiss and hug.
December 10, 2000
thank you God for letting our lives cross. thank you for mike and his precious family. you promised never to leave us alone. thank you for the comforter when we feel lonely for mike s presence but we know that he is eternally with you. we love you mike and thank you Father for your love.
November 9, 2000
Dearest Mike,

For my whole childhood you have been so VERY sick. And for a long time, out of annoyance I stayed away from you. Hoping you'd "get better." Because, as a child I thought- "That" was how things worked. And then one day, (as an adult) G-ma Sue convinced me there is nothing to be afraid of and that ALL WE have IS FAMILY!

She also told me that sick people need WELL people too. To give them hope ,inspiration and quality of life. I was cautious and g-ma was right!

Because that very day, timidly I sung some of YOUR favorite songs , and WE talked about when YOU and Kim 1st met and when YOU bought my brother that Go-cart. It was candy-apple RED and would fly (in it's time) And how YOU enjoyed seeing me and Jimmy getting in trouble with it ! We really had "a moment" and it was So special to me! And I think "that moment" was special for you too.

It was a wonderful day!

And after all my fears and anxiety subsided In "that moment" I grew up! I came away singing to you and the light in your eyes just moved me beyond words! Thank You ! I was enlightened by YOU !

And whether YOU know it or not YOU helped me Grow-up in that "moment" and realize what life IS all about! And I just want to Thank You again ! Thank You for strength and knowledge and an appreciation for life.

I will cherish "OUR MOMENT" for the rest of my life. and I love you Mike, Donna Jean and I thank you too grandma for helping me appreciate a wonderful life and an inspirational man, my uncle, MIKE !

ILOVE YOU !

and Mike YOU WILL be missed! God speed and God bless!
November 8, 2000
One of my favorite memories is when you were 3 years old and went to a Girl Scout talent show with me one night. I helped you climb up on a chair and you sang: "A fawwen tah, dat's what you ahh. Da twinkaw in yo eye came fwom da sky. You must have stwayed fwom da milky way. A fawwen tah, dat's what you ahh." That's what you were. I hate that you had to be so sick for so long and had to suffer so. I hate that you were so lonely at the end. I hate that you ever felt that you didn't have anything to offer anybody. It hurt me to hear you say that. But it was never ever true. As your cousin Kathy said, you were "one of the most loving people I've ever known." your sister
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