Karen, Dan, Debbie and Family:
Words cannot express the depth of the love and respect that my family had for your Dad, your Mom, and you kids. Your Tribute to your Dad was very well written and very good, and I personally witnessed 100% of the wonderful things that you said about your Dad and Mom. Your Dad was honest, sincere, funny, and he treated everyone with genuine dignity and respect. He and your Mom were well liked and respected by everyone who knew them. The summers we spent fishing and water skiing, and the winters snowmobiling, at Otsego Lake, were wonderful years, full of great memories. Your Uncle John and Aunt Sally, and their children, were also very special to us. We also met both sets of your grandparents, as well as your Uncle Dick and his family, at Otsego Lake and they were all very nice people too. My Dad probably started buying sod from Halmich around the time your Dad moved there in 1964, and our families quickly became good friends, far beyond their business relationship. I worked summers in sodding from 1972-6, and I got to know your Mom and Dad as a "young adult" instead of a child, and they were even more impressive to me as I matured. They had a wonderful, loving marriage, and they adored you kids. They made me want to have a family of my own, and when I married and had children, I took them back to visit your parents, as I wanted to share the joy I took in my own family with your Mom and Dad. I loved working with your Dad, as well as Roy, Al, Mario, Little John and all the guys during that 1972-6 timeframe. They all helped shape a young boy into an honest, hardworking man. I called your Dad after your Mom passed away, and at the end of the call, I thanked him for everything your family had done for us over the years. I told your Dad that I was a hardworking man, and that I never give up, and that he and my Dad, and my summers in the sod business, were where that character was built into me. Your Mom and Dad were absolutely the best, and you were all blessed to have them as parents and grandparents.