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Mark Stephen Ryneal

In Memoriam Condolences

Mark Stephen Ryneal In Memoriam
MARK STEPHEN RYNEAL 1970-2013 My Dearest Mark, Today is the second anniversary of your tragic passing. It has been a deeply painful and agonizing two years since you left your mother, your sister Marta and me. When you passed a large part of my life forever died with you. I could never have imagined nor could words ever adequately express the grief and sorrow I have felt these last two years. Except for a few rare occasions, I have visited your grave site every day in the faint but unrealistic hope that God will return you to me, and life would be like it used to be before He took you back home to Heaven. No man could ever have had a finer son than you Mark. You were extremely loving to your family and friends, and your gentle heart, your kind and caring ways, and generosity to others less fortunate are virtues the world has too little of. I know that as your dad you made me and everyone who had the privilege of knowing you better people. As I look back upon your life and all the wonderful times we had together, you so enriched my life and made me forever proud to be your dad. The closeness we had as father and son would be the envy of anyone. I always felt I was your dad first and your older brother second, and that loving relationship I'll always cherish until the day I die. I hope you're happy and safe in Heaven with the Lord, but that doesn't take away from the fact that your magnificent life here with us was all too short. It's that reality that seems so unfair. You deeply impacted the lives of not only your family, but also the countless people who had the honor of knowing you in ways that mere words could never adequately convey. I long for the day that I will see you again in Heaven, and when I do the first thing I'll do is give you a big hug and tell you to your face how much I dearly love you and missed you more than you could ever know. I will never get used to saying "was" when it comes to you, but thankfully I won't have to because you will live on forever in my heart. May God bless you and take care of you until we see each other again. I'll love you for all eternity. Dad.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 9, 2015
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