July 26, 2021 11:36 AM
Few in this life engage themselves in service. Today I honor you for so many reasons….
Growing up, Larry Dub and I loved being with all of you whenever we visited Colorado. You, your bigger than life dad, (Uncle Milt)., your precious mom (Aunt Polly), your cherished big sister, (Candi), and your brothers were a part of our world that ALWAYS made us happy and smile. 😊 All of the memories are thankfully part of me, and I know are still part of Larry Dub in heaven, and will be forever.
Your mom & Candi were important examples to me, of how to be a fun loving mother and big sister. I watched them, and how they were with Marty, Matt, Mark and you. (Mike was older and not living at home then.) I would visit Candi after she got married and had children, and became a grandma.. She was a mama and grandma just like your mama. I learned from both of them and my sweet mama, your Aunt Betty, how to be a loving good, fun mama and grama. I still strive to be like them.
Both, your mom and Candi were, and I know still are extremely proud of you. The night before Candi returned home to heaven, I was able to go to the hospital and tell her I loved her and thank her for her wonderful example and influence.
I loved my one on one visits with your mom through the years. I loved taking my children to get spoiled by her with her mixed honey/peanut butter sandwiches, her yummy snacks, her hugs, kisses, her beautiful smile, and her heart to heart love. 💖 My children are all grown now, but they all remember, and they love their Aunt Polly forever.
Through the years, she honestly would beam when I asked how you were doing, though many times she had no idea where the mission you were on had taken you. She was (is) the epitome of a dedicated mama who loved (loves) her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She taught all of us so well.
One of the last visits I had with her was at the hospital. That visit is priceless to me, like my last visit with Candi, because I was able to thank them both for being exactly who they were. I was blessed to be able to express to my cherished aunt & cherished cousin how much I love them, how much we all loved them in my family. My dad (Uncle Larry) has always said your mom was one of his most favorite and loved people in his whole life. Yeah, I’m crying now.
I never was able to tell you how proud I was of you, and how I loved you like a little brother. So, I am humble for this opportunity to share my thoughts, feelings and heart with you now.
Monty, you chose to serve our country, to fight for freedom, 🇺🇸 My heart is filled with deep gratitude for your selfless service. I cannot fathom the dangers you faced as you put yourself in harms way, or how many times you answered the call to do so. You are a noble son of God, and I want you to know that I have always been, and forever will be proud of you. I love you ‘little’ cousin of mine; I love you forever and for always….
I know you are with your dad, mom and sister! Oh, how proud they are of you! I know grampa, grama, Larry Dub, and ALL of our heavenly family were there to greet you with hugs and love. I know you have been in the arms of Jesus.
May you forever be blessed, Monty, for the life you lived on this earth, and the amazing legacy you have blessed this world with through your sons.
Give everyone a big hug from me, Sweetheart. I’m sending you one now. ♥️