~ February 1, 2016
February 7, 2016
February 7, 2016
We were moving slowly today. We thought we were going to meet with our attorney, Doug Whipple, about some legal matters, but the papers didn't get finished.
I had an appointment this afternoon with Kyli Peterson, the Burley Hospital dietitician to go over the diabetic information on foods. There are several plans, I chose the portion plan--veggies, fruits, protein........
Then we went to the viewing of Kent Lyons. He is one of the few master builders in Burley. He built the home we have lived in for 44 1/2 years. The original owners were transferred from Boise Cascade three years after they had Kent build their home. We bought it in 1971, and had it remodeled a little and added on to 7 years later.
He had built his casket and a matching one for his wife, Kathleen. The workmanship is exquisite!
Kent passed away on Wednesday, January 27 in Pocatello at age 88 from complications following surgery. He loved the Navajos and their artistry so had two small Navajo blankets placed beside him in the casket.
I thought it was so touching that they had his work boots in the display of his special possessions.
They also had some of his favorite paintings. I think this is one of the places he had enjoyed traveling to.
This set of architect drawings represented the many buildings he had built. His son Warren said in the funeral the next day that he had asked his Dad to make a list of all the homes and businesses he had built. Kent thought it sounded too "obituary-ish" and never made the list.
A few of the places he built that were mentioned were Dr. Terhune's home on the river, Max Craner's home, the Dairy Queen, and Price's Cafe.
Here are some of Kent's favorite books and records of classic music--Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, etc.
"Bach gave us God's Word. Mozart gave us God's Laughter. Beethoven gave us God's Fire. God gave us Music that we might pray without words." --from a German Opera House.
Here are Kent and Kathleen--either when they were dating or early in their marriage. I often wondered if Kent knew how handsome he was, and what a charming smile he had. I don't think so. His brother mentioned in his talk at the funeral that Kent was a man without guile.
Here is a recent photo of them. They still look young in their 80's!
Here is the family photo with their five children and spouses, 15 grandchildren and __ great grandchildren.
F A M I L I E S A R E F O R E V E RIn the slide show there was one of Kent and two of his workers on the porch of the home we're living in. His son and grandsons mentioned in the funeral that everything he built was done with exactness: square, level, and plumb!
And head taught his children: "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
It was cold when we came out of the viewing, but Walt let me hurry and snap this picture of him. Walt and I have said "goodbye from this earthly life" to another dear friend.
February 2, 2016 - Tuesday
We were happy that the Lyons family had a sunny day for the funeral.
Some quotes at the funeral were...from his son, Warren, in the Life Sketch:
"My Dad was just worn out."
My Dad said he loved being a builder because he could step back at the end of the day and see the progress.
He didn't scold me when I told him I didn't want to be a builder--which would have made 4 generations of builders in the family. He told me to pursue my dream.
My Dad was spontaneous. He would come home from work and say: "Let's drive up to Lake Cleveland to go fishing and roast some hot dogs."
He loved to hike and was like a Billy goat climbing up mountains. He knew the name of every rock. He passed his love of nature on to his kids and grandkids.
He loved classical music, operas, music of the masters--Beethoven, Bach, Mozart....
We decorated our Christmas tree to ♫♪ Zorba, the Greek♪♫.
Show up every day.
Love your fellowman and discern if they need a helping hand.
Whether building a house or a life, you didn't need to hear my Dad speak, just watch what he did.
He did some building for me when I was remodeling my old house in Draper. He built some beautiful cabinets and brought them down from Burley. When he finished doing so much work on my house, I handed him $500. He refused to take it. So I gave it to Grama without him knowing and told her it was for them to do something fun they've been wanting to do. This was in November.
On Christmas morning there was an envelope from them, with a note from Grandpa. I kept $100 for the cost of the supplies, and with the other $400 I bought goats for a family in Africa. He knew that if he gave back the money to me, I'd just find another way to give return it to him.
Grandson, Michael: Last summer we were together on the Oregon coast that he loved. He had a great sense of humor. He always supported me. He would ride with me in my old, old car that I called a "rusty bucket of bolts."
February 3, 2016 - Wednesday
♫♪Wednesday is a special day, it's when to the temple we are on our way!♪♫
♫♪...because guess who, with whom we rendezvous?♫♪
...our, brother and sisters that's who!♪♫
♫♪ and Dale and Connie had names for us to do.
It was my turn to choose where to go eat, so I chose Mexican food at LaCasita's.
It's just across the South Bridge, (way back when the "Singing Bridge," then first turn to the right.
"La Casita" means "little house."
It's the best kept secret in Twin Falls for delicious, inexpensive South-of-the-Border cuisine.
Since we were already so far south, we chose to take the old Highway 30 back to Burley. Before we got to the open road, we passed the "Shake Out" drive inn and couldn't resist seeing if their milkshakes are as delicious as always...they are. We just got small ones...
We drove by Burley High School just as the buses had pulled in. It was exciting to see the beehive of activity of the teens everywhere .
February 4, 2016 - Thursday
Walt is working on our budget. The look on his face indicates why he majored in medicine and not in bookkeeping.
In the evening we went to Lex Kunau's viewing. He was 94 and passed away from complications with pneumonia. He was an outstanding businessman in Burley.
His wood casket was very beautiful.
"Skiing was very high on Lex's list of favorites. His affiliation with the ski schools at both Pomerelle and Sun Valley ski resots went on for decades."
His ski boots, skis, and poles were uniquely displayed in this flower arrangement.
Here are just a few of the many floral arrangements that were sent to show the deep love and gratitude so many have for this gentle giant of a man! Lex is survived by his wife Celia of 68 years, his three daughters, and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Anne.
February 5, 2016 - Friday
Seems like we had a funeral every week in January, and now in February, this is the second funeral this week.
We went to the funeral for Lex Kunau this morning. The Methodist Church is a beautiful building. Walt commented that all the good things said about Lex were absolutely true.
Don Dean gave a great Eulogy.
The printed program had thirteen photos, so I told Walt we could put thirteen photos in his funeral program.
"I don't need any photos in my program," he replied.
He and his wife, Celia Moorman, were married in Burley on November 30, 1947. Last November they celebrated 68 years together.
Here's the printed funeral service program. Jeff Rasmussen accompanied Rob Newman for his two vocal solos. Kevin Allred accompanied himself on the guitar.
Everything was done very well.
Lex and Celia were faithful members of the Burley United Methodist Church.
Lex started skiing at age 15 and skied for the next 70 years, until age 85, from 1936 to 2006. He would have seen a lot of changes in ski equipment during that time.
"Another of the significant contributions of Lex was aiding in the procurement and development of boat marinas on local waterways, which resulted in the naming of the Lex Kunau Park on the Snake River in his honor."
And one of my favorite photos in the printed program is the one of Lex standing in the middle of Jim Roper on the left, and Lex's younger brother Glen (3 years younger Glen told us Thursday night at the viewing) in their sailor suits as young boys.
Walt needed to go pick up an antibiotic at the pharmacy so we didn't go to the cemetery for the Vault Interment at the Pleasant View Cemetery.
I didn't get a photo of Walt until he had undone his tie, but I like this casual photo of him.
Walt took a photo of me as I was leaving for a haircut appointment with Jenny after the funeral.
I didn't remember to get an "after the haircut" photo until that evening, so I put my jacket on over my pajamas.
Arnold George Albertson
Dec. 8, 1912-Feb. 6, 1982
34 Years ago
Still miss you, Dad.
Arnold, 1946 - Just after World War II - back from building ships at the Long Beach, California Ship Yards. Age 34
(I was just learning how to scan when I put this photo in, so I didn't get it cropped correctly, and the margins are wierd.)
June 1962 Arnold-age 49; Verna 42; Eileen, age 23; Janice, age 13.
Eileen and Walt 1st Wedding anniversary - home in Gooding, Idaho, from St. Louis where Walt had just finished his 3rd year of medical school.
Arnold and Verna -
September 1962 - 25th Wedding AnniversaryArnold - 1967 Last ten years of employment - He was the head carpenter for Tupper Ware in Jerome, Idaho. He retired at age 65 in 1977. His hair never did go grey.
We watched the Republican Debate tonight. When the debates end, Walt always asks: "Who are you voting for?"And my answer is always: "I don't know."
I like what Kirt said: "Maybe there will be no majority at the Republican Convention, and they will have to ask Mitt Romney to step in and save the day."
Walt had folded some clothes during the debate and this is how I found him when I came back from checking something in the office den just as the debate ended. I think he was stir crazy. He'd only gotten outside for a few minutes today to bring in the mail.
He did remember to take his cane today when he walked out to the mailbox. He caught the UTI early enough this time that the antibiotic has knocked the infection before it got bad like the three times before when he's been hospitalized because of it.
February 7, 2016 - Sunday - Fast Sunday