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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:00 am

Well folks, Father’s Day is this Sunday. Once again we will celebrate those special guys who have made our lives so much better. Fifty years ago on June 11, I returned home from my final day at Brainerd Community College to find that my dad had passed away that morning. He was 65, younger than I am now, but the years had been tough on him and his health was not good.

He had decided he couldn’t fight his issues anymore. It was a rough time for all of us but we got through it. We have lots of great memories. He grew up on the streets of Aitkin since his dad ran a saloon for a time. He spent a lot of evenings racking pool balls for the locals for a little spending money. He was also one of the first projectionists at the Rialto Theater.

Later on he was the caretaker at Lakeview Cemetery and I spent a lot of hours mowing grass around the gravestones and monuments. He also loved to garden and they planted a huge one on the south side of the house. That provided a nice area for Zimmy and I to chip over on our homemade golf course.

“Pa,” as we all called him, wasn’t a big sports fan. I can’t remember him attending any of my sports activities, but I know he was interested because he always asked how we did. He loved watching sports with my mom and cheering against whoever she was cheering for. He hated the Yankees and loved the Packers, (the Vikings weren’t an NFL team yet).

He loved my mother and in later years depended on her to run things around the house. Okay, who am I kidding? Don’t all mothers do that. She was the boss and he knew it. He also knew that Rick and I had snuck some of his gin and replaced it with water. Boy, we were dumb back then.

I still miss him every day. I’m sorry he never got to meet Barb or Aaron, or got to see how life has treated us. I hope you have your father to celebrate with this Sunday. If you do, treat him right. He’s the only one you will ever have. Happy Father’s Day!

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