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Old 06-29-2021, 05:13 PM
74-07 74-07 is offline
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Default Put out my hand and touched the face of God

Salute to a life well lived!
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Old 06-29-2021, 06:57 PM
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Default God bless the Ray family ❤️


We have been friends over 35+ years now. In that time you have always honored and loved your Dad with a deep admiration and respect. Colonel Ray had to have been immensely proud of the man you have become and are to those that love you. We are our fathers sons. I can think of no better thought for you in this time.

Eagles Nest, TX
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Old 06-29-2021, 06:58 PM
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I sympathize, Smokey. I lost my father this year, similar profile. I expect they will share time at Heaven's O-Club, and the stories will be LEGENDARY!

God will be amused, and He needs amusement!

Mike C.
Sierra Nevada
RV-6A bought flying
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Old 06-29-2021, 07:52 PM
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Default So sorry

So sorry for your loss. A life well lived and appreciated by his family. What more can we ask?

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Old 06-29-2021, 08:07 PM
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Default A Poem

Hi Smokey,

What an extreme loss. For times like these I found a poem that helps me. Not sure if it will for you hoping it does help:

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye

Best regards,
Mike Bauer
Mike Bauer
N999SN 1998 Syd Nelson RV-6 (purchased 2017)
UTC -09:00 Alaska
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Old 06-30-2021, 05:47 AM
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Jerry Fischer Jerry Fischer is offline
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Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds- and done a hundred things
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, where never lark or eagle flew
And while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and
touched the face of God
Jerry Fischer KW4F
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Old 06-30-2021, 06:25 AM
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Thanks Smokey

A wonderful tribute to a great Dad

As on old, but younger Nam Vet, I certainly appreciate his service
Marshall Jacobson

"Miss Sue"

RV-8 80749 slow build taildragger
7.5 year build first flight Dec 2005
SOLD at 540 hours and 10 years of FUN
Watkinsville, Georgia
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Old 06-30-2021, 06:39 AM
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Default Dad


Nickel on the grass for your Dad
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"Sure is nice to have smart friends"
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Old 06-30-2021, 10:14 AM
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Smokey, Great Man and a well written tribute to his life well lived! He was definitely part of the Greatest Generation and all of us could live our lives by his example. My deepest sympathy and condolences. Blue Skies! Your Pal, Rascal
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Old 06-30-2021, 10:26 AM
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Fair winds and following seas!

Sorry for your loss
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2019 Bronze Lindy
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