Because of the season, I could not get away until the VERY day that This critical thing occurred.
(The Lord, always in control....)
The man my mom had spent the last 33 years of her life with was dying.
mom and coony bear (Lee)I left Indiana on Thursday morning at 5am, went to Chicago, then to Dallas/Fort worth and finally arrived in Austin at about 2 in the afternoon.
Each time the planes would land, I would check in.
The last call I made from DFW, I was told that they were now waiting for me...the machines were being turned off.
coony bear with my two children...Justin and April
I landed and was taken directly to the Hospital, 1 hour later they removed the ventilator and started cutting back on meds. Lee never regained consciousness. He struggled with his every breathe and left this world 3 hours after they removed him from the equipment.
This has been the hardest thing I have had to do ...almost ever!
You see, What I haven't told you is that only recently have I been working on having any type of relationship with my mom or Lee.
He was always a grandfather tto my children...
for that I am beyond words grateful...
I just was not ever in the picture.
This trip here to Texas has been hard in so many ways...but I am glad I made the trip.
Lee and April Lea...my daughter
In about an hour...we will leave for the viewing. And tomorrow the full-on military funeral.
the funeral had to be delayed due to the fact that he's being buried at Fort Hood.
And the tragedy there left many to be buried at the same time.
I know this is a different type of post than you are accustomed...Please forgive me.
I had alot of stuff pinned up inside of me and I guess I needed to share it with my closest friends...you.
My rock and my lifeline is not here to get me through all of this.
So please...keep me in your prayers.
I love all of you and can't wait to get home, back to blogland to see what's been going on in my absence.
I wish everyone a blessed week...donna
Here is Lee's Obituary
Leland G. Coon Master Sergeant U.S. Air Force Retired (1962 - 1982) Master Sergeant Leland G. Coon, United States, Air Force, Retired (1962 - 1982) passed away on November 12, 2009, in Round Rock, Texas. He was born on January 17, 1942 to Willis Glenn and Rowena Leone Coon in Jackson, Michigan. Leland was survived by his loving life partner, Patsy Widup; children, Cathy Coon; grandchildren, Cody Glenn Coon, April Lea Starnes and Justin Forrer. Master Sergeant Leland Coon passed away from Lymphoma caused by Agent Orange from service in Vietnam. Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at 1:00 p.m., at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.