Another sad goodbye

A week ago we got a call that I was NOT ready for! Our dear friend Ed, had passed away! He had been doing ok but then got pneumonia and died sooo quickly!

Here is a picture of Kent visiting Ed this summer. Because of Covid-19 we could only visit through a window screen. We were able to take an ice cream treat for his birthday.

When we left Washington, we would call him each Sunday. Two weeks ago he seemed ok and quite talkative and interested in life! So when I couldn’t reach him on the phone this past Sunday, I contacted his family. That is when we found out he had pneumonia and was on oxygen. I was very concerned but had no way to call him… then he passed on Tuesday. It was a sad day for me and for our family! We will miss Ed on this earth! He was like a father and grandfather to us! Sigh😢

A little History. Ed, was someone that Kent has known for 60 years! When Kent was 10 years old, Ed was his Sunday School teacher. Ed and his wife Goldie were never able to have children and so they adopted other people into their lives. We were privileged to be one family that they adopted! They prayed for our family every day! That was such a blessing and privilege!

Our relationship got even closer when Ed decided to go on our team to Mali, W. Africa in 1993. Our team helped to build a church and Ed also built cabinets in a missionary’s house. He was a wonderful addition to our team!

Ed with Kara and Josh in Mali, W. Africa in 1993

He was a terrific cabinet builder and overall contractor! In these last years he sometimes would show us some of the things he had done, like a deck here and remodeling there, and totally rebuilding their house.

Ed and Goldie came to see our family in Pennsylvania in 1992 and also in Missouri in 1998. Kent and I met up with Ed and Goldie several times on short trips in recent years. They came to see us in Spokane, WA and the four of us all went to Banff National Park together. That was really special! We would always spend time with them when we came to see Kent’s parents as they all live in the same area!

Pictures from our times with Ed and one of Goldie and Ed by her side!

As Goldie got older she was declining! Her memory got so bad and then worse as she was falling all the time! Eventually she went to live in a home for people with memory issues! It was terribly hard on Ed, to give up caring for her but it was so physically and emotionally demanding that Ed lost so much weight and his health was jeopardized too! So he would go to visit her at least three times a week. As she stopped communicating he still would visit. He was such an example of love and godly commitments to all who knew him!

Last winter, Ed fell in his home and after hospitalization and rehab went to live with Goldie in the same facility and even the same room! It was extremely difficult for him to not have the freedom to get out and do more. But he gradually grew stronger and was able to walk around the facility and even stand alone. It was so fun to be with him and see how he improved.

He even bought a new iPad and we were giving him lessons through the window of his facility. He was learning and asked questions about things he was doing on the iPad, his mind was still very alert! He challenged us, as he took life challenges in his stride and God was still teaching him things! He would talk to us about his pastor’s last sermon.

Ed was such an encouragement to anyone who knew him! I do know I will see him in heaven someday! And I know he is no longer encumbered with the worries of this world! He is at peace with the Lord he loved and served! But Ed, I MISS YOU ALREADY!

Lovingly yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: