My Dad was born in 1917 in the living room of a house in North Dakota. The wheat waved in the wind and the heat bore down on that simple home on the Rupert Ranch.
The dust bowl rolled in the 30’s, laying the ranch to waste. They sold everything and moved to California, a place of great promise.
Dad entered dental school but withdrew when his father died. He worked to provide for his mother, landing a job putting shingles on subdivision homes. It was a “temporary” job that he kept for 50 years.
He was a roofer by trade, a cowboy at heart and a gentleman by nature. The truth is, I wish I was half the man he was.
His skill, his honesty and his integrity won him many loyal customers and fed our family. His was a simple approach. He rarely hired a crew, choosing instead the lonely road of a dedicated craftsman.
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Advertising? His calling card was an old 1951 Chevy truck with a custom roof over the that he drove down the highway with a ladder strapped to the top. He was famous for that truck and regularly people would pull up at a stoplight, roll down their windows and ask him to come over.
He spoke slow, not wishing for words to complicate a situation that could be resolved with a smile.
He and my mother were married 62 years. They died within a year of each other.
Dad never made a lot of money. But I learned that work wasn’t just about getting ahead. It was about glorifying God through your labor. It was about a High Calling that didn’t have to be articulated, but was lived.
His ethics, his serenity and his faith lives on in his children.
Happy Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Life.