About a month ago, on August 8th, my family was shocked by the sudden loss of Kim’s father.  In addition to being extremely busy with moving and helping Kim’s mom take care of the many, many things that Warner always took care of for us, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to post about this.  It’s very hard and very personal, but I think that not saying anything about it here would be worse.

Lots of great things have been said about Warner and his very full life.  It is true that he lived a happy and full life -- probably more full than anyone else I know -- and we know that because he was born again, he is now with the Lord.  We also know that God’s timing is correct.  Still, right now it’s hard to focus on anything but the fact that he’s not here with us, and it’s hard not to think that his life was cut short.  I always unconsciously assumed that there would be many more long hikes and fun trips with my father-in-law.

I only knew Warner for about 2 years, and I am hurting a lot now, so I can only imagine what Kim, her mom, and Travis are going through.  You didn’t have to spend much time with Warner to see that he was a great dad and a great husband.  But if you did spend any considerable amount of time with him, you realized that he was just a great person period.  He was unquestionably one of the greatest men I have ever known, and quite possibly the single greatest.  He was a role model, an inspiration, and a friend to me, and I miss him.

Posted by Anthony on 4 replies


01. Sep 9, 2006 at 09:14pm by Heidi:

Anthony and Kim,
We are still praying for you and your family as you grieve this deep loss - -
I can only imagine what the pain is like to lose a parent.  It seems as if the pain must be much deeper because Warner was such a great dad and husband. 
Life is so short - - I am glad that Warner was able to accomplish so many things and that he left such a great testimony to all that knew him. 
We love you guys.
Heidi, Brian, Cailin and Erin.

02. Sep 10, 2006 at 10:29am by Nanz:

I happened upon your website doing a search for Rabbit Ears Pass because my husband & I just drove the pass but could not see the ears for the clouds so thanks for the picture. I am sorry to hear of you & your wife’s loss. The purpose of my trip to Colorado was to return my mom’s ashes to the most beautiful place on earth. I grew up in SW Co. It is very hard to deal with loss of a parent even when you think you are prepared. A sudden loss must be devastating & my prayers are with your wife. We rejoice too that mom like your father-in-law is with the Lord. In His name- N.

03. Sep 12, 2006 at 11:02am by Anthony:

Thank you both for your comments and your prayers.

04. Sep 14, 2006 at 11:45am by mom:


It breaks my heart to see the pain you and Kim are going through.  Warner has left such a giant empty space in your lives that will take a long time to fill.  I don’t have all the right words to say but I pray for you and all of Kim’s family that you are comforted by God’s grace and blessings.


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