A Tribute

My father-in-law, Robert Donald McClain, died peacefully in his home on Sunday, August 5. As much as we miss him, we’re glad he no longer has to endure this horrible cancer. We’re comforted in the fact that he didn’t have to suffer through some of the worst indignities colon and liver cancer can bring, and that he got to visit with all six of his children before he gently drifted to sleep. Through it all he held firmly to his faith and, as he always did before he became ill, he had a huge smile and a twinkle in his eye for every visitor. I hope I someday have at least half the grace that he did.

Today my husband and his youngest brother had the most difficult task of trying to appropriately pay tribute to their father in his obituary. It’s so hard to try to capture what an incredible man my father-in-law was and how much he was loved in such a limited medium as an obituary, but, they did a lovely job. You can read what they wrote by clicking below.

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Thank you for all your kind words. Please pray for my husband’s family as they travel from New York, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, and of course, Texas, to lay my father-in-law to rest in Colorado.


Sweet Comments

  1. You and your are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. I’m so sorry for your heartbreaking loss — and will remember you all in my prayers. My pastor once said that he does not hate anyone, but he sure hates cancer. I’m glad you all had the time together at the end.

  3. I know it’s a bittersweet time….sweet because you know he is no longer suffering and that he is at home with his Heavenly Father but difficult because you will miss his presence in your life. He sounds like a wonderful man…what an honour to have been his daughter in law. Praying for all of you.

  4. Our sincere condolances to your entire family. We went thru this with my FIL a few years back & tho it was a relief for the pain to end the pain of missing him will be with you for some time to come. Bless you all at this difficult time.

  5. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the precious memories you have, help you find peace in this most difficult time.

  6. I’m so sorry to hear the news but it was good to read that your father-in-law passed peacefully. My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.

  7. My thoughts and prayers continue with you and your family.

  8. Linda… Hugs to you and your entire family. We too lost a loved one just two short weeks ago so the sadness still lies heavy in our hearts. Take solace in knowing that he was welcomed by all those who preceeded him and have missed him. All our memories keep them alive in our hearts..

  9. Sharon Murray says:

    What beautiful tribute. I know he must have been awfully pround of Tom and the rest of the kids, throughout his life. We are off to Holiday World, but I will try to call you soon.
    Love You!

  10. Your family is in my prayers. How lucky everyone was to be able to say goodbye. 3 years ago my dad died of a pulmonary embolis after knee replacement. He was 62 years old. I was pregnant also. To be able to talk to him again.

  11. So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember your entire family in prayer. Bless you! Kerilou

  13. I am so sorry to hear about this loss. I only found your web site today………came here initially to check out your “mexican tile” card. I found this post and my heart just broke. I lost my grandmother to liver cancer just over 20 years ago now. It is a terrible disease.
    My thoughts go out to your entire family.
    In Tucson

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