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Folks Of Interest R.I.P. Dale R.Mellinger , At rest with his fellow vets.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rob-redm, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. My Dad lost his battle with bladder cancer today.
    He fought the good fight for 7 months. Dad was a
    20 year U.S. Air Force veteran, he served his country
    with pride in Vietnam. Dad taught me everything
    from a work hard attitude, to what I know about cars.
    I will miss him very much. Please keep him in your
    thoughts and prayers. I'm sure he is smiling down on
    us right now from the big golf course above. I love you Dad !

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  2. Prayers for you and your family. I'm sorry for your loss.
  3. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Praying for you bud. I know how hard that is but you've got it right. He IS looking down and smiling, proud of you. I'm sorry to hear that.
  4. scott 351 wins
    Joined: Dec 22, 2009
    Posts: 434

    scott 351 wins

    Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing, I want to thank your Dad for his service during The Veitnam War. Prayer's sent to your family and friends.

  5. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    This is never easy...RIP
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    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,617


    So sorry about the loss of your dad. God bless you and your family.
  7. monkeywrenching
    Joined: Feb 14, 2007
    Posts: 299

    from maryland

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
  8. 91whitestang
    Joined: Oct 6, 2009
    Posts: 232

    from Wisconsin

    Sorry to hear about your families lost. Prayers sent.
  9. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,153

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers out for your family
  10. Thank you all for the kind words. It really means a lot. Dad was a fighter
    all the way to the end. Though the cancer took its toll
    on his body. I could see his strength in his eyes and feel it from the grip of
    his hand. God bless Dad
  11. Louie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 661

    from NJ

    sorry for your loss...
  12. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,594

    ems customer service

    sorry for the loss, it not easy when this happens
  13. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    Condolences and prayers sent. I know how you feel.
  14. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    Sorry for your loss and God bless you father and thanks to him for his service to our country.
  15. KJSR
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 2,485

    from Utah
    1. Utah HAMBers

    Sorry for your loss man.......
  16. Sorry for your loss,,just try to remember the good times. HRP
  17. Plenty of good times for sure. Some of the best when my brother and I
    were young. When not on duty with the Air Force, dad made extra
    money at the local Texaco Station at Dower Road & Steilacoom Blvd
    in Lakewood for the family. We would ride are bikes up and watch him
    fix cars. He would give us things from the scrap heap to take apart.
    Never put those things back together. But we had lots of fun !
  18. Prayers for you and family
  19. Very sorry for your loss ....
  20. dad-bud
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 3,884


    Very sorry to hear your news - cherish the good things you remember about him. It sounds like you guys were real close
    There are a lot of good people waiting 'on the other side' - we'll all get there one day but there's no rush, 'cause they'll just be waitin' there for us.
  21. May God ease your families pain. Hold the good memories close to your heart.
  22. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,620


    Sorry for your loss.
  23. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,732

    Jalopy Joker

    Sincere sympathy goes out to you, and the rest of his Family & Friends.
  24. RIP. "Old soldiers never died ,they just fade away"......... quote General Douglas MacArthur
  25. Didn't get that last ride in the 35 for Dad . Dad was just to sick. May
    need to take a drive for him. He always was happy seeing my old
    cars when I came to visit. Dad was a avid Harley and Indian rider in
    his younger days with the Air Force. He rode some British bikes, while stationed
    in Germany. One great story he told was when the rear cylinder
    of his Harley blew. Being on leave he pushed the bike to the local
    wrecking yard. To prevent being AWOL, the local yard owner gave Dad enough
    money for bus fair back to his air base three states away.
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  26. beauishere
    Joined: Mar 17, 2004
    Posts: 607


    Sorry for your loss.
  27. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,555


    I had this poem sent to me today and after reading of the passing of your Father I thought it was appropriate here for and you and all the others to read. May God Bless your Dad and grant you the strength to go on with his memory in your hart!

    A Poem You Won't Soon Forget..

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    Ol Joe was getting old and paunchy
    And his hair was falling fast,
    He sat around the Legion,
    Telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    Of his exploits with his buddies,
    They were heroes, every one.

    And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew whereof he spoke.

    But we'll hear his tales no longer,
    For ol' Joe has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer
    For a Soldier died today.

    He won't be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won't note his passing,
    'Tho a Soldier died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories
    From the time that they were young
    But the passing of a Soldier
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Some jerk who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician's stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Soldier,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,

    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Soldier
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Soldier,
    Who would fight until the end.

    He was just a common Soldier,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his likes again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Soldier's part
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he's here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let's give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline
    In the paper that might say:


    Pass On The Patriotism! YOU can make a difference.

    If you are proud of our Vets, then send this to them.

    God Bless America
    And those that protect her..


  28. Beautiful poem, thank you so much.
  29. 40fordtudor
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,503


    So sorry for your loss----cherish the memories.
  30. 55chevy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 282


    Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of USA Veteran DaleR.Mellinger, as well as our heartfelt condolences to everyone who knew this American hero. We are so thankful for his dedication and service to us and his country.

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