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A Gentle Giant was promoted!

July 20, 2012

What is a gentle giant you ask?  Is he or she like the Jolly Green Giant we used to see on Television?  Is it someone standing 7 feet tall?

When I grew up, our parents were of strong moral fiber and character.  They stood strong and proud for their love of country and their faith. They did not have to explain their character, or morals; they lived it and showed it by way of their actions.  A simple act of kindness and service was expected and not the exception.  Some have the ability to serve without lifting a finger, some serve humbly and anonymously.  These are the gentle giants who seem to be few and far away as we drift into a society full of disagreement, self service and bitterness, arguing over the smallest things while forgetting who we are and where we came from. 

For years our community was blessed by a gentle giant who served silently, faithfully and selfishly.   This gentle giant loved the Lord and truly followed him by his humble and often anonymous actions.  Accepting you for who you were and where you where in your life and offering the shirt off his back, if needed.   

Richard Andersen devoted the last part of his fulfilling life by serving the homeless in our community.   Through the Andersen’s efforts, this community now has a functional and permanent facility to help shelter the homeless in the winter.   As a result, this shelter will continue to serve our community and provide a much needed service.

I did not know Richard all that well; however, I knew without dispute what kind of man he was by his actions and selfless service.   I am told that on Thursday, July 19th that Richard Andersen peacefully passed on to be with the Lord and that the Lord will say:   Job well done Richard!

If you knew Richard we welcome your comments.  He will truly be missed. 

Art Markners

 

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