In Memory

1963 Kelvin, Leslie, Leora, Laurie, Bruce, KathyMy father, Bruce Emil Egger, passed away last month, on April 8th. Today would have been his 94th birthday. Yesterday, marked 72 years since the eve of his 22nd birthday–and the end of World War II, one of the watershed events of his life. He served with the Yankee Division on the front lines of France and Germany, including during the Battle of the Bulge.

 

He was a man who loved the Lord, his wife, his family, and his country. As a veteran, he deplored war–but he wasn’t a pacifist. He willingly fought to free Europe–and the world–from a fascist regime.

 

After being discharged from the Army, he worked as a smoke jumper, graduated from the University of Idaho, was employed by Eggerfamily1970the Forest Service,  and married my mom. They had four children in five years. I was their youngest.

 

He loved trees, flowers, and gardening. He enjoyed golfing and running. After he retired, he co-authored G Company’s War, an account of his WW II experiences.

 

We honored him and buried him in Prineville, Oregon on April 21, 11 years to the day after we buried our mom. His grandchildren carried his casket. An honor guard saluted him and his military service, from all those years ago.

 

2005-10 Family Portraits; Eggers, 3 generations

I’m very grateful for my father and his years of loving us. He was a good, honorable man. He loved art and a good story, and he always stuck up for those who were disadvantaged.

 

He loved, protected, and provided for his family, and he delighted in his nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Godspeed, one last time.

dad+4

 

 

Save

2 Comments

  1. Melissa Henderson
    May 18, 2017

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing about your father. I love seeing the photos of your family. My father is in Heaven, too, with my Mama. I miss them very much.

  2. Nancy Brown
    May 18, 2017

    You are blessed above measure to have had a dad you loved and who treated you right. What a solid foundation you were given!