Daily Archives: April 12, 2014


Well then. Saturday is over.

What a bittersweet day this has been!

At noon today, I left for Adrian, my mother’s hometown two counties south of Kansas City, for the funeral and burial of Esther Marie Summers. At some point in the next few days I will write more, and post the eulogy I delivered this afternoon, but for the moment, this is still to close.

Karen Carter, Angela and Marie Blocher, me.
Karen Carter, Angela and Marie Blocher, me.

I was delighted to see a first cousin, Angela Blocher, who I have not seen in thirty years or so. She is the daughter of my Uncle Edwin (Mom’s brother). Angela and her mother made the trip from Texas to see off Aunt Esther. After the burial, I took Angela to see the graves of some of our common ancestors, going back as far as a great-great-great-grandmother Gutshall who died in the early 1900s.

After driving back to Lee’s Summit and resting for a bit, I went with my family to Lee’s Summit High School, where this evening I was inducted into the LSHS Hall of Fame. This dinner and ceremony were an absolute antidote to the sadder emotions of earlier in the day.

My boyhood friend Tom Flint was my plus-one this evening. He knows my family well, and we had a great dinner before the ceremonials began. Pop and Jo, Karen and Debbie, Beth and Robert – all were present.

I’ll write more about the induction, and post more pictures, later in the week. For now, here’s a taste of the evening: