Early Monday morning, my father-in-law lost his battle with lung cancer.
It’s been a rough week for our family. This is my first real, close-to-home experience with grief and I was not prepared for how debilitating it would be. The first couple days were very difficult and I found myself full of regret. I wished I had of spent less time working and more time with him. There were so many projects that we said we’d complete, but never did. I was stricken with sadness over the lack of priority I placed on my time with him.
It’s now been three days and the shock has settled a bit. We’re trying to focus on getting the memorial service organized for this evening. I don’t have much more to say this morning, but I thought I would cut and paste the memorial into this post for those who may be interested. Thank you to everyone who has been lifting our family up in prayer.
Delbert “Dale” Aldridge (1947-2011)
“Delbert “Dale” Aldridge, who was born & raised in Oklahoma and lived in Nikiski for the past 26 years died Monday, Aug. 1 at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage of lung cancer. Aldridge was 64. Services will be hosted at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at Kenai Christian Church. Aldridge was born March 13, 1947 in Apache, Okla. to Alex and Evalyn Aldridge. He went to Fort Cobb, OK High School and Nuclear Power School. He married Diane R. Chauvin Aldridge on Feb. 27, 1971 in Webster, Mass. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1972 aboard the USN Nathan Hale SSBN 623. Surviving family remember Dale as a loving husband, father and grandpa. He loved showing off Alaska to family and friends who visited. He loved spending time with his family in the outdoors whether camping, hiking in the mountains, collecting agates on the beach, fishing, hunting for various wildlife, or spending time at the cabin. He loved hunting rabbit and fishing with his grandsons. He was an avid outdoorsman, pilot and motorcycle rider. He was so proud of his three beautiful daughters and was thrilled to have five grandsons. Enjoyed supporting and actively working in the Mission field, having traveled to Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. In recent years he enjoyed international travel with his wife, Diane. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Dale was preceded in death by his parents Alex and Evalyn Aldridge. He is survived by his wife Diane; daughter Tiffany and Brian Wilkes; Nicole and Jeremy Norton and sons Jude and Luke; Michelle and Britton Davis and sons Laird, Liam and Ewan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Ninos de Mexico Children’s Home, P.O. Box 309, Union M.O. 63084.” (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/peninsulaclarion/obituary.aspx?n=delbert-aldridge-dale&pid=152862103)