The memorial service for Joe yesterday was very special. Joe would have been proud, to say the least! Joe lived in a rustic, cabin type home surrounded by 3 or 4 huge oak trees and situated on 50+ acres of land which join a wide, rocky, beautiful river.
Joe was a people person for sure! Once a year he held what he called "Riverfest". All the family, and all of Joe's friends from far and wide were invited. His friends brought their friends! There was plenty of food, drinks, and live music. All were welcome to stay overnight as long as you brought a camper, tent, or a plain old sleeping bag, or didn't mind pulling two chairs together!!
The memorial service was like a little Riverfest only more melancholy. It started yesterday afternoon at 4:00. A couple played the guitar and sang hymns, and later in the evening played and sang some other old favorites! Everyone talked and shared stories about their special times with Joe. There were groups constantly going to and coming from the river, which is about a half mile walk from the house. Poppy managed to slip away and walk alone to the river. He stopped at some of the hunting spots he and Joe had shared, as recently as two weeks ago! It was a special day!
Joe will be missed by all of us!!!