Today my sister and I went to Willmar, Minnesota, to attend the memorial service of our childhood friend, Don Kooy. Don's father was our minister when we were kids - in fact, he was the only minister we had until my senior year in high school. A couple of years later, he performed the ceremony when Steve and I were married.
At the service today, Don was honored by many pastors from across the state of Minnesota. He had been active in some form of ministry his entire adult life and was well respected. As with most funerals/memorial services, people come from all parts to give their last farewell and wish the family their best. It was fun to see many of the "kids" who were in our youth group today. Oh, the years have gone by, and we've changed just a bit, but they are dear, dear friends and the reunion was wonderful.
Don will be missed.