Life’s Reflections: Father’s Day now full of memories

I penned this column on Father’s Day (yesterday) and it’s appearing a day late. However, it’s never too late to talk about our dad….Lee Jr. Moody.

I can never say enough about him. He’s the first man I ever loved and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I just wish all other children had the same experiences we did.

He was a hard-working man who truly loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, not to mention his own siblings, his parents, and other relatives and gobs of friends.

We could trust him because he had his four children’s interests at heart, no matter what was going on in our lives.

Dad died July 20, 2016, so, in a month from today, he will have been gone for six years. And, he is honestly missed.

He was ornery, even though he could be serious at times. I knew that, but I’ve learned from talking to people who knew him when our paths cross now and the subject comes to Dad. His former co-workers and relatives have some good stories to tell.

Dad and Mom, the former Beatrice Riffell, met at the Great Darke County Fair before Dad went off to serve in the military his senior year of high school. Don’t tell anybody, but we’ve read the letters Mom received from Dad during his stint with the U.S Army after she passed on Sept. 25, 2019.

I was fortunate that I got to spend most of his last days with him as I took a vacation from work that week, not knowing it would be our last days together.

I just wish I would have hugged him more than I did, as he was so fragile, which I never knew until then because he was always so strong.

I’m so glad my son, Jamie, had him as a father figure. And, Jamie, agrees wholeheartedly.

I just hope other children have great relationships with their fathers as my brother, Ron, sisters Bev and Brenda, and I had for all of our lives. Dad left us just three weeks before what would have been his 90th birthday.

I wasn’t always perfect but he still loved me, all the while teaching me the right things in life, giving advice and teaching us a good work ethic. He spent at least 47 1/2 years at New Idea in Coldwater working his way up to foreman and one-time head of the union there. I was elated that my career at journalism at 53-plus years surpassed his but I’m sure he worked harder than I did physically and did it well.

So, I’m hoping everybody spent Father’s Day remembering the man who helped give them life, especially if it was a good life like we had.

Mom was lucky to have him by her side.

I love happy endings. And, I sure got it with my parents.

All we have now are memories and I’d have to say I was blessed and I knew for sure my siblings and our offspring would agree.

If Mom and Dad would have disagreements, we weren’t made aware of them. They handled what they had to do in private, not wanting to get us involved, I am assuming.

Dad didn’t go out into the night life without us as some others do. His interests revolved around us and his horses.

We respected him.

Many times, I wish he were still with us today, but I would also want him to have a healthy life. He would deserve that.

Miss you, Dad.

And, in closing, I have a deep respect for the men who stepped up and raised someone else’s child(ren). And I wish them Happy Father’s Day as well.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of Sherry Mueller and Martin “Bud” Self.
Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Jim Marker, Steve  Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, David  Wombolt, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Barbara Alexander, Randy Garrison, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Dave Niley, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Albert Duncan, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Ralph Byrd, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, Michelle Leugers Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:
June 21 to Troy Kammer, Cindy Mescher, MacKenzie Miller, Ron Mescher and Rita Gilroy.
June 22 to Hannie Newbauer Wolfe, Austin Helmke, Jerry Brandewie and Kyle Shaner.
June 23 to Jim Hileman, Angela Coby, Adam Deaton, Don Dietrich, Justin Ungericht, Darlene Keaser-Grubb, Tyler Edwards and Cindy Cox.
June 24 to Ned Riegel, Bob Hiestand, Mike Kell, Brent Siders, Jay Stammen, Connie Rhoades, John Blinn, Diana Trittschuh Walls, Randy Ward and Tony MacKenzie.
June 25 to Dick Hufford, Alan Gessler, Seth  Gessler, Mary Kreitzer, twins Marion and Marvin Johnson, Carrie waymire DeHart, Christa Everman and Keegan Weiss.
June 26 to Nancy McKnight, Cathy Peters, Vicki Knick Galloway,  Ron Widener, Heather Mann and Ron Thwaits.
June 27 to Randi Rose (40), Melinda Linebaugh, Lori Linebaugh, Mary Kate McEowen and Galen Wetzel.
Happy anniversary to: David and Ashley Gilpin on and Daniel and Heidi Linebaugh on June 21; Dean and Jodi Neff on June 24; Karen and Alan gessler and Mr. and mrs Glen Murphy on June 25; and Gary and Katie Cothran and Dave and Kathy Acton, all on June 25.

Think about it: “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” —  Author Unknown

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ or 937-337-1955.

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