February 3, 2014

Points East: A wink and a nod to my good friend



Our children remember him as their school bus driver and they loved him dearly.  Truth be known, he probably taught them as much as any of their teachers.  The school system finally made him stop driving the bus when he was in his early 80s.  I remember his 80th birthday during a hot summer more than 15 years ago.  He didn’t look or act a day older than 50.  I can say for sure that I never once feared for Jennifer’s safety when Dan was driving the bus on a long road ball game that got her back to the school grounds after midnight. He loved the kids in his charge as much as they loved him.

For 60 years, Dan was a Ruling Elder of Paint Lick Presbyterian Church, which was founded well before Kentucky became a state. As the minister said on Monday, he took that position seriously and literally. He was also Sunday School Superintendent for more than 55 years.  No other person has served the church anywhere near that long.

Dan was a lot of things to a lot of people.  He was a good neighbor and a father figure to me for decades, but more importantly, he was a close, caring and oh so very dear friend. I will miss him more than I can adequately put into words.   Dan had walked our earth for well over 95 years.

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