We will always remember

The least favorite part of our day is scanning the obituaries. All too often, there’s a listing for a former area athlete, an acquaintance or a relative. It doesn't get any easier as we get older.
We always wind up thinking, “they’re gone too soon.”
It also causes us to pause and be thankful for the time we share with the loved ones in our lives and appreciate the precious moments together. We never know when all that will remain are the memories.

Rodney Egelston was a former Urbana High School athlete who also developed a passion for fishing. He was 45 when he passed away on Thursday morning.
We will always remember:
—the delight at watching him participate in sports;
—the pride in watching him mature into adulthood;
—the joy of watching him become a family man;
—with admiration his willingness to help others;
—with happiness that he helped brighten the world for so many who knew him;
—sadness at his sudden and premature departure.

Jeannine Henriksen was a mother and housewife who was able to see her son, Erik, compete in the Olympics as a speedskater. She was 80 when she passed away Wednesday evening.
We will always remember:
—the pride she exhibited while watching her children in their activities;
—the vibrancy with which she pursued life;
—the satisfaction she received from helping out behind the scenes;
—the job well done in helping to raise her children;
—the pleasure from getting to know her;
—Sadness that her final days were filled with pain and suffering.

Our thoughts and prayers are with these families, as well as the others who’ve recently lost loved ones. Whether you have days, weeks or months, you’re never prepared for the finality and always wish your time with those who have passed on could have been better spent, or at least longer spent.
We will always remember. That is the only good thing that can be said about the passings.

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