A Temporary Problem

Lynn Walker was born in Texas in 1925. A few years later, his father Grover, who worked at the local oil refinery, was hit by a truck near the plant’s gate as he was bicycling to his job. Grover died a couple of days later, leaving Lynn’s mother, Lavanna, a widow with seven children to raise during the Depression. 

The siblings who were old enough—even the sisters—served overseas during World War II. Lynn served in the Army and was wounded at the battle of Steinwald in Alsace-Lorr…

  1. concerned citizen

    Thank you for this beautiful post.  Very moving (two Kleenexes for me).  May the Lord bless your father, and that he may rejoice in this victory tonight.

  2. Susan in Seattle

    Thank you for this. 

  3. Spin

    Gosh dangit you’ve made a grown man cry, you big jerk.  I’m copying and pasting this over on Facebook, with or without your permission.  

  4. Western Chauvinist

    First tears I’ve shed on this momentous day… probably not the last.

    Thank you for sharing this, Kevin. Peace to you and yours as you face this life and death moment. God bless you all.

  5. Crow
    Kevin Walker: It saddened him to see traditional values scoured from our culture. It worried him that the country for which he fought and risked his life was inching ever closer to a fiscal cliff. And he opposed the intrusiveness of big government. In fact, he bridled whenever anyone tried to tell him how to run his affairs–a tendency that probably caused his career to end a few years too soon, when the cautious mining-company managers failed to understand the risk-taking mindset of the wildcatter.

    Know the type well, Kevin. Had a great uncle he sounds an awful lot like. Sturdy. Loyal–dogged even. Unpretentious but proud.

    God bless you and your family.

  6. Stuart Creque

    May he have an easy passing, may he find peace, and may you and your family find comfort and healing.

  7. Rachel Lu

    Thank you. That was very moving. May he and your mother rest in peace.

  8. Frozen Chosen

    I worry sometimes that we are not replacing good men such as your father in this great country of ours.  I guess we’ll find out tonight…

  9. Scooter

    Beautiful.  Thanks for making my day even brighter.

  10. gnarlydad

    My deepest regards, to a man who has lived his life filled to the brim and overflowing with honor, and a faithful son, who has made his father proud. By the grace of God may the same be true of us, one and all.

  11. MJB Wolf

    Thank you for writing this. It was a pleasure to read and it touched me. I just plain sat out the ’92 election because I was apathetic and unenthusiastic about GHWB. I have not missed an election at any level since then. I don’t think I’ve ever let on to Dad that I sat that one out.

  12. Nanda Panjandrum

    Amen, Kevin!  A beautiful piece.

  13. Duane Oyen

    Beautiful.  And reminds me again to toast my own sainted father, who left us prematurely 12 years ago.

    We were both lucky men.

  14. katievs

    I love your father’s face.  It matches your description of the man exactly.  And it’s quintessentially American-looking.  Strong, happy, confident, free, and very kindly.

  15. Devereaux

    “When we’ve been there 10,000 years

    Bright shining as the sun,

    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

    Than when we’d first begun.”

    Last verse of Amazing Grace.

  16. Melanie Graham

    That was lovely. Peace for you all.

  17. HVTs

    The Lord rewarded your father with a child who could so movingly convey his father’s life and times that others who never knew him felt–or wished–that they had.  Would that we all could be blessed with such progeny. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to a great American.

  18. Gabriel Sullice

    A beautiful life, one to which we should all aspire. Thank you for sharing such a touching moment. I am deeply happy to have heard that he passed well, among family, hopeful, and true to the life he led. May God bless him, and may He be with you and your family in the days and months to come as you mourn the loss of a great man and celebrate his life also.

  19. DavidL

    A poignant reminder that there are things happening today beyond politics.

    Kevin – prayers and best wishes to you and your family.

  20. Trace

    Thank you Kevin. That was a magnificent tribute to a magnificent man.

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