We lost another great one!

August 3, 2017

Today was another beautiful summer day. Not too hot and we missed almost all the rain that was predicted. We left the house a little after 7am and stopped by Helen’s to check in with today’s Visiting Angel. So far so good. We got the truck hooked up and headed out about 8:00.

As stated yesterday we were in route back to Sherman RV to get a few things repaired on the motor home. We arrived in Sherman, MS without difficulty. We did follow an eighteen wheeler – “Trailer Swift” that must have been impaired or distracted. He couldn’t seem to keep his rig on the road. He came very close to side swiping another big rig. We just tried to stay out of his way. After arriving at Sherman we went over the issues with the coach with the service manager and then headed to Tuscaloosa to see Anne’s Mom.

 

Ralph and Momma Ruby during a Merry Methodists trip to Alaska in 2006
Ralph and Momma Ruby during a Merry Methodists trip to Alaska in 2006

Shortly before we left Sherman Anne’s brother called to say that our precious friend Ralph Krupp had died. Ralph and Anne’s mom became very close friends after each of their spouses died. Ralph became very special to their entire family. Anne, Jimmy and Sonny had so much respect for Ralph. He was 98 years old and a WWII 2 fighter pilot. After he had flown all the combat missions they would allow he volunteered and stayed over seas and flew support missions. Ralph flew all day on D-Day, dropping bombs. He said he was too busy to be afraid he was going to die. After returning from the war Ralph became a well respected and successful business man in Tuscaloosa. We lost another great one today. Rest In Peace, Ralph. We will miss you!

Columbus Air Force BaseDriving from Sherman to Tuscaloosa, we went through Columbus, MS and drove past Columbus Air Force Base. We saw several jets take off right in front of our truck. Another reminder of Ralph and his service.

We arrived in Tuscaloosa to check on Anne’s mom and offer comfort, sympathy and support to find that members of her church were already there. There was a constant stream of members of her Sunday School class coming by to check on her. We ran errands for Momma Ruby then came on back home since it was obvious that she was going to have lots of people showing her love. Certainly was a comfort to us.

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