Friday, May 7, 2010

Memorial Services for Louis Anthony Heringes Sr. (Daddy)

Family and friends gathered together yesterday, May 6th 2010 to celebrate the life of Louis A. Heringes Sr. (Daddy)

The service took place in a little church in Upland California that was built in 1910. It was a lovely old building.
Pastor Don Roy from Pathway Church in Garden Grove, opened with a beautiful prayer and noticed there were baby birds chirping. (It sounded like they may have nested in the rafters of the ceiling.) He made mention of how appropriate that was...a symbol of new birth...Daddy has just begun his new life in heaven. Pastor Don's kindness and comforting words meant so much to Richard and me and our family and friends. The Lord used him in a wonderful way.

My husband Richard sang a very sweet song called Goin' Home". One of the verses say,"one day I'll be sleeping when death knocks on my door and I'll awake to find that I'm not homesick anymore...I'll be home...I'm goin' home...where I belong." (That's just how it was for Daddy. He passed so peacefully from this life into eternity.) A few stood and shared sweet memories and stories.
The service ended with a beautiful version of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (Glory, Glory, of Daddy's favorites. )

Everyone seemed happy to receive their little kiffles in remembrance of Daddy.

We then had a police escort to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The service there was so moving. It was extra special to see that the color guard were veterans of WWII.
Some of them looked very frail, but, they proudly stood on both sides as Daddy's casket was carried into place. We all followed after. My sister Darla, brother Louie Jr. and Richard and I sat in front to receive the flag.

A gentleman stood and welcomed us and spoke so beautifully thanking Daddy for his service to his country and offering his condolences. Next those dear veterans gave Daddy a 21 gun salute. Then we heard the sound of taps being played very slowly and sweetly.
Next was the presentation of the flag that was draped on Daddy's casket. Two soldiers carefully removed it. It was amazing to see the care and respect they showed as they slowly and reverently folded it. Then, one of the soldiers holding the flag knelled down and personally offered his condolences to the family as he presented the flag.
Pastor Don then shared a beautiful poem and comforting words and Scripture.

At the very last, Richard stood and invited everyone to sing Daddy's favorite song "God Bless America". I could just imagine him smiling and singing along waving his arms directing the "choir" just like he did the day before he passed.

There was a lovely reception for family and friends at Louie & D'Ann's house. (my brother & sister-in-law)

It was all beautifully bitter-sweet. Sad to think Daddy is no longer here with us in the physical sense, but, ever so sweet knowing he is safe with Jesus reunited with my mother and so many who have gone before.

Needless to say, there were many tears shed yesterday. Even as I write they are welling up. I expect that will happen from time to time for a while.

I love you and will miss you sweet Daddy...untill we meet again.

If you would like to listen to the the song "Goin' Home" by B.J. Thomas, just click on the link below:

This is a beautiful version of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (Glory, Glory Hallelujah) by Andy Williams:

My sister Darla, brother Louie Jr. and I want to thank our family and friends for the lovely cards, flowers, food, prayers and comfort so freely given at this difficult time.


  1. We are continuing to pray Button...Thank you for the wonderful tribute to your father! God bless.

  2. Praying for you & your family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Know that at times such as these, God is carrying you.

  3. Linda - praying for peace in your heart.

    A beautiful post.


  4. Oh so beautiful! The Battle Hymn is one of my favorite's - listening to this rendition had tears streaming down my face in joy and wonder! I recently lost a dear friend and although I'm sad and will miss him, I try to focus on the celebration in heaven of his coming home!

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I'm so glad about the baby birds and kiffles. So sweet.

  6. Sounds like a wonderful service and a fitting remembrance for a lovely person. Praying God will comfort you in the coming days xx

  7. There is nothing more haunting than a 21 gun salute..God bless your daddy for serving our country. What a wonderful, wonderful man to have given this earth his sweet loving daughter. sweet button. I am crying as I write this. God Bless you and keep your family and friends in his care during this Trudy..

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.

  8. Our Dearest Button! "Ya done good, girl" is what they would say around here. I don't think you could have done any better if your daddy had planned it himself. Give it time and you will look back to this day; get a warm feeling and a small smile, and you will know without a doubt that you did him proud. "Ya done good."

    Here a link to a song I think will bring your comfort--it did me. Hugs and prayers, --Linda


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