My Beloved Dead

White Shores
Last  Rights


"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.    -Rabindranath Tagore




Grandpa VanTassel

I don’t remember a whole lot about Grandpa except that he was a hard worker and he could give scary spankings.

He loved to read out loud to his family and play games.  He also had a great sense of humor  “Excuse the pig among the hogs”  

He was a leader in the Redmond church and committed to God.

His last words to me were, “You (boys) be good and obey your mommy and daddy and I will see you in heaven.”







Grandma VanTassel

I had many happy hours visiting grandma.  She was always interested in what I was doing.  We would often play games or just talk, laughing sometimes till we cried.

We talked a lot about heaven and her family who had already died and how she was looking forward to seeing them.


My Grandma My Friend






Grandma King

Had a burden for her grandchildren

Encouraged me much with my talents, especially my music and poetry.

She would talk to me for hours when I was young and always had a bible verse in her cursive handwriting taped up somewhere in her house when I visited.


In Her Distinguished Way






Grandpa King  

Wood chips and animals are what I remember most about grandpa.  I never saw him much.  Not enough to know his heart.  At the very end of his life I got a glimpse of who he was in the hours I spent listening to his stories, memories and poems.





Lyle VanTassel

Through his faith in God he overcam much of his disability. 

He had a very simple faith-sometimes frustratingly so. 

Consistently visited and cared for people and did what he could at the church.

Last Rights         







"Precious in the sight of the LORD
       is the death of his saints."    -Psalm 116:15