Monday, December 31, 2012

Del Lawson (1922-2012)

Linda and Del watching NIU beat Kent State at Ford Field in Detroit

Linda's father Del Lawson went to be with the Lord early this morning. He died in the ER unit of Mercy Hospital in Monroe.

We got home from the hospital at 4 AM - 3 hours ago. Linda and I woke up at 7 and can't get back to sleep.

Del lived with us for 6 1/2 years. A few minutes ago I told Linda, "It feels alone in our house."

Del was 90.

I have a million memories of life with Linda's father. Here's a recent one.

On Friday, Nov. 30, Northern Illinois University was playing Kent State in football for the MAC championship at Ford Field in Detroit. Del played a year of football for NIU, and lived most of his life in DeKalb, Illinois, where NIU is located. Linda and I got our Bachelor's degrees there.

On the day of the game there was much anticipation in our home, especially in Del. He was going to watch it on TV. I got the idea - why not take Del to see the game, live, at Ford Field? I shared this with Linda, who agreed we should. Then I asked Del, "Would you like to go see the game in person tonight?" Del answered, "Why yes, I would. But I must insist on one thing. I AM GOING TO PAY FOR THE TICKETS!" I had learned many years ago that one should not debate Del about things like this.

Immediately Del began calling family and friends, saying, "I'm going to the game tonight!" I went online and got the tickets. We drove to the stadium, packing Del's wheelchair. When we got to Ford Field we were given a handicapped place on the 50-yard line. We had a beautiful view of the game!

Del was like a kid in a candy store. He shouted, he cheered, he laughed, and his eyes were wide open as he beheld, before him, his beloved Huskies. The game was one of the most exciting I had ever seen. NIU won in 2 overtimes, 44-37. Del told Linda, many times in the days that followed, "That was the most fun I've had in years!"

Until now..., because of that event Linda, Del, Lora, Grady, and I believe so firmly in: Christ has been raised from the dead, and we who are in Him shall also live forever with our God.