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Tom "Homer" W. (#46801357)
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Bio Photo I discovered Find a Grave by accident soon after the death of our precious daughter, Marjorie. She was my first entry. I have added family members, friends, and others that I have no connection with but simply wanted to add them on these pages. I will have more of my family entered in the future. My wife and I are retired and we love it! I love riding the back-roads on my Harley and can't seem to ride past an old cemetery.....I love walking through them and find peace and quiet in them. Thanks so much to everyone that has placed notes, tokens, and have sponsored my memorials. God bless you all.

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Anne Beckman
Hi Tom,

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!

I did, as I finally recovered from a very nasty

cold, which I'd had for a MONTH! I just began

catching up on things, and rested, which I still

need. Bill had a great time at the track, as

he always does. He either takes me out for

dinner or gives me some spending money, as I so

graciously let him go this time, I got

some $$$ and bout some Chinese takeout for dinner,

as he turned in super early, as he had to get up

at 3:30am, to get a bus to take him and his

brother to the track! I have some left over and

will add to it, to do something else nice for


It is VERY much needed: this spring was a HARD

one, as I kept thinking I was going to go to

Chicago, with a friend, and our mothers, and a

friend of my mother's...BUT... my friend had to

be hospitalized, for an intestinal operation.

Then, came my cold! We are still going, but

not until my friend is completely recovered; in

the late summer, or early fall. As if that were

not enough, my physical revealed my kidneys are

functioning a little less than the last two

times. SOOO, I have to get a renal ultrasound,

on June 6th. (D-day!) I had just gotten up

when I got the news and was full of the cold,

which, as it makes my emotional vulnerability,

caused by the cancer, made me get mad and sad

about the ultrasound, as I should not have done.

Especially when I had to call my mom about it!

I was nearly in tears... I told her I just wanted

to be NORMAL and I'd FORGOTTEN what that was

like. Of course, my sweet mom got upset, also.


NOT A BIG DEAL.. the change is SLIGHT! Doctors

gotta do this, to make sure there IS NO BIG DEAL.

(Also, as my dad says, to cover their tails.)

ANYHOO...please pray for me! Bill is telling his

insurance company what's what now, as I had to

tell mine, last year: he does NOT have Medicare

as well as United Health Care, as I do. He ONLY

has United Health Care! SO, more than a few bills

need to be straightened out about that...thank

God, they are smaller ones, than the oncology!

How was YOUR Memorial Day Weekend? Did you do

any biking? The weather has been GORGEOUS, after

some heavy rain, hasn't it? I hope your shingles

has been LONG GONE!

I do pay a little attention to the race, but what

I focus most upon is PAYING HOMAGE TO THE FALLEN

and to THOSE WHO SERVED. Instead of the Memorial

Day Program, in Washington, D.C., PBS has had,

on TED Talks, and POV, focus on AMERICA'S

LONGEST WAR. TED Talks featured speakers who

told the audience how they can help a veteran

adjust to home, by lowering the race relations

rioting (reasons for) the widening gap between

the rich and poor, and the loneliness. Also,

how to help the good citizens in the war zone

and to destroy ISIS by destroying what it uses

to feed itself and how INCREDIBLY INEXPENSIVE

ALL weapons are, in the hot zones of the world.

(A woman working in UNICEF said an AK-47 can be

bought for $10 in Somalia, where she's seen so

many babies starved/dehydrated to death, as their

mothers fail to make it to a UNICEF relief

station on time, as they are beaten, for any

money boys/men think these desperate women may

have, which these violent men would immediately

spend on a gun or a grenade. I LEARNED SOOOO

MUCH!!! POV (It must stand for Point OF View)

took cameras in (barely any narration, or

explanation) an army veterans' hospital, where a

support group was repeatedly meeting. MY GOD...


Both made me SOOOOO PROUD to be in Soldiers'

Angels and DETERNINED to stay there, for LIFE!

My last "finished" soldier whom I could send

packages to, before Bill's hospitalization made

only letter writing possible (I pray by this time

next year, I'll be back to making the goody

packages!) asked me, in April, to be a FaceBook

friend of his, so that made me feel GREAT!

He is back home in Texas, still working for

the army. I always watch the D-Day scene of

Saving Private Ryan and Charles Durning's speech

of his D-day experience, during the PBS

Memorial Day Program, a few years ago. Finally,

I give thanks to Bob Hope and (I cannot write or

say this without getting teary) my Sweet Pops,

through Jesus on findagrave, for what they did,

during WWII. Pops was not involved in D-day...

he fought in Bastogne, France. I saw it acted

out, thanks to HBO'S BAND OF BROTHERS. OH GOD...

to see the exploding pine trees and blood on

the snow, KNOWING my grandfather experienced

that! He did go back to see the memorial, in

the summer of 1985. He was shot in one leg, so

he got a Purple heart. Also, a proud as can be

granddaughter brags: HE WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE

STAR. At his funeral, my dad proudly took the

flag, after the 21-gun salute. All were teary,

but PROUD. My mother's father worked stateside,

in New York City, as a quartermaster. The fort

was NEAR NYC, I should say. One of my dad's

sister's (his middle sister) did serve a tour of

Vietnam. He did not have any major injuries,

or PTSS, but he NEVER spoke about it. I think I

told yo u of my 5 or 6 year old self helping Mommy

buy a big box of Hickory Farms goody box, which

she and Dad sent to Uncle Bill, for Christmas.

He got it and profusely thanked my wonderful

parents! (One of my motivations for joining

Soldiers' Angels...if you are blessed enough to

have a soldier who can write/e-mail you, and he

or she gets it and says how ELATED he/she is

with are JUST IN HEAVEN!

OH, MY FRIEND...wouldn't Earth be so much like


WHEW...HEAVY STUFF, but damn it, that was

MEMORIAL DAY...NOT JULY 4TH!!! I do get mad at

all the drunken, drugged, no -thinking-about WHY-

this- day- was- MADE- A-HOLIDAY-partying, which

so frequently causes accidents and children who

know nothing of WHAT IT MEANS, goes on, by


supposed to be a day of rest, but A HOLY DAY.

As I close, here, FINALLY, is a FUNNY: In Pensi-

cola, Florida, a BIG alligator was meandering

across a golf course! I saw it on MSN, then

the NBC Evening news. Good thing my brother and

his wife and family live in TAMPA!

As the alligators and crockodiles do:

Added by Anne Beckman on May 31, 2016 8:38 PM
Thank you Tom, for leaving a flower and a quote for my beloved furbaby, Javier. I miss him so much. I read your Marjorie's page and looked at her photos. How your heart must ache. May God bless and keep you and your wife in HIs comfort and safekeeping. Thanks again for taking the time to care.
Added by AngelSeeker on May 25, 2016 11:04 PM
Joy LeMay
Thank you
From the family of Curtis Emerson LeMay for coming to visit his memorial and THANK YOU SIR for serving in SAC.

Joy LeMay
Added by Joy LeMay on May 25, 2016 10:01 PM

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