Lion-Hearted Duke

The Ever-Changing World in Which We Live !

Family History

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Rennaissance 1978


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November 21, 1926-September 2, 2007
(the Dash is the Most Important Part)

I remember when I was young and bedridden for three months and in much back pain.......Dad, after 14+ hours of work at the store, would always come home and talk to me and rub my back to sooth me. I can still feel his touch soothing me now.

Dad loved to laugh at my jokes. I suspect he always laughed for me, even if it wasn't funny.

My favorite thing he ever said................
He may have just lost an argument with Mom, but he got his three sons together and told them to never forget.........
Any man that says he is the Master of his own home is either lying, Single, or his Wife said it was OK to say that.

Thank you Dad


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GrandPa Simon around 1955
Great-Patriarch of My Nieces and Nephews


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GrandMa Simon
Great-Matriarch of my Nieces and Nephews


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ELLEN CHRISTINA EASTERDAY nee SIMON
Feb. 10, 1918 – Jan. 14, 2003

THE DASH
Ellen blessed this earth in 1918 with an unconditional love for much.

She loved the simplistic things in life--
Animals, flowers, time spent in a park, the seashore, good music and movies, and good friends.
She was an avid fan of biology, archaeology, genealogy, history, medical issues and skating.
She never once thought of herself, only others first. She was very giving of herself in many ways.
Yes, she was a worrywart but her concern was real, she only wanted the best for everyone.
Now she blesses heaven in 2003.

I WAS GERMAN QUITE A LOT,
SCOT-IRISH JUST A SPOT, SWISS TOO
AMERICAN BORN, HOW ‘BOUT YOU?
TOUCH OF FRENCH, NOW YOU SEE, ALL THESE
CULTURES ADDED UP TO ME.


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John Easterday
Beloved father of Barbara and Francis,
and husband of Ellen Easterday,
died December 10, 2003.

Uncle John was 92 years old,
and is with us forever, in our hearts.
We have been blessed
by his presence.


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J. B. O'Dell
Jan's and John's Dad
San Diego, Ca. 1943.
US Navy 1943 to 1952.
With us forever.


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The Family Down South


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My GrandFather and GrandMother on their honeymoon at the Queen Isabella Inn, Port Isabel, Texas 1925.
Henry Taylor Hartzog and Carolina Julia Kindinger


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Easter with GrandMa

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Mom and Dad and Augustine
Easter 2005

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Those Beautiful Kids. My Family having a good time July 4, 2005.