Farewell to a memory

By | March 30, 2009 12:00 am

Today I have said goodbye to another wonderful part of my life. The father of my best friend in high school has passed away.
When I found the obituary of Lt. Col. Elbert Hill Eller, I felt a tug at my heart as I recalled all the wonderful times I spent at his home. He was the epitome of a true military man who had carried many of his mannerisms and habits over into civilian life. However, there was one thing I always knew for a fact – he loved his baby girl, Mary Lou.
There were three other children that made up the Eller family, all of whom had their own stories to tell about the adventures they experienced as the child of a man who had devoted a great portion of his life to serving his country, but Mary Lou and I had grown up together.
I find it rather odd that only yesterday I found myself driving through Gillen Subdivision, down the road where the Ellers lived during all the years I knew them.
I can vividly see Mr. Eller in the kitchen as Mary Lou and I come through the kitchen door. He’s standing over the stove stirring up something fantastic to eat. He turns his head to the side and flashes that gorgeous smile as he tells me about the mincemeat pie he’s baked for me.
He doesn’t linger very long, though, because he wants to get to the TV in the living room. It’s almost time for the big Army vs. Navy football game – and Mary Lou is right by his side!
So many memories have flooded my mind and heart as I think about those days more than 35 years ago. How quickly time passes!
To Mary Lou – I know your heart must be breaking. I, too, have lost my daddy. They were our heroes. Now it’s time for Lt. Col. Elbert Hill Eller to meet the Master and Chief of the entire world, as he hears those words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

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