I've been debating about posting something here and after lengthy consideration decided to do so.
About two weeks ago I went to Hinkle Fieldhouse to watch/work at a Butler basketball game. As I entered the historic facility, a very simple display on one of the seats caught my attention. On the front row of seats just behind the Butler bench was a seat with a single rose, a small stuffed Bulldog mascot, and a lettered sign "Bill, you will be missed". Just prior to the start of the game I saw a couple of ladies come in and sit down in those seats.
At halftime of the game I went over to introduce myself and offer condolences to the the lady that I'd seen at several games in previous years. When she asked how I knew her late husband, I mentioned that I'd met her son here on this Forum and then met her husband through that contact.
IndyDave's father was only 77-yrs old at his passing but he'd lived a very full life. The son of a grocer/nurse, Dave's dad graduated from Ball State, became a CPA with a major Indy firm, was in active community service through Ball State, Butler, and Purdue, plus on numerous boards including Goodwill Industries, the Indpls Zoo, Indy Chamber of Commerce, and United Way to name but a few. In recent years his passion had become watching Butler basketball and his wife told me that night that IndyDave's father would have wanted her to be there to root on the Bulldawgs.
My sincerest condolences to IndyDave during this time of great loss. As the sign indicated that night "you will be missed" but I'm sure this wonderful man made a lasting impression on those that he came in contact with. He will be missed but never forgotten.