Dad, I remember when…



larry at the park


Ron - headshot







In honor of Father’s Day, some of the men and women who attend the day program at North Star’s HIP recently sat down to share some stories about their fathers.

Larry:  “Dad worked for the Rock Island Railroad.  He was a hard worker and always stayed by mom’s side.  I miss him.”

Sarah:  “Almost every weekend we went camping and fishing with friends and their kids.  Dad did the cooking on the Weber grill.”

Bob (aka “Bebo”):  “Dad put on a glove and played catch with me and my siblings.  I remember living in Detroit and fishing on the Detroit River and Lake Erie.”

Dana:  “I remember my grandfather, the closest father figure in my life.  He would take me on vacation to Pierre, South Dakota and camping at Lake Rathbun.”

Nic:  “I used to hunt and fish with my step-dad.  We would hunt for pheasant, deer, coon, and quail and go fishing on the Wapsie.”

Eugene:  “My father was a hard worker that took care of his family.  Dad was high in the ranks of the Knights of Columbus.”

Smitty:  “Dad made wooden toys and crafts for people.  I golfed and fished with him.  I also remember once when I was a teenager, my dad asked me for a cigarette.”

David:  “My father was a “buck” Sergeant in the Marine Corps.  He made you toe the line.  He played pool at a bar in town, and we played dodge ball a lot.  My family lived at Grandpa & Grandma’s farm.”

Bruce:  “My dad was a farmer and he taught me the ropes of farming.  When I was a kid, I thought my dad was mean, but when I grew up I realized he wasn’t mean.  He was a good provider that had to take care of his 10 kids.”

Steve: “We lived on a farm by Frederika.  We went camping and fishing when I was a kid.  Dad was a toy salesman and would take me to work.  We got to keep the broken toys.  He also took me to work at the golf course and I dove into the ponds to search for golf balls.”

Becca:  “I remember my dad taking me to Applebee’s and shopping for cheerleading shoes.  Dad won a lot of money in the lottery and he lives in a big house and has a new car.  He took me fishing when I was a kid.”

Dianne:  “We went fishing and had picnics at the Mitchell sandpits here in town.”

Kevin:  “We went fishing in a boat on the Raccoon River in Des Moines.”

Ron:  “I went with Dad on his milk route.  He worked for the Waverly Creamery.  When Dad drove I would wake him up if he dozed off.  One Christmas my dad bought me a special bicycle – an English Racer.  I miss my dad a lot.”

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all of the dad’s out there!!

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