Log inskip to content

June 5th, 2009

The Peaceful End

After a short yet arduous journey that began - suddenly - last Wednesday, Riley Claude Prestenback, on June 5th, 2009 and at 5:12am, took his final breath and completed a sojourn on this planet that began eighty-two years ago on December 9th, 1926.

A gentleman always knows when to leave.

A prideful, private gentleman until the very end, I will simply say - for now - that his passage into the next stage of his eternal life was gentle and palpably peaceful.  I stood at his bedside, softly whispering words of love and encouragement as I stroked his silken hair; the lone, living sentinel aiding him in his serene transition and the final witness to the loosing of his Earth-bound ties.  It was a beautiful moment that has irrevocably altered my perceptions on life and death and profoundly altered my heart in infinitesimal ways.  It was an honor to see him to the end of his road; to bid him the final farewell as his spirit soared - free - to dimensions I, for the briefest of precious moments, glimpsed as he fled the prison his body had so recently become.

On this, I will speak more later; when my mind has had time to rest.

At present, I have yet to sleep since awakening at 5:30am yesterday morning.  Stringing together two words is an enormous chore in this state (my apologies, therefore, if any part of this post is rambling or nonsensical), and the full story of my grandfather's final journey deserves a clear head for its telling.  At such a time, I can better attempt to put words to something that is, nearly, indescribable.

For now, I can ease your minds by stating, simply, that his passing was "soft as cream", as they say.  Not only was it smooth and untroubled...it was beautiful.

My family - including extended family, friends, and a tangled, rambling mess of "adopted" grandchildren and children that spans a good portion of the United States - hopes that you can join with us in honoring and celebrating the life of Riley Prestenback; a life that - though filled with much pain, suffering, and loss - was also one of smiles, laughter, and unflappable love for family and "adopted" family.  His was a life spent in service to others;  from his time as a medic in the Army during World War II to nursing his mother, sister, wife, and mother-in-law (among others) through protracted illnesses, none of which had a happy ending.

As I said, we do hope that you can join us in honoring this special man.

Services will be from 4-8pm on Sunday, June 7th at the Fellowship Hall next to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 11140 Hwy. 77 in Maringouin, Louisiana.

Viewing will resume at 8:00 am on Monday, June 8th, same location but in the church itself, and will continue until services at 11:00am; followed by burial in the mausoleum at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery.

I choose not to view these services as en end, but - rather - celebrating a life beautifully well-lived.

No tags for this post.

No Responses to “The Peaceful End”

  1. Nilo Lemos Neto
    Nilo Lemos Neto says:

    I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your
    theme? Excellent work!

  2. Banco Paulista SA
    Banco Paulista SA says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly believe that this web site needs far more attention. I'll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the info!

  3. Maria Elisabeth Bettamio Vivone
    Maria Elisabeth Bettamio Vivone says:

    Fantastic goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous
    to and you're just extremely wonderful. I actually like what
    you've acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way
    in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you
    still take care of to keep it sensible. I cant wait to read much more from you.
    This is actually a terrific web site.

  4. GENPOWER PARTICIPAÇÕES
    GENPOWER PARTICIPAÇÕES says:

    Fantastic beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website,
    how could i subscribe for a blog site? The account helped me a acceptable deal.
    I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered
    bright clear concept

  5. Nilo Lemos Neto
    Nilo Lemos Neto says:

    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my weblog thus i came to “return the favor”.I'm attempting to find things to enhance my site!I suppose its ok to
    use some of your ideas!!

  6. Socopa Corretora
    Socopa Corretora says:

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as
    though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why waste your
    intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you
    could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  7. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    A monetary advisor is your planning partner.

  8. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Financial advisors business is people business.

  9. Nilo Lemos Neto
    Nilo Lemos Neto says:

    It is in point of fact a great and helpful piece of info.
    I'm happy that you shared this useful information with us.
    Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Nilo Lemos Neto
    Nilo Lemos Neto says:

    I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.

    I'm quite sure I'll learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  11. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Investors do pay direct and indirect prices.

  12. Alvaro Augusto Vidigal
    Alvaro Augusto Vidigal says:

    Tremendous things here. I am very glad to look your
    article. Thanks so much and I'm having a look ahead to touch you.

    Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  13. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Now it is time to decide your particular investments.

  14. Socopa Corretora
    Socopa Corretora says:

    Hello, this weekend is nice designed for me, because this
    time i am reading this impressive informative paragraph
    here at my home.

  15. Banco Paulista SA
    Banco Paulista SA says:

    Thank you for some other informative blog. The place else could I am getting
    that kind of information written in such an ideal method?
    I've a project that I am simply now operating on, and I have been on the look out
    for such info.

  16. Alvaro Augusto Vidigal
    Alvaro Augusto Vidigal says:

    Very energetic post, I enjoyed that bit. Will there be a part 2?

  17. Luisa
    Luisa says:

    Take into account investments that provide immediate annuities.

  18. GENPOWER ENERGY
    GENPOWER ENERGY says:

    Hey just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a
    few of the images aren't loading correctly. I'm not sure why but
    I think its a linking issue. I've tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

  19. Eve
    Eve says:

    Now it's time to pick your specific investments.

Leave a Reply

Gravatars are enabled. Don't have one? Go grab one!

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree



Calendar

June 2019
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930