Donald Edward Link
11/19/25 - 10/29/12
Heaven has a new angel, and his name is Papa. We lost STM's dad yesterday after a wild 18-day ride through ER, the hospital, rehab, ICU, and finally Hospice. Throughout the ordeal there has been more blessings than battles, more tenderness than toughness, and more love than loss.
The above picture was taken the day after Rojo was born - the three Link men. They had much in common, stubbornness being right at the top of the list. STM and I were joking about that several days ago, and he said, "The only other person on par with Papa for stubbornness, is Rojo."
I asked, "What about YOU?"
"They are 6A and I'm only 4A. True, I'm All-State 4A, but they are in a whole different league."
Papa's stubbornness got him through a horrible childhood - and instead of turning angry and having a victim mentality, he decided he'd be a whole different type of father and husband. And he was.
He lived on his terms and he died on his terms, full of gratitude, humor and thoughtfulness to the very end. Lying in ER after being put through the wringer, we asked how he was doing. "Doing OK, some people have it a lot worse." That was so Papa.
Once he was in the hospital on "the floor," he was in such pain, but always aware of and thinking about his wife of 60 years. "Can I get you anything, Dode?" he asked in his semi-conscious state.
She joked back, "Yea, you can hop up and hang up my raincoat!"
"If you're OK, I think I'll just rest," he said, before drifting out of consciousness.
One of the last "conversations" STM had with him, Papa said, "Now don't get all carried away."
"What do you mean?" STM asked.
"You know what I mean," he said.
Papa was practical. Papa was frugal. Papa was kind, loving, funny, and could fix anything, but he couldn't fix his worn out body, one more time.
We know what you mean, Papa. We won't get all carried away. But we will hold you in our hearts forever.