2.13.2012

Tribute to "Grandpa" Arlis

Today we wish to reflect on and celebrate the life of our dear family friend, Arlis Unrah,  
who was electrocuted while fixing a hot water heater on Saturday.
It is the first time we children have experienced the death of a very close family friend. Our whole family is grieving this loss. 
Little did we know when we made the last-minute decision last month to stop by their home for a quick visit....that those would be our last moments and memories with "Grandpa" Arlis.
You will see Elizabeth in most of these pictures with Arlis. He was her special friend. Elizabeth adopted Arlis as her grandpa several years ago. Since then...she would often be the one that would get to go to Oklahoma with daddy when he went to deliver cattle. Dad would drop Liz off at Arlis' and go deliver the cattle, and then come back to spend the night before heading out again with Liz and the empty trailer the next morning. Each time dad would announce another delivery trip there, Elizabeth would jump up and down and beg to go. She just LOVED spending time with Arlis and always came home with lots of special memories and stories of all the things she did with Arlis and Roberta.
Another memory is how they would go to the church library the day before we would come to visit and bring home a stack of childrens books, so that Arlis would have "new books to read to Elizabeth". He was never too busy for her, or any of us, for that matter. I vividly remember Elizabeth's 8th birthday in December. On her birthday, she received a birthday package from Arlis. She was SO excited.
Please keep Arlis' wife Roberta, and his son and daughter, Brad & Amy, in your prayers as they go through this very difficult time.
We also covet your prayers for our family. We have cancelled several of our concerts and are heading back to Oklahoma to be with the family, help in whatever ways we can, and sing at the funeral on Thursday. Please pray that God would give us grace and strength, especially just to be able to make it through the music at the funeral. 
We are so thankful for the godly legacy Arlis has left. And although we are all grieving his death, we  rejoice in knowing that he was ready to meet Jesus!

12 comments:

  1. Wow, so sorry to hear about this! I will be praying...let us know if there is anything we can do!

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  2. What a special person Arlis was. He always took an interest in us. He will be greatly missed.

    See you at the funeral.

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  3. Oh no! Will be praying for you all, especially Elizabeth. Will definitely pray about the funeral, and his family. So thankful that he went to be with Jesus! God be with you! Rebecca K.

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  4. Praying for you! It must be really hard. May God give you His strength! There is nothing like knowing he went to heaven. I was in IA last weekend at my grandmother's funeral. This weekend and next I am in OK.

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  5. This post is precious. I know you guys were dear to him, as well. Bless li'll Elizabeth! Praying for you...and see you soon.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about this!!! :'( I'll be praying for all of you, especially Elizabeth!!!!

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  7. May God comfort you and your family. Praying for you all.

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  8. Oh so very sorry to hear of your loss.
    Our prayers for your family,
    lil-Elizabeth, travels and all of Arlis's family.
    We are thankful for all the memories that God allowed you all to share, so you have them to hold near & dear to you during this time, and in the days to come!
    Our love & prayers~
    The Mayo's

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  9. I am so sorry to hear of you loss. I will be praying for you and especially for Elizabeth.

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  10. Oh wow...just jumped on your blog to see if you guys had posted any pictures of your trip and found this post! I grieve with your family and will definitely be upholding you in prayer through this time!!! Know that you are not alone! The body of Christ is here to support you!

    Love In Christ,
    Bekah

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