Richard Lindenfelser, a farmer from Albertville MN died last week of a massive heart attack.
He was one of the jolliest, kindest, happiest people I've ever known.
He was the father of one of my best friends while growing up. He and his wife Marlene have always come to every family function of import ever since I can remember. Last time I saw them was at my grandmother's funeral almost 2 years ago. He hugged me, even though he hadn't seen me in well over a decade.
I had known him since I was 7 years old. I'm 43 now. That's a good stretch of time. He himself was timeless. He and Marlene are family.
I will miss him.