I honestly can’t believe I’ve even writing this post. It still all feels like a very bad dream.
Our beloved parents, Grama Susie and Papa, have gone home to be with Jesus. They were on a boat trip, one of many they’ve taken over the years, and were to return home Monday night. We hadn’t been able to get in touch with them and Tuesday morning they didn’t show up for work. I started checking around at that point and talked to the marina where they were supposed to be. Their boat was there. My brother Tracy, sister Danelle, Pat and I got in the car to go there as no one would tell us anything.
We knew deep in our hearts something was very wrong.
We got there about 2:30 pm on Tuesday and the sheriff was there along with investigators. The sheriff told us that mom and dad were gone and that it was carbon monoxide poisoning. They use a generator on their boat to run the air conditioner, tv, microwave, etc and it appears that there was something wrong with the exhaust. They both passed in to the arms of Jesus without pain.
Our hearts are completely broken and I keep telling people we feel very lost right now. Time seems to stand still and there is so much going through our heads. We are so thankful that they went together, on their boat, just like they would have wanted. But we are so angry that they went together, leaving us orphaned.
We are clinging to the hope of Jesus and while we mourn, we don’t mourn as those with no hope. Mom and Dad loved Jesus and we know they are with Him now. We just miss them so much and can’t believe they are gone.
The Celebration of Life for Mom and Dad (Al and Sue Hellman) will be Sunday, June 17th at 4:30 pm in Chamberlain, SD at the Cedar Shores Resort Convention Center. A memorial fund has been established through any Great Western Bank.
Thank you for your continued prayers. We need them more than ever. Our brother Jim and his wife Leana are still traveling back from South Africa. Please pray specifically for them that they would be able to get home to us quickly so that we can be together.
We love you Mom and Dad and we thank God to have had you as our parents. Our lives will never be the same without you.