The fundraiser and subsequent building of Joe's shed was amazing. With a few mornings of light snow which melted in the afternoon, we knew time was at hand to get the job done before the Big Snow came. 1917 Lumber gave us a discount for lumber. Joe said he wanted metal roofing for the shed because of the high winds that blast through there. I prayed about "where will we get that?" At the end of the day, before I spoke of this dilemma, I got on Facebook and someone I had never met before asked, "My husband just brought home some metal roofing from a job. Could you use some?" Of course!
Kim Hutchison, VFW Post Commander, designed the shed and began building it in parts to be assembled. He needed help with lifting, so the shop class at Joseph Charter School, led by teacher Tobey Koehn showed up.
Those kids were so cute! Under Kim's watchful eye, one would call "LIFT!" and in unison they carried it to the shed site. Before they left, they gathered around Joe and called, "Semper Fi!" for this photo. Thanks!
Kim had helpers and they got it just about done when we needed shingles to put on the ramp so Joe wouldn't slip. I posted on Wallowa County Free Classifieds FB page "ISO- Shingles" and in 40 minutes another veteran notified me that he had them and would drop them off. Thanks Roger!
We could not have done this without our donors:
Stewart Jones Designs George Hill
Janie Tippett Anonymous
Goodrich Family Duane & Caroline Rueb
Gloria LaBolle Sandi Richerson
Barbara Childs Ken Brown
Charles & Mary Johnson Sara Jane Williamson
Lynn Wolf Long Maxine Stone & Rob Hager
Betty Cosgrove Shannon McNerney
Terrie Everts Marcia & John Raines
Bill Cunningham Joni Herb
Anonymous Diana Tryall
Divide Camp Deborah Stubblefield
Sarrah Crist Teresa Hubert
Kathy McGuire Anonymous
VFW Post 4307 1917 Lumber
Clay Claypool Roger McGee
Joseph Charter School shop class
Tobey Koehn Roger Curtis
Yall stepped up to the plate and I hope you enjoy being a part of something good, for without your financial support, this would not have happened.
Kim is now in the shed-building business, so call him (541-263-2077) if you'd like a storage shed or garden shed. Whatever you need, I'm confident he can design and build it.
Of course, any job needs supervisors. Clyde and Petey offered Support Services...
A BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE! This is why I love living in Wallowa County. We all get to do things like this and do it well.
SHE HAD HIS SIX
by Katherine Stickroth©
“She’s yours, not mine”
He was gruff to say
Of the pup squirming in my arms
But she won him over
With soft brown eyes
Her honesty was her charm
A cellophane pop
The grab of his cap
It was time to have a smoke
She stood at the door
To the sacred porch
Then she gave his leg a poke
How often I gazed
Through the curtained glass
At the two who were now a pair
Not a word was said
Not a move was made
But I saw the thousand yard stare
Without a sound
He told her of
The Hueys that swarmed like bees
The tracers of light
The ear-numbing booms
The blood, the cries and the screams
“We didn’t have friends.
Just ‘Buddy’ would do”
He told his little girl
She wiggled her tail
And nudged his hand
His fingers would then unfurl
By then I ran
To the kitchen sink
Pretending I didn’t know
She was on his six
In the places where
His wife was forbidden to go
And now he lies
On a hospice bed
Agent Orange counts the rise of his chest
She nuzzles his hand
On top of her head
Too soon is his final breath
She had his six
Like no one did
He was safe with her along
His little girl dog
Her mission complete
She trailed him all the way home.
We have met success in our fundraising for Joe Lewellyn's shed. Construction has begun with the shed being built in sections in a shop by other veterans. Project should be up and assembled by end of next week. I couldn't be more pleased.
Both of my brothers are veterans. I was texting with one of them, his name coincidentally "Joe," and he thanked me for helping with veterans. "You should have joined the military," he said. Joe was Army and served in Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
"I came close," I replied. "Was lined out for a full ride ROTC scholarship and I bailed out. Long story." I started laughing, remembering something else.
My first husband, Nick, was a Major in the National Guard. I ran a tight ship in our household with two boys. Add a large dose of bossiness, plus my ability to out- argue him, and he'd complain, "Man, you'd make a great Drill Sergeant in my Company."
I continued with my brother Joe, "My being the oldest of six kids trained me to be a good squad leader."
That brought a big LOL out of him. Probably because he was on the receiving end of much of that.
A 50-something woman comes home to a place she's never been before.