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Dennis W. Cain
Age 89. Dennis passed away Jan. 12, 2011 at the Veterans Hospital of Loma Linda, Ca.; the last of 8 brothers and sisters. Born Nov. 22, 1921 in Rensselaer, Ind. Dennis graduated from high school there in 1942 and immediately upon graduation entered the United States Army. He served as Sergeant Major in Korea, Japan and the Philippines until he was honorably discharged in 1946. Dennis married June Jordan in 1946. They had been married 49 years when June preceded Dennis in death in 1995. They had three children Robert of Lafayette, Ind., Michael of Riverside, Ca. and Douglas who passed away in 1992. Dennis had 12 grandchildren, Charles, James, Matthew, Mike, Jeff, Holly, Angela, Debbie, Bill (passed away 2005), David, Patrick and Megan. He had 23 great grandchildren and 13 great/great grandchildren. Dennis resided in the Lancaster/Palmdale area for the past 26 years. He is survived by his dearest friend and companion Margaret (“Peggy”) Risley of Palmdale, Ca. Dennis was passionate about God, his family and friends, his country, horticulture, football and “everything Irish”. These 89 years commemorate only a wisp of time compared to the eternity with God that he was made to enjoy (Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has set eternity in our hearts”). There will be a viewing at 1:00 p.m. and a graveside service with military honors at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 20th at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, Ca. The Pastor Sean Appleton of Quartz Hill Foursquare church officiating.
At 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning (January 12th) the Lord called Michael's dad "Home".
Dennis was 89 years old and had known the Lord since 1975. This past year was a painful one for "dad" in every way. There had been so much change...so many transitions...so great a sense of loss as he said goodbye to his dearest friend Peggy and left his residence in Palmdale, Ca. (greater still what felt like a complete loss of freedom) to move into our home here in Riverside. The sense of disorientation was overwhelming for him and as his Alzheimer's deepened, it necessitated much greater care than we could provide and there was another change of address to an assisted living home in Grand Terrace. It was only months before his physical decline took him to Loma Linda's Veterans Hospital, hardly a place to call "home" despite the very best of care and a clean and lovely environment.
Today I was reading Psalm 124, "What if the Lord had not been on our side" through life's challenges? What if there were no promise of eternal life ahead? What if there was no assurance of seeing loved ones again? What if we had no hope of seeing the face, hands and feet of the One who'd given His life for us? What if we would never again know the joy and security of "home"?
The Psalm ends with the rapturous conclusion, "We escaped like a bird from a hunter's trap. The trap is broken and we are free." "Dad" is no longer broken, confused, insecure or without a place to call home. All the cords that bound him on earth have been broken and he is free.
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him".
I Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)
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