I guess it all started around May 1943. A young couple named Erma
& Henry Deutschendorf ( I will call Henry, Dutch from this line on.)
Well Erma went to the doctor as she was feeling a bit sick for a few days,
but only in the mornings. Of Course the doctor checked her out to make sure
she did not have the flu or any thing else. The doctor poked & prodded.
And looked at Erma & said well Erma you are in Peak health. The condition
you have will take 9 months for you to get over, do not worry you will put
on a few pounds but that to will go. Well Erma knew exactly what her doctor
was talking about and was so happy that her & Dutch were going to have
a baby. Well the months past the first few went fast , but the last months
just dragged on. The doctor was right Erma was getting big. But she did not
care as she was carrying her little child a gift from God.
Well on December 31 Erma woke with some sharp pains & nudged Dutch saying
honey the baby is coming I think we better go to the hospital. Erma &
Dutch arrived at the Airforce base hospital. Of course they all knew why
they were there at that hour of the morning. Now in those days Erma was whisked
to a room & poor Dutch had to pace the hospital floors waiting for the
birth of their first child.
Erma was in so much pain every few minutes the pain would get worse. Erma
said to the doctor I can not take this. He told her sure you can you are doing
fine dear. Erma looked at the doctor & said I AM NOT HAVING THIS BABY
I AM GOING HOME. Well the doctor knew the baby was just about to enter the
world as all women say the same thing about going home. The doctor saw the
crown of the baby’s head & told Erma now when I say push you push with
all your might so we can bring this little one out to meet you. Well after
about five minutes, the baby was out & the doctor smacked his behind
to help clear his lungs. He did a great job too.
Erma saw their little baby boy and asked for Dutch, when Dutch came in he
smiled ear to ear. Erma & Dutch looked at each other and said he is a
little Angel. They named him Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. Hence on December
31, 1943 an Angel was born.
That little boy grew up as any child will do.
But he had a yearning to sing & Play a guitar.
He followed his
yearning but he did not just sing, he gave us all a special gift that many
can not give. He showed us how to Laugh & Cry, he showed us how to Live
& how to make changes in our world to make it a better place to live.
You see Erma & Dutch were not the only ones that was sent a gift from
god. We were too. I know he was a special gift. I for one will never ever
forget him. I know the ones reading this now will never forget him. It is
up to us to carry on the things John started. He is now up in heaven looking
down upon us and smiling at us most of the time. Today is John’s birthday
Dec. 31st. I know John would have loved to be here for the turn of the century,
I wish he were. Well I guess that’s about all Except for the following.
Erma & Dutch ( I Know Dutch is up in heaven too but I still
have to thank him )I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having
John. You did a great job bringing him up. I love you for this because with
out you both John would not have been a part of my life & so many others
John is still an Angel looking over us all.
Happy Birthday my FRIEND We Love & Miss you
Love Lynn &