Jim Pollock's Journal
Written Apr 26, 2012 11:51pm by Travis Hanson-Pollock
Here is a copy of my eulogy for Dad's funeral. I'm sure I said some thing differently but this is the draft I was going off of. Thank you all for your positive comments and thoughts on it, I hope that Dad is proud.
"Thank you all so much for being here. When I started thinking about giving a speech today I was unsure if I could do it. We’re all just in so much shock at loosing such a healthy man who was so full of life. So why am I speaking today? Well, aside from wanting to show my love and deep respect for my father I also picture him looking down thinking “I paid for four years of college for your Communication degree, you better be giving a speech at my funeral”
Dad was a hard worker. On the weekends he always had multiple projects going on in his workshop and out on the farm. Yet he always took the time to stop and enjoy the small things. He had books in his truck so he could look up the various plants and birds he saw while he was outside working. We would always stop and enjoy a mountain dew at 3pm on the weekends and if it was a Sunday we would sometimes sit in his truck and listen to “The News from Lake Woebegone”.
2)Share and pass on your passions
Dad would always show us his new projects he was working on. I know that when we were little he would encourage us with his hobbies. I know with me I was probably only 7 when he placed a camera in my hand.
He used his woodworking skills to make all of us little toys and we absolutely adored them. We not only adored them but we reciprocated. For Christmas when I was little I gave him a Merry X-mas sign I had hand carved with a chisel. It originally was going to be “Merry Christmas” but I soon found out that Christmas is a very long word. Quinn learned wood burning from him to write messages to day in scraps of wood. Hollis drew a picture of a sheep on a piece of week and used wood shavings for the wool.
Not only did he teach us to keep learning but he showed us how wonderful it is to have varied interests. When he passed I looked for little activities to do to sit and think about him. I discovered that I already do read a lot and write a lot and listen to “Car Talk”. Dad is so much a part of me, a part of all of my family, that we have already been doing the things that dad loves, because he was a cool guy and liked cool stuff.
I’ll end with a quick quote that I love from Dad that summed up his thoughts on his life in journalism, ““It’s a big, bizarre world, but at least you get to watch from close up.”
Written Apr 26, 2012 8:16am by Nola Hanson
Well, it has been one week ago today, Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:50 a.m. when Jim's heart stopped at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines.
The week has been a whirlwind of activities: planning a visitation, funeral, reception, opening and recording the many, many cards & memorials, accepting the gracious gifts of food, etc., into our home.
Jim's sister and husband flew back to Florida last night and after dropping them off, the kids and I walked along Gray's Lake (one of Jim's favorite lunch spots) and then went to "The Depot" one last time to go through his work space and have an even better understanding of Dad's working day. We found many special treasures again reminding us of how important his family was to him.
The latest copy of the Business Record was on his desk and inside is a WONDERFUL tribute to Jim written by Chris Conetzkey. We really hope you will have the chance to read it. www.businessrecord.com/jimpollock
We then walked across the street to the Hessen Haus for dinner and a toast to the best Dad & Husband in the world. Something we never actually did with Jim because we always had something else to do. Again, stop and smell the roses!!!!!!
Quinn went back to school today and Hollis will go back on Sunday. Travis will return to Denver and I will return to work. It will be good for all of us to get back into a normal routine but we will always have Jim in our hearts and in our memories and probably always waiting for him to walk in the door.
We will never understand why this had to happen at such a young age where he still had sooooo much living to do and many experiences to share with his children.
Thanks sooo much for all of your support. I need to end this now because I promised myself I would click the 'Post' button at 8:50. One week ago today.
Rest in Peace our dear James (Jim) Keith Pollock!!!!
Written Apr 23, 2012 10:23am by Travis Hanson-PollockJim Pollock's (Dad's) funeral service is today at 1pm at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1701 Eighth St. S.W., Altoona with burial at Ashton Chapel to follow.