Dave’s Story

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Journal entry by Sheryl Gehrls

Dear Family and Friends,
For those of you who may not have heard yet, Dave left us last night and was received into the arms of Jesus. His body was just too beat up to continue, and the Lord chose to spare him any more suffering. During the last week, we learned that he had pneumonia in his lungs, as well as new metastasized lesions from the cancer. The MRI showed that the tumor had continued to increase extremely rapidly regardless of every treatment we tried. It had completely surrounded the carotid artery, and we ran the risk of it puncturing the artery and causing an internal bleed. It had about a week ago penetrated between 4 cervical vertebrae in his spine and was putting significant pressure on the spinal cord. 

We spent last week in the cancer center hospital again, and every day was another hard hit. Friday, when he was released to go home, we took him in his Durango -- his blue baby with a winch on the front. It was
a great conversation starter with all kinds of guys! He insisted he was not going home in an ambulance, and although it took some head-butting, we finally were able to do it that way. He really wanted to be home, so we got him here. We had hospice support, and have been extremely thankful for them.

Once in his own room, he began to relax. All of the kids and grandkids had planned to be here for the weekend for a birthday party we had planned several months ago....in God's providential timing. He was able to acknowledge, hug, and bless each one of his grandchildren Friday evening and Saturday. Sometimes there were 15 of us hanging out in the bedroom with Dave. He was in the center of chaos for much of the weekend....just where he would have wanted to be. 

By Sunday morning he had turned a corner and become pretty much unresponsive to us. He was in a deep sleep Sunday and Monday and was very, very peaceful and relaxed. His friends and co-laborers in the city had opportunity to come by and visit and pray with him on Monday, and when evening was coming, he was welcomed into heaven...very peaceful and quiet on our side, but with great triumph and rejoicing on the other side.

It was a long and intense battle with many enemies, but it came to an end very quickly during this past week. We're so thankful for the thousands of prayer hours you all logged on our behalf, and for the many ways you have supported and cared for us during this time.

Dave's Celebration of Life service will be held Monday morning, April 1st, 11:00 a.m. at Good News Church in Omaha. If it can be arranged, we will livestream it for those of you who cannot be present with us. Visitation will be 9-11 just prior to the service.

For us,
Sheryl
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