19 years ago today
on the 16th of January, 1993
John Ettline passed away.
John spent the last nine years of his life without Helen.
Can you imagine the strength and courage that it took
for John, a man in his 80s, to go it alone...enduring the hardships of winter and keeping the Dell in operation even
as the clientele became increasingly rough and rowdy?
How many of us could have stood up to that challenge?
Things to know and remember about John:
* John never had any children of his own
but he loved kids and believed in them.
*John was the oldest of eight children,
four boys and four girls, and took on the
responsibility of caring for his siblings.
* Shortly after marrying Helen in Texas
John enlisted in the U.S. Army. Nearly
40 years of age, John was one of the
oldest enlisted men in WWII. He was
promised the cavalry but as fate would
have it he wound up in a communications
unit. John’s unit referred to him as Pops.
John attained the rank of sergeant, served
in the European Theatre, and participated
in the Battle of the Bulge. John was struck
in the head with shrapnel and ordered to
go home but he reportedly refused to leave
* John was a card shark, a gambler, and
a wheeler dealer – a larger-than-life type
of person – a colorful, loveable, and
* Am I my brother’s keeper?
To that question, John Ettline boldly
answered “Yes!” To John, a friend
in need is a friend indeed was more
than a familiar old proverb. It was a
policy statement. They were the
words that John lived by. John was
known to give financial aid to friends
who were down on their luck or owed
money to unsavory individuals.
Neighbor helping neighbor was the
John Ettline philosophy. John and
Helen opened their doors and opened
their hearts to troubled youth, battered
or pregnant women and others who needed
their support. John and Helen walked their talk.
* As a member of his family expressed it,
"John was loved and respected by
everyone he came in contact with...
especially his family. He offered love,
guidance and advice to anyone who
would give him the respect and listen.”
Please take a moment and watch this video
as we honor the memory of Mr. John Ettline.
John, you were the King of all Dell Rats.
If we have anything to say about it
you and Helen will always be remembered!
We love you and miss you, John!
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