A letter to my husband Joe P. Statz who passed away August 30, 2017 at the age of 82.
When you came to America you only intended to live here 3 years, the length of your contract with the company that hired you. You almost made it to 60 years. You carried guilt with you for the rest of your life that you got out of East Germany and your family didn’t. America was like the first time you see Disneyland and you don’t want to leave. Along the way you met your wife of 56 years with whom you had two children. You also had four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. You became a proud American citizen with every right to moan and groan about the things you didn’t like and praise all the things you liked. You voted in every election because it was your civic duty. When you bought Surfside Motors you became an active part of the community. You joined the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. You were generous with your donations to most who came through your door. You had your friends you went hunting with and you had your friends you went rafting with and they were very important to you. The center of your life was your family. If you were hunting or rafting, if you could find a phone you would call me to see how I was doing and chat a while.
I will miss the times you would come to the door, ring the doorbell and give me a flower you found in the garden. The times you would hear a song you liked on the radio and ask me to dance and whisper those three little words in my ear “You’re leading again.” The times you would wake me at the crack of dawn go fishing. Your children will miss you and your grandchildren will miss you, you were such a big influence in their lives. They broke the mold when you were made.
You are survived by your wife Jean; daughter Karen and her husband Dale and their two children Jacob and Bridgette and her husband Cory and their two children Willow and Huxley; your son Paul and his two daughters Sabina and Alyssa. You are also survived by your sister and her three sons who reside in Germany and a niece who also resides in Germany.
We are having a celebration of life for you so your friends can come and remember the good times. It will be held at the Best Western on October 7 starting at 2:00p.m.
I am asking people to donate to Benton Hospice in your name. Through their efforts you lived longer and better than you would have without them.
Your loving wife, Jean.