I have known such a man. The man lives presently in Moberly, Missouri. We went to visit him and Most of his family, yesterday. Kenneth was a full time farmer and a full time employee of Chance Inc. (?). (Chance manufactured guyline hardware for power poles for one thing. ) We met him and his family in 1961 at a very small church.
(Sherry and Eileen, this lady is talented, a voice like an angel. She has passed that on to the fmaily also.)
Kenneth was an example of a true Missouri Farmer. Honest straight forward and a neighbor. I remember once he was late for church on Sunday morning. When he arrived he had a lot of cuts and bruises we talked after church. Mr. Dodd, a wealthy but elderly neighbor, had called to say one of his cows was tangled in barbed wire and in the creek. This is mid winter and ice on the creek. Kenneth went down to the creek alone, stripped down to his shorts went in wrestled the cow and untangled the barbed wire and treated the cuts on the cow with grease. True to his lifestyle; his only reward, and the only thing he expected or accept was, ‘Thank you, Kenneth.’
What a great visit. We have tried to visit Missouri and the Conrads every few years. This is probably the last time we will make the trip, due to age. But we will never forget this family. We will of course in the winter we will see Vickie (an aircraft mechanic), Glenda (presently a medical care-giver) and David Luke (a general contractor) all of Florida.
“Jack, that is pretty strong, your life?”
Without hesitation I said, “YES, it is.”
I do know another, and if you know someone like that, you are very fortunate.