Something opens our wings. Something
Jennifer Grover, Beloved of Dave
a favor to us,
But our scales have lost their balance.
The impermanence of the the body
Should give us clarity,
Deepening the wonder in our senses and eyes
Of this mysterious existence we share
And are surely just traveling through.
...all I know of life and myself is that
We are just a midair flight of golden wine
Between His Pitcher and His Cup.
...our marriage with the Cruel Beauty
Of time and space cannot endure very long.
Death is a favor to us,
But our minds have lost their balance.
The miraculous existence and impermanence
of Form Always makes the illumined ones
Laugh and sing.
Will will miss you - Dad and Ursie
this to me and it describes him:
In dwelling, be close to the land.
Dave was a very nice and fun great-uncle. He was very sweet and thoughtful, but I'm happy for him because he's gone to a better place. Everyone else is just sad. If he's up there with you, big guy, then let him walk again.
Meghan VanStavern, niece, age 10
Nicholas VanStavern, nephew, age 7
way Uncle Dave used to smile and laugh. And the way, when we were
he would give us rides on his wheelchair. He was good at telling
and at picking out the right Christmas presents for people.
Sophie Hulen, niece, age 8Dear Uncle Dave,
I really enjoyed when you helped me with Lego and the other toys.
Cyrus Hulen, nephew, age 5
daughter Shelby first met Dave, she comfortably played with his
pushing him back and forth. When my wife Laura first met Dave, she said
that he was a wonderful, warm person who was also very handsome. And
me, Dave has touched me like no other person. He's taken me in, shared
much wisdom with me, and shown me caring and forgiveness. Most of all,
he has always had unconditional love for my family and me. Every time I
think of him I get a big smile on my face. His spirit has consumed our
hearts and minds and we will remember him always.
Aaron VanStavern, nephew
You are the deepest man I have ever known; deeply intelligent and deeply spiritual. Most of all was the depth of your love for us. Any time I talked to you, you looked at me with those piercing blue eyes, and I knew you were truly listening to me and cared about what I was saying. There will always be an empty place in my heart until we are together again.
Jeremy VanStavern, nephew
I can imagine Dave saying something like: "Don't cover your candle, go light a bonfire, on the darkest of nights the stars shine brightly."
Love you Dave, shine
Mike Hulen, brother
has many ways of speaking to us. Often we are unaware that we have been
spoken to and pass the event or circumstance as "that is just the way
is." The near accident, the illness, a friendship, and other seemingly
less important ways that just get lost in the minutia. But now the
has spoken loud and clear with a voice that reaches into and resonates
to the core of our souls through the death of our friend and loved one,
Dave Johnston. So we are confronted today with deciphering the message
and meaning for each of us. We must listen carefully, and prayerfully
what Dave and the universe is saying. For me, for today, the message is
love and cherish each other and be triumphant through the tears that we
shed so we can share the light of the sun with Dave.
John Grover, Jennifer's father and fond friend of Dave