Dad in August

Frank gave us all he had

My Dad's name is Frank Purple and he is 70 years old. He had very modest beginnings, growing up one of 7 children on my grandmother's nursing budget in the 40's and 50's. His Dad, John, passed away on Valentine's Day, 1948. My Dad has always taught my brother John and I the value of education, since he never had the opportunity. Instead, he sold insurance with his elder brother Chuck at Purple Bros. Insurance, and sold real estate on the northside of Peoria for many years. Every morning when I was a young child, Dad would sit me in his lap and I learned to read from the Peoria Journal Star before I was 5 years old. He would stay with John and I every morning before school, making sure we had a 'hot breakfast', even if it meant running for the bus. When I had difficulties with math, he was always there to help me find the right answers. When I graduated (after 7 years) last May from ISU with my Master's Degree in Spanish, I heard him yell above the crowd, "Way to go, Julie!" This last December, Dad took a fall down his stairs and we nearly lost him. My 4 children have been very concerned and thankful, from being with the wonderful people at NeuroICU at St. Francis Hospital to where he is today. After 6 months, he is at Snyder Village receiving continuing therapy. I do not care if we win the 6 flags tickets or not, I just want someone to acknowledge how wonderful my father is (and if you print this, you can delete this part) and how much we love him, and appreciate the hugs and support. Out of 7 children, he has always been the 'storyteller', the one who remembered every little detail, bad or good, to pass on to the next generation. He has always been my cheerleader for getting my education, from ICC to Bradley University to ISU. I tell him often that he would have been a wonderful English teacher. My father always said 'If you have manners, you will own this world; for many, it is lost forever". Everyone that has ever known him, loves him; his unique smile, laughter and words of wisdom are rare in this day and age. Please let everyone know how wonderful my father is, and how much he is loved and appreciated.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Julie A. Saathoff

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