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Posted: 5/17/2002 1:32:57 AM EST
This is a post that was put on our board, so I'm just putting it here.  His suffering is over with, he went very peacefully.  I just want to thank you for your prayers and offerings they are greatly appreciated.
 posted 05-17-2002 03:58 AM                      
This is by far the hardest post I have ever written.
At 2:29am 5/17/2002 Our friend Bill passed on. He went to sleep about 5 last evening. He came to a couple of times during the evening but never really came to. I listened to his labored breathing most of the night. A few minutes ago, he just stopped.

My friends, as hard as it is to think about, it is a time to rejoice. Bill is no longer in any pain. He is at peace.

Our friend Terri is doing well. As she told me yesterday, she has shed all her tears over the last several weeks. She is happy he is finally at peace.

SHe thanks each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers. She knows it is your strength that has helped her through all of this. She will be eternally grateful.

For those of you who do pray, continue to keep her close. The next few days will be hard.

Via con dios mi hermano. Hasta luego.

Link Posted: 5/17/2002 1:59:33 AM EST
Sorry for you your loss, didn’t know the man, and while nothing can be said to ease your bereavement maybe this will be of some benefit:

[red]So we’ll go no more a wandering
So late into the night
Though the heart be still as loving
And the Moon be still as bright

For as the sword outwears it’s sheath,
The soul wears out it’s breast
The heart must pause to breathe
And love itself must rest

Though the night was made for loving
The day returns too soon
So we’ll go no more a wandering
By the light of the Moon[/red]

Rest in peace, Gunslinger and prayers for you Mrs. G,
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 2:16:08 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 2:19:28 AM EST
Peace awaits us all.

When my best friends' father went, there was a little story on the memorial pamphlet:

The people on the shore watched the ship sail into the horizon.  As it went, it slowly disappeared; first the hull, then then the mast, and they said, "There she goes."

The people on the other side of the horizon anticipated it's arrival.  They watched as it slowly appeared; first the mast, then whole ship as it sailed to them, and they were excited, saying, "Here she comes!"

The story always makes me feel better about the journey that lies ahead.
God Bless You, Mrs. Gunslinger.

Link Posted: 5/17/2002 2:48:36 AM EST
My sincere condolences to you and your family.  Gunslinger will be missed.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 2:59:00 AM EST
May Our Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father hold you and your family in the Palms of His Hands and fill your hearts with the deep satisfaction of knowing that one bright and shining morning you will see your beloved Bill again. Where there will never be tears or pain again. Amen.

Eric The(GodBeWithYou!)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 3:31:46 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 3:36:39 AM EST
Vaya con Dios, my friend.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 3:37:39 AM EST
Now hollow fires burn out to black,
And lights are guttering low.
Square your shoulders, lift your pack,
And leave your friends, and go.

Oh never fear, man, nought's to dread,
Look not left nor right:
In all the endless road you tread
There's nothing but the night.
---A.E. Houseman, "A Shropshire Lad"
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 3:44:51 AM EST
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Link Posted: 5/17/2002 4:12:01 AM EST
Truly sad news.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 4:36:24 AM EST
God bless you, Mrs. G.  Mrs.QS and I will pray for your peace and happiness.

When my best friend's father passed, we did just as iNuh suggests after the funeral.  All his old friends came and we had a great time drinking beer and telling Sam stories.  He would have been proud.

3.) THROW A PARTY! (I know this sounds bad...)  My mother said that she does not want to see ANYONE crying at her funeral, and that we are to be happy when she dies.  She specifically told us to throw the biggest bash of 200+ family/friends with good Mexican Fajita/Beans/Pica De Gallo/Rice/BBQ & 3 kegs of Beer, Dancing, and fireworks if someone can smuggle some into Minnesota for us!  She wants us to celebrate her passing into the afterlife/nextlife/heaven with a BIG party.
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Link Posted: 5/17/2002 4:53:49 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:10:11 AM EST
I am sorry to hear this,My Condolences to the family[:(][:(]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:24:26 AM EST
We've lost another, of which we had few to spare.  Peace.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:30:28 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:33:15 AM EST
Mrs. Gunslinger, it is with great sadness I read your post. Gunslinger is at Peace now and we can seek comfort in that. May God bless you and the family with His love.

[b]To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go
You have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me in tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave to you my love. You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled on alone.

So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.

I won't be far away and life goes on,
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near,
And if you listen with you heart you'll hear
All my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and "Welcome Home."[/b]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:46:44 AM EST
Rest In Peace Gunslinger.[:(]

Mrs. Gunslinger, God bless you, and stay strong.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:56:35 AM EST
Prayers are with you and all of his loved ones.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 6:12:39 AM EST
Rest in Peace...
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 6:48:08 AM EST
My most sincere condolences to Gunslinger's family on his passing.

Link Posted: 5/17/2002 6:55:21 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:05:32 AM EST
I did not know the man personally. But why does it feel like I lost part of a FAMILY?

God be with you Mrs. Gunslinger. They always shoot full-auto in [B]HEAVEN ![/B]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:31:33 AM EST
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Link Posted: 5/17/2002 11:34:43 AM EST

Very sorry to hear of your loss.

I pray he find eternal peace in Jesus Christ and eternal life in the Lord.

[b]And Jesus said to him, "Verily I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."[/b]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 11:44:39 AM EST
My deepest condolences. God Bless!!
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 11:53:48 AM EST
I didn't know this gentleman, but I am saddened just the same.  May peace be with him as he rests...may peace be with you in your sorrow.

"Our bodies now dissapoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory.  They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power."

1 Corinthians 15:43
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 1:56:29 PM EST
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 2:15:01 PM EST
I am very sorry to hear the news. But I am glad he is no longer suffering.

R.I.P. Gunslinger. You will be missed by many.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 2:23:27 PM EST
My condolences , even though not one message ever passed between us , I feel as if another member of my family has passed on .
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 2:27:08 PM EST
From "The Holy Sonnets" by John Donne (1572-1631)

Death Be Not Proud

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,

Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,

Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,

And soonest our best men with thee do go,

Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.

Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,

And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;

And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well

And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?

One short sleep past, we wake eternally,

And death shall be no more;

Death, thou shalt die.


Link Posted: 5/17/2002 2:35:30 PM EST
rest in peace, gunslinger.

mrs. g., you and he will be in my prayers.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 2:39:20 PM EST
I remember Gunslinger as one of the good ole' boys from the old AR15. Don't remember ever having a bad thing to say about him.

Very sad to hear. My sympathies to those who were close to him.

Thank you for taking the time to register and tell us. I know you have several matters to attend to.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 3:41:51 PM EST
I too am very sorry for our loss. May Gunslinger rest in peace & may the Good Lord bless you in your time of need & sorrow.



"I won't be wronged,  I won't be insulted
and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do
these things to other people and I require
the same from them."
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 3:58:48 PM EST

I'm sure that most of us have done our best to send your husband off into GOD's loving hands with a warm heartfelt prayer, but now we all need to make sure that [u]YOU[/u] are properly cared for in the coming months...  He was family here, and as such, so are you!

While I'm quite certain that this would be that last thing on your mind right now, I would like to extend to you a personal invitation to the Black Rifle Convention, where you will be amongst family and friends...  Family and friends that will always be here for you, to help comfort and ease your pain now and whenever necessary.  You two have been around long enough to know that the firearms community is your extended family, and if I were to have just passed, I would desire for my wife to continue on with the people we love, doing the things that we love doing...  

[*] I am asking you to join us, so that we may get to know [u]you[/u], as we knew Gunslinger.[/*]
[*] I am asking you to join us, so that [u]you[/u] can put your mind at ease, at least for a few days.[/*]

Please honor this invitation to the BRC, from a member of your extended family.

If there is anything that I or any of your other AR15.COM family members can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask.

GOD himself has eased your husbands pain and suffering, please allow us help to ease yours...


Tim & Cathy Greene
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 4:00:53 PM EST
You have my deepest sympathies, Mrs. Gunslinger.  I'm very sorry.  You, Gunslinger, and your family will be in my prayers.

Rest in peace Gunslinger, we'll miss ya. [:(]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 4:57:31 PM EST
I have organized a twenty-one gun salute tomorrow at my local range in honor of Gunslinger.
Seven shooters on deck.
Three rounds each.  
Cease fire.
Moment of silence.
Depart silently.
I liked him.

Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:51:13 PM EST
Rest In Peace Gunslinger.  May God watch over the ones you love.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:56:56 PM EST
I have prayed for you both, and will continue to pray for those left behind.

Right now I don't have any eloquent words to share right now, but have a deep sense of pride in belonging to a community like AR15.com.  I didn't have any direct dealing with Gunslinger, but read his posts and know he felt the same way about this place.

Gunslinger is in a better place right now.  Rest in peace brother-in-arms.

Our prayers and assistance remain for you Mrs. Gunslinger.  Please keep in touch.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:53:48 PM EST
I am very sorry for your loss Mrs. Gunslinger. I am not very good at this and I really do not know what to say so I will just keep you, Bill and your love ones in my prayer.

Link Posted: 5/17/2002 8:06:55 PM EST
Rest In Peace Gunslinger.. [V]

Link Posted: 5/17/2002 8:13:36 PM EST
My deepest sympathy on your loss Mrs. G.  


Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:04:01 PM EST
Rest In Peace Gunslinger.
Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:46:48 PM EST
Go with God Gunslinger.  You will be missed.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 11:10:30 PM EST

     My deepest condolences for your loss. Rest in peace Gunslinger.

Link Posted: 5/17/2002 11:44:39 PM EST
Terri, no words I could say would ease the pain you're going through. Instead, look back, remember and cherish the time you had with Bill.  I'm sure he'd rather see your smile rather than your tears.
Link Posted: 5/18/2002 1:15:44 AM EST
Gunslinger may you have eternal peace and happiness in the arsms of God.

Mrs. Gunslinger my families prayers are with you and your family.  Please take care of yourself and remember the good times you shared with him.

Link Posted: 5/18/2002 1:28:34 AM EST
My condolences to you and your family.
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