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DALE LEE HULEN: Aug. 16, 1953 - Dec. 16, 1984

I got on Photobucket just so I could share Dale's graduation picture with people, but I can't figure out how to make the image appear. Does anyone know how? I sure hope the link will at least work! Please, if you are able to see it, will you let me know?

Dale, as your birthday fast approaches, just think! You would be turning sixty-four! Maybe by now, you’d even have retired from a law practice I’m sure would have been successful. It’s easy to imagine this since in my lifetime, I’ve never personally known another man with as much intelligence and integrity as you had. Dale, so much of life down here on earth you’ve missed! You left us (or rather, you were cruelly snatched away) still in the bloom of your youth. To think that our time without you here has now exceeded those 31 years you spent with us on earth! And of those 31 years, I only knew you 21 of them. Remember the time when before your dad married our mom, my sisters and I met you? We saw just a scrawny redhead ten-year-old. We had no clue the huge size of your heart! You loved so much of life: school classes, games and competitions, debate, church dances, serving a mission, and above all, family. Born to be a leader, surely you must know that your influence on others has lived on and on long past your untimely death. I think of you, recalling those nights talking at the table of our tiny kitchen. You and I, and sometimes Mom or one of our sisters was there. Like me, you were a night owl and how we loved our movies! Oh, Dale, so many great movies and songs on the radio you have missed. So many things we could have talked about these last 33 years! When you went to college, I didn’t get to see much more of you again, but I treasure that one year when my own college life intersected with that of yours. You got to see my children too when they were very young. If only you had lived to see your many nieces and nephews yet to come! Dale, I wish that you had lived to see the growing acceptance of that thing with which you struggled, How horrible it must have been for one so religious as you were, feeling compelled by church and society to date so many women for whom you could feel nothing more than friendship. You never talked to me about your being gay; I wish you would have. Everything was closeted back then, but we all knew, and we realized how hard it was for you to stay so strong inside the church. You loved God so much, as I know you love Him still, for your spirit was dynamic and indomitable. How I wish you’d lived to see the changes (at least the good ones). With your love for politics, you would've been amazed by the fall of Berlin Wall. You absolutely would have loved the internet and smart phones. As the lawyer you were soon to become, you would have championed the underdogs! Maybe you’d have even helped affect changes in certain laws which in turn would have helped yourself to find a life of happiness with someone you could call your own true love. So many things I’ll never know because your life was cut short by a stupid drunken driver. Dale, I imagine you beyond the veil. You are there in Paradise helping other souls. I know this, for on earth you were a leader, a helper, and a friend to all. When I pass away, I hope to go where you are, for on that other side, yours is the first face there I want to see. 7/29/17 'Sad Free Verse in 2017 only' Poetry contest of Laura Loo.

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Date: 8/21/2017 3:08:00 PM
I had tears reading your poem Andrea such an emotional poem he really was a special man and this is a beautiful tribute:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 8/17/2017 8:41:00 AM
A tribute to our brother, beautifully penned. Brought tears again to my eyes. Love you sis.
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Date: 8/11/2017 10:06:00 PM
Awesome win, Since I was little I thought we reincarnate. I'm on the fence :) I don't want to come back with all this unrest on this planet! ,,,, I posted another called Memories,, I said monoku, I'm going on your one lined poems :)
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Date: 8/4/2017 7:54:00 PM
A moving story!
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Date: 8/1/2017 5:50:00 PM
Coming back with congrats!
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Date: 8/1/2017 3:16:00 PM
Back to congratulate you on your win ~*
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Date: 8/1/2017 2:28:00 PM
So touching and well written piece. .Congrats on your win,Andrea...
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Date: 8/1/2017 1:21:00 PM
Congratulations Andrea! I am so happy we both made the winner's list. Your poem is so moving. : )
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Date: 8/1/2017 4:08:00 AM
I think I have read all your posts now. I am waiting to read your two pairs of shoes entry. Have a good nite. : )
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Date: 7/31/2017 10:53:00 AM
Oh, Andrea! I believe in my heart you will see him when the time is right! Good luck to you in the contest! And I hope that drunk got locked up for life!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 7/31/2017 5:47:00 PM
He got absolutely nothing. Not even a fine, Budgie. it was the 80's and he had good character witnesses and was young.
Date: 7/31/2017 4:21:00 AM
A beautiful sad tale Andrea...a winner in my eyes my friend...god bless you and Dale...^WW^
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Date: 7/30/2017 7:58:00 PM
Very sad tale!! I have not driven a car in years - you do not need one in Manhattan. Who was this Dale? I would like to know. I spoke with the women I have been dating yesterday. I have had many relationships in my life and foolishly I dd not marry any of them!! I live in Manhattan where there are loads of single women. I just received a humor magazine in the mail. I need laughter - believe me - I think we all do. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 7/31/2017 5:47:00 PM
you are asking me who Dale is?
Date: 7/30/2017 10:53:00 AM
A great tribute Andrea... Very touching... So deep and sad... Good luck with the contest...
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Date: 7/30/2017 9:05:00 AM
When the time comes and we cross on the other side the most beloved person of ours waits for us on the other side so as to help us with the transition from the one plane od existence to the next! I wish you r beloved brother to be there to welcome you my dear, Andrea. I am sorry for your loss! As a condolence I would like to recite my little poem I wrote some time ago: Death is a celestial pillow upon which the soul rests for a while dreaming of the life to com." God bless his soul and you!
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Date: 7/29/2017 11:02:00 PM
So heartbreaking, Andrea, I am lost for words.sorry for your loss .. Your writes are always so masterful ...
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Eve Roper
Date: 7/29/2017 11:04:00 PM
the image did not appear :(
Date: 7/29/2017 8:56:00 PM
I'm just sending you a hug.
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Date: 7/29/2017 8:41:00 PM
A moving tribute to a beloved brother Andrea...best wishes
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Date: 7/29/2017 7:48:00 PM
Such a beautiful, sad, and touching letter poem to your brother, Andrea. Good luck in the contest.
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Date: 7/29/2017 6:17:00 PM
Alcohol really serves no purpose except generating high taxes on life and prosperity. A very sad poem which happens all too often. Good luck, Andrea.
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Date: 7/29/2017 5:22:00 PM
What a beautifully crafted sad poem! I truly loved reading this amazing piece this evening! What a brilliant write my friend! Great Work!!
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Date: 7/29/2017 4:45:00 PM
"The good die young"; it's so true; beat of luck in the contest; you should have it i with this poem.
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Date: 7/29/2017 4:44:00 PM
what a beautiful and moving tribute to your step-brother, andrea! you have really brought him to life in your poem and your feelings for him sing out loud and clear. i love the ending, too...
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Date: 7/29/2017 4:22:00 PM
extremely personal and touching, filled with joy and sadness, one I can somewhat relate too...my oldest son was in an accident at 17, paralyzed from the waist down...is now forty...so many things we could never do or experience, so many things...good luck poet
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Date: 7/29/2017 3:21:00 PM
- This was very sad to read Andrea - But your love lights shining for your missing brother - I'm glad I'm not a "judge" for such a sad contest, good luck :) - R.I.P. Dale - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 7/29/2017 3:20:00 PM
I couldn't see his picture but you have shared other photos of him with me. This letter to Dale is very moving Andrea. I can sense how much you still miss him. I feel that way about my older brother I can't find. Best of luck in the contest. ; )
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