Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bless you Uncle Harry!

Harry Lee Flack Obituary

In loving memory of Uncle Harry:

RantWoman deeply appreciates the option of having the obituary read to her and the option of enlarging the print. RantWoman also really likes the memorial even though it leaves RantWoman confused as to exactly which dams Uncle Harry worked on during his long career as a concrete engineer for the bureau of Reclamation. RantWoman offers a list based on memory of holiday slide shows. But that was a long time ago; RantWoman HOPES she remembers correctly.

Technically it's Great Uncle Harry, RantMom's mother's older brother. uncle Harry passed away March 21 at the age of 98. RantMom still has some aunts and uncles alive, but Uncle Harry and his wife Davidena were the ones the RantFamily knew best. They lived an easy holiday morning drive from the RantFamily home in CO and our families spent many holidays together. RantWoman had no patience for dishwashing and "chick chatter" in the kitchen but was always interested, as a celebration subsided, when RantDad would encourage Uncle Harry to get out slides of all his dam projects.

Computational aside: Uncle Harry was into...the slide rule! RantWoman thinks there may have been big mainframe computers and some adding machines by the end of his career, but uncle Harry was a slide rule guy!

Grand Coulee dam
Probably one of Uncle Harry's projects if RantWoman's memory serves correctly.

And this wonderful history site about the Works Project Administration. RantWoman think s it's sort of unlikely that Uncle Harry would have had much good to say about activism and unrest so it's a funny blessing to land on this site while memorializing Uncle Harry.

Hoover Dam

Morrow Point Dam

Glen Canyon Dam

Blue Mesa Dam
This one is sort of conceptual. RantWoman found a picture she liked of the reservoir and did not really pay attention to whether the dam is in the picture or not. Please bear with RantWoman's oversight. This is also the dam the Rant Family saw the most of between driving back and forth to see Aunt Davidena and Uncle Harry and numerous school field trips, RantWoman can still smell the mx of sandy dust and water spray hovering on the walkway over the dam.

And while RantWoman is at it, an obituary also for Aunt Davidena.
RantWoman did not realize the family had a second son who died in infancy. Aunt Davidena died of Alzheimer's. There is only a faint hint of that in the obituary. RantWoman lately has taken to saying that passing away or as a beloved Friend from RantWoman's Meeting  GrandMa FF says "dropping body," is not easy and RantWoman does not blame anyone who needs to make some noise on the way out. Alas, RantWoman also has room in her heart for the fact that Alzheimer's can be beastly undignified and Aunt Davidena would not have enjoyed that. Blessings upon both Uncle Harry and Aunt Davidena.

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