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DuWayne Kirchner, born May 24, 1937, died March 30, 2016. On March 30, 2016 DuWayne was honored with, “I have called you and you are mine.” DuWayne is now occupying that room prepared for him by his Lord and Savior.

DuWayne was my mentor when I became an AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) agent. He helped me through many of the bumps in the road to become a successful AAL agent. I know that without DuWayne’s guidance, Genie and I would not have been able to retire early, nor would we have the finances to live so comfortably.

DuWayne – a heartfelt, many, many thanks.

Bernadette Clark, born July 3, 1955, died March 31, 2016. On March 31, 2016, Bernie was honored with, “I have called you and you are mine.” Bernie is now occupying that room prepared for her by her Lord and Savior.

Bernie was an AAL branch officer at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church when I was the AAL agent assigned to Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. How Bernie found time to be the branch secretary while raising three young boys was just amazing.

I can vividly recall when the three young boys stayed with Genie and I at our cabin on Beaver Lake for a long weekend while Bernie and Wayne enjoyed a much-needed break. The boys surprised me by being such excellent dock bluegill fishermen that catch-and-release was necessary as they caught over 300. A fish fry was a must with their parents listening to all the fish stories before the boys went home Sunday evening.

Bernie – many, many thanks for the memories.

I believe that DuWayne and Bernie both knew the following poem by an unknown author:

“The Clock of Life”

The clock of life is wound but once

And no man has the power

To tell when its hands will stop

At an early or late hour.

To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,

But to lose one’s health is more

But to lose one’s soul is such a loss

That no man can restore.

Now is the only time you have,

So live long and work it well

And have no confidence in tomorrow,

For the clock may then be still!


Bob is a retired AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) agent, currently working on his master’s degree in Volunteering. His wife, Genie, is a retired RN, currently working on her doctor’s degree in Volunteering. They have two children, Deb in North Carolina, and Dan in Vermont. Bob says if you enjoy his column, let him know. If you don’t enjoy it, keep on reading, it can get worse. Words of wisdom: There is always room for God.

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