Joe was a good father when he wasn't battling depression. He left behind his 18 year old daughter, Katelyn, and his wife of 20 years, Laura.
Although there have been tough times lately, including the fire of their home in December of last year that had them displaced from their family home for 6 months, there have been some good memories too. During this time, Joe went to their family home every day to let their rescue cats know that they were still around and they were loved. Joe even set up temporary tents in their backyard for shelter and fed them and gave them love everyday. The last thing Joe gave Katelyn was a puppy. This was just two weeks before she graduated from high school.
Katelyn and Joe had a close relationship. They often spent their time making crafts, shooting their bows and taking care of their three rescue animals. He loved camping and often took Katelyn. They would fish; kayak and he would show Katelyn survival tricks.
Joe was also a good neighbor. He was always there to help. He became known as the neighborhood "fix it" guy and went out of his to give a helping hand. Although he looked like a tough guy he also had a soft heart. He would mow single moms yard and help with her pool. He often reached out to complete strangers on the street when he noticed a need. That was the kind of man he was.
Even though Joe had much to live for, the high pain he was in, depression and physical and mental challenges took its toll. He eventually lost his eternal battles and took his own life. This decision has left Katelyn and Laura with a huge void that can only be filled by God’s grace and the love of their friends and family.
For those who feel the loss and want to show their love in a tangible way, Laura and Katelyn want to give you the ability to help their financial needs and make their future a little easier. They are hoping to raise at least $30,000.00, but anything is greatly appreciated.
This money will be used to pay off credit card debts, car loans, final expenses, and if any thing is left after that; it will help with Katelyn’s college dreams. Katelyn wants to start college soon to study pediatric dental hygiene and take a missions trip to serve others.
Please keep Laura and Katelyn in your prayers through this very difficult time, and if you chose to help them financially, thank you very much! As the bible says, “Religion that God considers pure and faultless is to look after Orphans and Widows in their times of distress” James 1:27
We pray you will be blessed while showing them your love and sincere desire to help. Embracing them with this love will help them in their healing. Thanks for being there for them.
Eric Schindler; Brother to Laura, Uncle to Katelyn
Danielle Rogers; Niece to Laura and Cousin to Katelyn and Daughter to Eric