Drive on, Nathan!

Last Thursday, May 14, 2015, on his 48th birthday, we laid Nathan to rest. It wasn’t what we wanted to be doing on a cold, wet, windy May day. But if it was what we had to be doing, it was a good day.


The day celebrated the life of a unique human being. We decided to make the day one he would have enjoyed.

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Nathan loved trailers; horse trailers, car trailers, boat trailers, big trailers, little trailers.


So his pine casket was carried from the vault to the cemetery in our horse trailer.


And from the horse trailer to the plot next to Dad pulled by a Cub Cadet tractor, the only vehicle Nathan ever drove. He wore two of them out as a teenager.


We had a brief interment service.


Then, because of high ground water, the backhoe had to come back in to remove water. At the time, I wasn’t happy with this, but afterward everyone commented on how tickled Nathan would have been to have a backhoe as part of the ceremony! And he would have.


We kept it simple. Nathan was gently lowered into the earth by people who had loved him and whose lives were touched by his infectious smile and twinkle. I can just see him trying to grab a rope and help!


After we had shed our tears and said goodbye, these ladies let me take them back up the hill.


These guys didn’t trust my driving. Nathan wouldn’t have either. 🙂

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Drive on, Nathan! Rest in peace.

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4 Responses to Drive on, Nathan!

  1. How AWESOME!! If I could have a say about my funeral, I would want it as simple and heartfelt as this one. I’m so sorry for the pain you are enduring right now. Thank you for sharing, Sonja. God bless you.

  2. Beth Michel-Evenson says:

    Sonja, Thank You for sharing these pictures and your words in memory of Nathan. What a unique, personal send off, showing how much you and others cared for him…and loved him. Rest in Peace…always smiling, Nathan. Thinking of you, Sonja, your mom, and all of your family and Nathan’s friends. Love,
    Beth Michel-Evenson, one of Nathan’s teachers at NDSD.

  3. Toni Abrahamson Ness says:

    Thanks for sharing! How he must have been smiling at your efforts! Nuffer loved his family! His smile and eyes showed us so. Thanks again!

  4. David Dahle says:

    A nice tribute to a one of a kind guy… Thanks for sharing.

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