Van Alstyne Leader
20 April 1939
The Lord has seen fit to call unto Himself one of Van Alstyne's
older citizens, Mr. Hardin Kepler, the beloved husband of one of our most
loyal members. Following a long illness he passed away at his home,
April 14th at 4:30 p.m. to his grief stricken wife, we offer our deepest
sympathy and love.
In this her hour of sorrow
Through sorrow we are all made kin,
May His unerring hand continue to guide you and sustain you.
I cannot say and I will not say that he is dead - he is just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand he has wandered into
the unknown land, and left us dreaming how very fair it needs be since
he lingers there.
And you - Oh you, who the wildest yearn for the old time step and
the glad return, Think of him faring on, as dear in the love of there and
the love of Here.
Mild and gentle as he was brave - when the sweetest love of his
life he gave, The touches of his hands have strayed as reverently as his
lips have prayed when the little sparrow that harshly chirred was as dear
to him as the mocking bird; and he pitied as much as a man in pain, a writhing
honey bee wet with rain.
Think of him still as the same, I say; He is not dead - he is just
Mrs. John Stewart
Mrs. Una Lockett
W.M.U. of the First Baptist Church