My job at the ISF was to write the electrical specs for shipyard work to be completed. I would take the work home and she would proofread it and correct as needed. There were many times she would take the papers to her work and ask the different engineers how best to state certain items. Because of this help I found myself getting better at it and getting the other people asking if she would assist with some of their writing.
My last year at ISF I spent nearly 5 months away from home yet we managed to keep in touch over the long distances. We really found out about absence making the heart grow fonder. Then in the summer of 1980 I was transferred to another ship in Seattle the CGC Melon as the senior Electrician. We spent a lot of time underway but this we could handle because the ship was gone 6 weeks at a time. And in port for 3 this type of ship was rotated on Alaskan Fisheries patrols out 6 in 3 out 4 in 8 etc.
“We’ll Talk it Over”
Tho' shadows deepen, and my heart bleeds,
I will not question the way He leads;
This side of Heaven we know in part,
I will not question a broken heart.
We'll talk it over in the bye and bye.
We'll talk it over, my Lord and I.
I'll ask the reasons - He'll tell me why,
When we talk it over in the bye and bye.
Thru darkest tunnels or misty vales.
Obey his bidding and faithful be,
Tho' only one step ahead I see.
And wait for reasons 'til after while.
And tho' He try me, I know I'll find
That all my burdens are silver lined.
This picture is Von one week before going to the hospital for the last time.