Earl was a special brother, we spent many wonderful times together growing up. Most Saturday nights found Earl, brother Roy, and I at the movies, usually a cowboy or scary show. I believe Earl liked the scary movies more than his brother and I did. Earl liked to read funny books, Captain Marvel, Buck Rodgers, etc.
Camping was one of those wonderful times. My dad worked for the State Highway Department, and each summer after school was out, my mom and we kids joined him for two months of camping. One special place we liked to camp was Albany, OR. We made friends, swam in the river, fished, and collected beer bottles for spending money. Earl and brother Roy cashed in the bottles at the store, and we treated ourselves to large black licorice ice cream cones, etc. Another favorite was New Port and Depo Bay, OR. At one place we camped by the ocean and picked huckleberries for our mom to make pies, and helped our dad dig clams on the beach. Earl and dad were camping in Medford, OR, when this brown and white collie dog showed at their camp. The dog was lost, hungry, and dirty. Earl fed him, brushed out the stickers, gave him a bath, and named him Buck. Buck went with us every summer when camping. Earl was the oldest, and when he was about 12 years old, we discontinued camping with our father.
Earl was in his teens when he started doing magic tricks. After serving a term in the military, he attended a school of magic. For many years after he put on many magic shows for parties, clubs, fairs, and his church. His shows were always entertaining. His nephews and nieces liked being tricked by his magic tricks. Sometimes they would receive a quarter that magically appeared. In later years, Earl was a collector of those same funny books that he read as a child. I believe his all-time favorite was Buck Rodgers.
Earl loved to talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ to whomever he could. I was one of the fortunate ones, along with many others. Earl had many friends he enjoyed running around with. He did many things for others, and for the family through the years. I am thankful Earl was a part of our family, and look forward to being together with him throughout all eternity.
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