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A gift from Dad

My new nightstand, made by Dad 60-plus years ago

My new nightstand, made by Dad 60-plus years ago

I received a gift from my father today, almost 36 years after we lost him.

Luke Buttry was a carpenter who served the most famous carpenter ever. He spent his career as an Air Force chaplain, then an American Baptist pastor. He died of prostate cancer in 1978, just a little over two years into his second civilian pastorate, at First Baptist Church in Kankakee.

Wherever we lived, whether in government-owned base housing, a parsonage or our own home, Dad was building things. If the home didn’t have room for a workshop in the basement, Dad would spend time at the base hobby shop working on his projects. (more…)

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