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It is with the heaviest of heart I officially take this very special moment to publicly share that on the evening of April 14th, 2014, at 7:50PM, my Daddy went home to be with our LORD. He took his last earthly breath surrounded by family, love, and the Holy Spirit.
As most of you know, my Daddy was battling Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer and was literally the strongest man I know. He fought the good fight until the very end and now He Lives – for Eternity – with our Heavenly Father.
Please keep us in your prayers. We are an incredibly close family and this grief is almost unbearable. We lean on JESUS to fill this void and carry us through. And although our hearts break, we are calmed knowing that Daddy is pain-free and with our SAVIOR. We look forward to the day we are all together again.
For those of you who knew my Daddy, you already know how extraordinary and wonderful he was. He selflessly loved his family and friends and was passionate about life. He touched so many lives in his 60 years and with so much life left; I hope we continue his legacy and that others see him, in us.
I am so beyond blessed to have the absolute privilege to call this man my Dad.
A Celebration of Life is tentatively scheduled for May 4th, in Seattle, WA — Refer here (BillPederson.Org) regarding those details as they unfold this week. We will also be coordinating a Celebration of Life on Maui at a much later date. Make sure you are SUBSCRIBED (top right) to receive these TBD details. You may also send your condolences by leaving a comment here, below.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the HE IS GREATER | HE > Nonprofit Organization where ALL donations raised go directly to those affected by cancer. Visit here to donate OR paypal to Info@HeIsGreater.Org.
On this very Holy Day, Easter Sunday, I encourage you to listen to this beautiful song; Forever by Kari Jobe:
You can read the priceless lyrics here
I also encourage you to love on your family & friends. Count your blessings and take nothing for granted, because everything can change in a blink of an eye – tomorrow is not promised.
I no longer have the privilege to hug, kiss, or have earthly conversations with my Daddy. In light of my reality, please don’t allow Satan to get in the middle of your relationships and steal these precious moments — those gifts of life. Mend all those dissensions you may have with Grace and Forgiveness.
♥ Jenn & Family
Fred z said:
I can only be sure if one thing … Bill is no longer in pain and he’s playin the best golf course in life!
Ps. I sent a donation a long while back and assume it made it ok ?
My best to you Jenn , Shawn , and Gayle
Thank you so much for your very generous donation awhile back — I thought I mailed out a thank you card, please accept my sincerest apologies!
What a beautiful tribute to an incredible dad, husband and friend. You have a gift of writing, Jenn and sharing your heartfelt thoughts.
Thank you so much Denise.. It feels as if there are no adequate words to accurately express — but I sure tried! ❤
My heart is full with the KNOWLEDGE that our dear friend is touching the face of God right now. Jenn, I miss you and the family so much it hurts. We loved Bill so much. KNOW that it is not finished…know that because Jesus arose, this gives us our hope and our future as well. On this Easter, it is a time to celebrate the resurrection and the LIFE. HE IS GREATER!!!
All our love, Gene and Claudette
Thank you Claudette — Praising Jesus’ Name for His Ultimate Sacrifice. Eternal Life, with our Heavenly Father is the Hope that strengthens us throughout the day. ❤ to you and Gene — God Bless
Love you guys so much. Only wish we could be there to celebrate Bill’s life on May 4. I am out of the country then, but will celebrate in the beautiful waters of Polynesia and lift up my eyes to heaven to give thanks for such a sweet man that touched our lives so fully. All our love and Aloha!
Trudy Holly said:
Dear Jenn and Family, Our hearts go out to all of you. Bill was an amazing man and such a warm hearted friend. I always loved his smile and laugh. He’s now in peace and smiling down on you and your family. Please take care . God Bless. Sincerely Trudy and Family
Thank you Trudy ❤
Dean and Susan larson said:
We were so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Dean always enjoyed working with Bill back at Mill Creek Realty. We feel so blessed that Dean did get a chance to visit with Bill in the past year. One of his fondest memories is when Dean golfed with Bill on Maui. Gale, Jennifer and Shaun, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. God Bless, Dean and Susan Larson
Thank you Dean & Susan ❤
kimberly schmidt said:
Dear Jenn. I don’t personally know you, but feel, I know you through our heavenly Father. You see my Daddy too Battled the Evil Pancreatic Cancer. I was also Daddy’s little Girl, and we were an extremely tight close emotionally connected family. I can actually truthfully say, I know the pain you are feeling, Its unbearable still, and it will be one year this May 24th 2014. You can look my Daddy up by Richard Schmidt Floral Hills, or Legacy, or different ways. His middle initial is E. I followed your story with heartbreak, and prayed for you and your family. My mom and I took care of my Daddy, I could not leave his side. His diagnosis came on my Birthday, and It was a downward spiral from there. I had to administer his TPN’s and many many ER visits, Many infections and drips. I know how very hard it is to watch your hero, and the strongest man you know, go down, so horrible, so unfair. My mom and Daddy too were married for 50 years, and were suppose to go to Hawaii for their 50th, but never had the chance to go. He got down to 99 lbs. and also fought til his very last breath. Iam crying for you Jenn, as I truly know and understand your pain. May God comfort your soul. I have 3 brothers whom are also devastated by the loss, and my mom ended up in the ER 4 months later with Pancreatitis, having to have major surgery. Please all take care of yourself, because even with the comfort of our Lord, the Loss is so great, its affected our health. I know the financial stuff is also overwhelming, as he had 450,000.00 in debt after the insurance paid. We are still doing taxes etc. also besides the medical. I pray for you and your family so much.Jenn. if you ever need someone to talk to my name is Kimberly. My E-mail is below. Love, prayers, God-Bless!!! your Daddy is in Heaven with my Daddy probably Building great things awaiting us.
Thank you so much for your note above — I want you to know that I will be personally emailing you a reply the second I have more time for a thoughtful response. God Bless ❤
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