For the non-Riewes who might read this, Mom passed away last spring and we have been cleaning, emptying, and painting her house for the past couple of months. She and Dad had this house built for them in 1967, so there were lots of memories uncovered as we packed and loaded. We are lucky enough to have a buyer, and closing is scheduled for later this week, so this was our last weekend to get together and to gather the last items.
Here is Dad's last John Deere, being loaded for a trip to its new home in Nebraska:
Later, we got the whole group on the front steps, so here are all the siblings:
back row: Denny, Bob and Don
front: Ruth, Paul and Mary
Paul has his own place nearby, but the rest of us now have no close ties to the old home town, so it was a bittersweet day. The family has been either in this house or on a couple of nearby farms all of our lives. Future gathrings will be somewhere else.