Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Remembering Dad March 4, 2012

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My dad was proud of the new grove he planted on our farm south of Vesta in May 1973.

HE TAUGHT ME to respect and love the land.

He taught me to respect and love God.

He taught me to respect and love family.

He taught me the value of hard work.

He was my father.

And today, March 4, would have been his 81st birthday.

I miss him.

Dad farmed, in the early years with a John Deere and Farmall and IH tractors and later with a Ford. (Photo by Lanae Kletscher Feser)

Dad farmed, in the early years with a John Deere, Farmall and IH, and later with a Ford.

I'd never seen this image until yesterday. It captures a rare quite moment of solitude/contemplation/a break from farm work as my dad pets Fritz, our farm dog, in June 1989.

My dad takes a break from farm chores to pet Fritz in this June 1980 photo.


12 Responses to “Remembering Dad”

  1. Tom & DeLores Johnson Says:

    Hi Audrey,
    I worked at the FSA office in Redwood Falls for several years and I remember your
    Dad. He was always so nice and pleasant. I enjoyed seeing the pictures.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you, DeLores. I found these images this weekend when I was visiting my mom and looking through her photo albums. I loved these photos of my dad because they tell so much about him and how much he loved the land.

  2. Lanae Says:

    Gone but not forgotten. Always loved. Dad’s gifts will be passed down to our children’s children. That is how it is supposed to be.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Exactly, sister. And that second photo of Dad by the tractor is one you took. I love all of these images, especially that last one of Dad on the straw petting Fritz. It’s such a contemplative, personal moment.

  3. Very cool. I’m certain that he’d have been so proud of you!

  4. I love those pictures- and they remind me of both of my Grandpa’s, one a farmer and one a beekeeper who wished he had farmed. Thanks for sharing your Dad. -kate

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yes, I love these photos, too, and was so pleased when I found them in my Mom’s albums.

      As I’m told, my dad wanted to be a state highway patrolman. I’m not sure why he never pursued that. But he had only an eighth grade education and that may have factored into his decision perhaps along with the long-standing family tradition of farming.

  5. Katie Shones Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your father, Audrey. In April, it will be 16 years ago that my father died. I miss him so very much.

  6. Adam Kletscher Says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures Audrey. It’s nice to look back and reminisce about Grandpa and the farm.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You’re welcome, Adam. I found those photos while looking through Grandma’s albums, pulling images for her upcoming 80th birthday party. It’s hard to believe your grandpa has been gone nine years already.

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