It is with sadness and joy I share that Darlene’s Father, Chaplain (Colonel) Billy R. Lord, died Friday, October 15th . We are sad that he is no longer with us but overjoyed that he is in heaven with Jesus, family members who proceeded him, his comrades in arms, and those whom he introduced to Jesus as a man of God, Minister, and Army Chaplain.
This moment, Dad baptizing a fellow Soldier in the la Drang River, South Vietnam in 1966, speaks volumes of Dad’s love for God and Soldiers. Imagine with me how this man’s life was transformed because Dad helped him publicly, all be it in a combat zone, proclaim his faith in Jesus.
Also, imagine the ripple effect of all the people this man also loved and shared how much God loved them. This man is one of the thousands Dad loved and helped to know “The Good Lord.”
“To some, I’m just another jumpmaster…and that’s fine. I’m happy to serve them. But to others, I’m also their priest, their “Padre,” who leads them from earth to heaven and back down to earth again in more ways than one.” Chaplain Peter Pomposello
I will not attempt to share the thoughts and feelings of Bettye, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family members, comrades in arms, and friends, but I am honored and blessed for him to call me Son and he is Dad to me.
We love you Dad and salute you, Colonel, you did good!!!
Rev. Michael J. Weiss, Sr.
Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Retired
Services for Dad: Memorial Service
Thursday, October 21 st , 12:30 pm (1230 hours)
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Springfield, Missouri
Obituary – Colonel Billy Lord
Military Honors at Graveside
Thursday, October 21st, 2 pm (1400 hours)
Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri