Dr. Gernerís work lives on, literally
October 11, 2007 — About 15 years ago my dad was kayaking in Gore Creek, flipped over, and smashed his face into a water pipe which had fallen into the river. He was knocked unconscious, but was saved by the friends and fellow kayakers who pulled him to the bank and called an ambulance.
Looking at him today youíd never know he was once lying by the side of the creek with a perfect gash running from the bottom of his chin up to his nose. Youíd never know it because Dr. Robert Gerner sewed him up perfectly. Not a smidgeon of a scar remains.
Dr. Gerner is gone now. He passed away Oct. 5 in a Denver hospital. Yet he was a surgeon, one who operated on my father and myself (ever had a pilonidal syst?), and therefore I can say that his work lives on Ė literally.
And since we are taking time to talk of the dearly departed (which is not typically the domain of realvail.com), my heart and spirit goes out to Celine Krueger and the Krueger family. If any of you are reading this, Iíd just like to say that the cabin you built in the woods near my house (and near the old Krueger house) is still there, albeit a bit more mossy than it was in the days when it was my childhood stronghold. I have fond memories of that time in my life and I remember Celine, vividly, helping me through my first communion.
My condolences as well to David Viele and the whole Viele family, who recently lost another whom I remember shepharding me through childhood: Kathy Viele.
As this town approaches its 45th year, itís inevitable that we must bear the passing of some who were a part of the founding generation. For many generations my relatives have embraced such partings with toasts full of strong emotion, tears, and hearty laughter as we remember old times. To everyone who has suffered a recent loss I have poured a cup here in my hands as I write this and, I raise it, so to speak Ö in a toast to all of you.
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