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Gunner Andersohn - Musically Yours

Gunner Andersohn - Worked, Played, Lived, and Loved!

My father Gunner Andersohn passed away last week Tuesday while I was away in Seattle. This is the first time in my life that I have so few words available and yet so much to say.  Just a few weeks ago, I flew back to Sierra Vista, Arizona to be at his bedside. I will never forget nor regret those last moments with my Dad, they were priceless.

   

You can never be prepared or in the right place to get "that call" which unfortunately comes to us all at some point.  Saying goodbye to one of the most important people in my life is by far the hardest thing I've ever done.  The lump in my throat, the queasy stomach, and unstoppable tears are merely a sign of the love that I have for my father.

The last and most memorable words my father spoke to me were at his bedside when he said "I Love You" then asked me to read him the 23rd Psalm from his Bible.  This particular verse seemed to give him hope, faith, and helped put his heart and spirit at peace. I will never forget those moments with him.

   

I'm sad to see him go, he was only 85 years young, but I'm relieved he's no longer in pain and suffering.

His legacy will live on through his friends and family.  His musical talents and gifts will continue to be handed down from one generation to the next.  He will be loved always, missed forever, and will now rest in peace for eternity.  Our family created a Memorial for Dad that will let others continue enjoying his music that he so loved to share. 

So many wonderful people and friends have been by our side with supporting thoughts and prayers.  I could never imagine what it would be like to go through something like this all alone, yet I know there are folks that have.  I am so grateful and blessed to have a family and such wonderful friends that step up and are there for us when we need them most.  The greatest gift in life is people and the giving of their time.

Since I was just a small boy, this was one of my favorite songs he played.
Click Here to Play "Three O'clock"

One day, my heart will find all the right words and the perfect song shall be created, played and dedicated to my father.  But right now, I just need to get through the loss. Until then, the world may have one less person, but the heavens have gained one more great man with a talented spirit and soul.  I owe an insurmountable amount of appreciation and gratitude to one of the greatest people who ever walked this earth, and who now roams the upper plains and finally rests in peace... My Dad, Gunner "G-Man" Andersohn.

The Andersohn Boys

 

My father always signed off on his letters and post cards with a signature that read...

Musically Yours,

Gunner Andersohn

In his loving memory, I will now carry on his tradition and signature...
"Musically Yours!"

  Brad and Gunner Andersohn

"I love and miss you Dad, but KNOW I will see you again one day!"

"Gunner W. Andersohn had his first gig in Heaven on 3/8/2011"
July 15th, 1925 - March 8th, 2011

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 58 commentsBrad Andersohn • March 16 2011 12:19AM

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Sorry for your loos, Brad. He was quite a musician and I'm sure, a wonderful father.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

Brad, so very sorry for your tremendous loss.  There are few words on this end either.  It's just so heartbreaking to lose a parent.  (((Hugs)))

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) over 8 years ago

Brad - My sincerest condolences. I know what it's like to have a father pass away. So sorry to hear this. Looks like he was an amazing man. Now I see where your musicality comes from. RIP  Our thoughts are with you my friend.

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 8 years ago

Hugs Brad.  And thanks for sharing this.  I'm listening now and it makes me smile to know you'll always have your Dad through his music and that you know you'll see him again.  God Bless your entire family.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

Brad,  I am sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I bet your Dad's first gig in heaven was outstanding.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) over 8 years ago

Brad

So sorry to hear of your loss. But how wonderful to have been able to spend some time with him and his music. Despite the pain you no doubt have some wonderful memories.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

What a beautiful tribute to your father Brad. He was proud of you...

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 8 years ago
Brad, my sincere condolences, and what a lovely tribute to your Dad, obviously a very special and well-loved man. He obviously had a sense of humour as well as musicality.
Posted by Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona (RE/MAX Sedona) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad,

What an incredibly personal post.

I listened to the song on the piano, and relived your feelings for him, even though I don't know either of you.

Thanks

Phil

Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) over 8 years ago

Brad, This is a very touching tribute to your Dad, he would be proud.  Sincere condolences from us here in New Hampshire.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 8 years ago

My deepest sympathies for your loss. . .your post transcends the love you have for him.  .  . its only a journey we all have to take. .

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 8 years ago

Love this... What a cool tribute!

Posted by Nick Bastian, Real Estate Agent - Tempe (Realty Executives) over 8 years ago

Brad, so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. But we can celebrate that he is in a much better place than we are now. Peace and comfort be with you.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

What a wonderful tribute to your dad, who was clearly a very special man...I'm so sorry for your loss. 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 8 years ago

Brad, a beautiful tribute to your Dad and may you find comfort knowing he is definitely in a better place. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 8 years ago
Brad, it is a hard time and I am so sorry for it. You have shared before about your dad and what a wonderful relationship you had with him that you will always keep with you.
Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 8 years ago

My deepest sympathies for your loss. Thanks for sharing such a genuine love and beautiful tribute to your dad. May his soul rest in peace.

Posted by Karina Kfuri, Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES! (Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES)) over 8 years ago

Brad, this is a wonderful tribute to your father.  My heartfelt sympathies are with you at this difficult time in your life. Thank-you for sharing your dad with us.  he was quite the piano player!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 8 years ago

Brad, as I read, and watched your tribute to your dad I could feel the love you had for your dad. I was thinking how painful it is to lose a parent, but how truly lucky you are that the love between you was so great, how wonderful that his love of music passed from him, to you, to your son. How he will always be a part of your lives. You are truly blessed. The pain will ease, the love never will.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Brad I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I hope you are doing well buddy.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 8 years ago

Brad, thank you for sharing. I am so sorry for your loss and this is a wonderful tribute to your Dad. 

Posted by Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r (Watson Realty Corp.) over 8 years ago

Our condolences for your loss Brad.  I hope you will keep a lifetime of memories close to your heart and remember all the good times whenever you are feeling sad.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 8 years ago

Brad, my heart hurts for you and your family right now.....I am praying for you guys.  I love that you are continuing the "Musically Yours" tradition!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 8 years ago

What a wonderful, thoughtful and tribute filled with love.  My sincerely sympathy for your loss and may his memory grow stronger each time you reflect on his presence in your life. 

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

My sincerest condolences Brad. You have some tough times ahead and you are right, nothing prepares you for it. Over time you will find his music to be a great solace. My father passed in 2004. He was a passionate singer and whenever I hear songs that he sang he is right there with me in a heartbeat.

I wish you strength in the coming months. I'm sure your family will be there for you. 

My thoughts are with you.

Denise

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) over 8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. This was a beautiful tribute and I'm sure that Gunner knows the love and admiration that you have. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Brad...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to you.

What a legacy he left and what a wonderful tribute to him has been created.

Thank you for sharing.

Margaret

Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) over 8 years ago
Sorry the hear about this. Great post as it taught me about the man you loved. What a footprint he left on her heart!
Posted by Patti Lyles, DIVORCE, SHORT SALE, FORECLOSURE SPECIALIST (Century 21 Showcase, REALTORS®) over 8 years ago
Brad I'm so sorry for your family's loss. But what wonderful memories with the pictures and music left behind. I can't wait to hear your creation of a song dedicated to your father when you get around to it!
Posted by Linda K. Mayer, Realtor, SRES, SoCAL, A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST (License # 01767321) over 8 years ago

What a memorable tribute to your Dad. I feel your sadness and share your faith that you will see your Dad again. 

Posted by Anne Edwards Johnson, Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260 (JP and Associates) over 8 years ago

Brad this is just a beautiful tribute to your Dad and it is very clear that the wonderful memories will still be close around you, just as his love will be still felt.

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

Brad

What a wonderful tribute to your dad.  I'm sitting here listening to 'Three O'Clock' and enjoying.  Who's singing?  Thanks for blessing my day with this gift!

Posted by Anna Stout (F.C.Tucker Co.-Carmel/Westfield IN Homes for Sale) over 8 years ago

Thank you Brad ... The essence of all spirits live on and you have shared a big part of your Dad, who's being is a big part of you.   That essence will always be part of every thing you do.   We look forward to your future posts ... that are a reflection of your energies.

Posted by Len Kobewka, You Can Scape-it (Prairie Scapes / Scape-it™) over 8 years ago

I'm so sorry for your loss.  Your tribute is beautiful.

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) over 8 years ago
I'm so sorry about your dad. The slideshow was so moving. You did a great job with it. Your memories will last forever.
Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 8 years ago

Thank you everybody for all your thoughtful comments and love, it's very comforting and means more to me and my family than you will ever know. I am in Phoenix now and heading out this evening to go pay my private and final respects to Dad. 

Life is soooo short and very precious, so let those you know, love, and care about, know now much they mean to you while you can, it's the best words of advice and wisdom I can share.

My Dad thanks you all too!  He's up there watching, listening, and seeing everything that happens down here now.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

My friendmy prayers are with you and your family over your lose.  I have been there and was glad to be able to spend time with my dad when he took his last breath.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 8 years ago

Brad,

My condolences to you.  It's been almost 20 years since my dad passed.  Great tribute to your dad. May peace and comfort be with you and your family.

Posted by Don Hintz (2D-enterprises / HAUS Design, LLC) over 8 years ago

Brad, Thanks for sharing this tribute to your dad.  It's so nice that you will be able to go back and listen to him play the piano.  It's always hard to lose our parents.

Posted by Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS, RE/MAX Elite Properties (RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston) over 8 years ago

Brad - I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. 

This is a beautiful tribute to your dad. Thanks for allowing us to have a glimpse into his life and what he means to you.

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 8 years ago

Brad,

Thank you for sharing your special words, pictures and music of your dad. I am certainly thinking of you and your family. 

Betsy

Posted by Betsy Schuman Dodek, SearchPotomacHomes.com (Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate) over 8 years ago
Brad, our sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your dad. You have written such a moving tribute, it is apparent to see how much you loved him and what a great relationship you had. Prayers for you during this time. Sharon and Frank
Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 8 years ago

Words really CAN'T express how much your comments and heartfelt thoughts and words have touched me and my family.  The details and follow-up events that take place after losing a loved one can be daunting and even challenging both physically and emotionally not to mention financially, but we will survive.  Your comments and support have been awesome and have helped build strength during this time for us.

Thank you, thank you, Thank YOU!  We feel very blessed knowing we're loved and we love you all back! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago
What a beautiful tribute...he would be proud of YOU!
Posted by Gail Gladstone, Brokering Success (Gladstone Group & Long Island Business Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Brad- What an absolutely beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your Father.  I think the best tribute any person can give to someone is to share the love you felt for them and from them with others.  He's set the bar high for you to follow and judging by what I've seen and read from your blog... you've met the challenge.   Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Brad, condolences on your father's passing. It sounds like he led a long and full life.

Posted by Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Brad - My condolences as well. I have a similar experience about to happen. My father is a few days away. He has been on a ventilator since a week ago Wednesday and I think that I and his wife need to make a decision to let him go.

I lost my Mom at 58 and he is 76. Emphysema has been the issue for the last 4 years. In an out of the hospital. I won't say anymore on your blog but my heart and prayers go out to you. You have a wonderful tribute to Gunner. Some wonderful memories.

Posted by Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate) over 8 years ago
Very cool tribute to your Dad Brad!
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) over 8 years ago

Very nicely done Brad. I understand your pain, I have lost both parents, my mom at 15. one thing that helped me over the years is understanding that I didn't have to get over the loss, it is okay to feel that loss for the rest of my life. For some reason that concept has helped me through the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) over 8 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know your Dad is proud of you and this tribute. It's true you will miss him & you will see him again. God bless.

Posted by Donna J. Stephens, CRS (BHHS Ambassador Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Brad: Very nice tribute to your Dad and sorry for your loss. My Dad passed back in 98 and I still think about him a lot and I have to confess, talk to him all the time. My Dad too was a musician and our home was like growing up in the middle of a busy school music department and after hours jam session... Great memories... Love with music is a beautiful legacy and its imprint is obvious on you and your family. Blessings...

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad....Sorry I missed you post earlier. My Thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.

It's not fun Losing a Parent...they carved our moulds and set us out to the world to be ourselves with a little bit of them inside us.

My Mum was my Last Parent to go..I spent a lot of time with her in her last ten years(89) and I'm Glad I did.....I used to call her or drop by on short notice and say "what are you up to? would like to go for lunch ?", her response was "give me five minutes to put my lipstick on"....funny what you remember. For a while I used to catch myself driving to her house after she had passed away. They are forever part of us just like we where part of them.

Take Care my Friends...your Dad's Memories will always be with you.

PS: Nice Post about Your Dad...thanks for sharing

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Thanks Fred, last Friday at 9:00am in the morning was his VA memorial service in AZ.  I am holding on to the memories and counting on them to get me through the tearful times.  I love and miss my Dad very much.  I keep the cell phone I bought for him next to my bed just in case he ever finds a way from heaven to call me.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Brad ... Thanks for sharing this.  We love to see and know that your father ... "Gunner W. Andersohn had his first gig in Heaven on 3/8/2011".

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) over 8 years ago

Thank you Harrison, it means a lot to me and my family that you took the time to read and comment about my father.  It's a very painful experience that we know will get easier as the time passes.  The memories will thankfully last forever.  It's great to see you my friend.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

It's only been just over a month, and I am still having a very challenging time with this, I miss my Dad more than ever before, and I think it's just because he's gone and I have no way to communicate with him.  Some days are easier than others, today is not one of them... 

I guess this little comment box was just sitting here waiting for me to get this off my chest, whether anyone is listening or reading this or not, it's still somewhat therapeutic for me.  :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Brad - The love between you and his humor was so apparent.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 6 years ago

Thanks Christine - the love between my father and I developed in the later years... my father was a man who loved to make others smile and happy. As an entertainer, he made a living playing that piano and filling people's hearts with musical memories and joy. I miss that and miss him, but hope to carry on his legacy in making others smile and happy too.  :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 6 years ago

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