Grove, Jr., Daniel McKinley

8/17/1993

1932-1993
 
“I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for my salvation.” These words of John Wesley became a building stone for Dan—Jesus being his Cornerstone. Dan’s heart was strangely warmed during a tour of duty with the Air Force in Spain during 1961.
The morning of August 17, 1992, our dear little five-year-old friend, Courtney, came into Dan’s bedroom and announced, “Brother Dan is going to Heaven real soon.” At one o’clock the angels came—quiet, calm, and so beautiful to bear Dan to Heaven. What glory! What indescribable joy to know Jesus was waiting to welcome Dan home.! What celebration! “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things God hath prepared for them that love Him.”
Daniel, III, and wife Karen, John and Mary have been valiant and faithful during their Dad’s extended illness. They rejoice in the heritage of godliness, patriotism, and knowing (by example) how to love your neighbor, that their father has left them.
The following letter was written to Dan’s family upon hearing of his homecoming:
I write to you my precious-special family-Lucie, Danny, Karen, John and Mary, in memory of my best friend, Brother Dan.
Lord, I cannot be sad because my best friend went to live with you today. His “Victory in Jesus” is truly a reality. The beauty and majesty of Heaven overwhelmed him, and though there be nor more tears in Heaven, Brother Dan’s eyes were wet in awe. He could not in the greatest of his imagination every witness anything so perfect, so beautiful as this. So, I cannot mourn for my best friend, who loved us all like his best friend. He shared our joys, our sorrows, our births, our deaths, our broken hearts, our shattered dreams, and yes the greatest of all, our re-births. He was always there for us. He taught us to truly love Jesus, as we could see Jesus in him.
So, I say to you my precious friends, you were truly blessed to have had Dan Grove as your husband and father.
What is so blessed is that you all feel I--greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life his friends. Dan did this over and over again for me, for you, for the church, his community, and his country.
I loved him and look forward to that glorious hallelujah time we will have, “When We All Get to Heaven!”
Flo Nell Harrison
Thanks, Dan for thirty-seven wonderful years here and Heaven forever.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1993; p. 231 By Lucie Grove