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Ryan_Johnson

Lone Star Holidays lost a personal friend but we all lost a great decorator!

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I posted this to Lone Star Holidays members yesterday, but after thinking about it I thought it was worthwhile to post it here as well:

I am very saddened to have to report that one of our own Lone Star Holidays family members passed away yesterday morning. Chuck “Super Chuck” Schmid had a long and brave battle with cancer and he never gave up. Chuck was a decorator that could hold his own as one half of the “Dearing Dazzle” team and he loved the Christmas holidays and everything that went with it. I know for a fact that “Master Elf” Clyde couldn’t have done it without “Super Chuck”! We all had the opportunity to see “Super Chuck” in action this year as both Chuck and Clyde were featured on “Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2”. You could see how proud he was in the display and how much fun he was having.

Chuck was a very strong and proud father as well, and enjoyed his time with his children and wife. The boys can be seen helping their dad set up the display this year (on the Invasion special) and you can see the love that they all had for one another as they worked on their shared holiday display.

Over the past week, as the situation became more and more serious, Clyde and I had discussed a fitting way to honor Chuck’s memory and I mentioned that a few years back I had lost a family member before the holidays. I did a “black out” for that person that year and would turn off the display for an hour 1 night a week. Clyde said “an hour to have your lights off will just pi$$ off Chuck!! Maybe 5 minutes with a prayer just to show respect. Chuck would want to see the lights! I guarantee!” Because of this we’d like to ask that, if you are so inclined, we can turn our displays off on Wednesday at 8pm for 5 minutes. Use that time to pray, or think of a moment you may have had with Chuck, or just to reflect on how lucky we are to still be here with our own families. I know I’m going to hug my girls a little tighter during that time.

This is difficult news, especially in light of what should be a joyous season. On Sunday I was whining on LSH about there being no traffic at my display and now I feel pretty badly because that was such a trivial thing to be upset about. For me, and maybe for you, this sad time helps put things in perspective in regards to what the holiday time is really all about: friends, family, and the gift of time we still have with those people.

We’re sad right now, but let’s try to keep the “Merry” in “Merry Christmas”. Chuck would have liked that.

Ryan

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My prayers go out to his family. I am local and if there is anything I can do to help out with anything don't hesitate to give me a buzz.

Respectfully,

Cris

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sorry to hear that thoughts and prayers to his family and friends and while i dont have a big display it will be off for 5 minutes on wed

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Services were held last night and gave us a chance to say goodbye. Now the healing can begin- thanks to those of you who had nice things to say.

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