I just thought I'd let everybody know that a member here passed on to his Heavenly home yesterday.
Henry Velzen, was taken yesterday after a relatively short battle with cancer.
He's only been a beekeeper for a few years, but was very enthusiastic about it. But late last year he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. In the spring, he had an aggressive surgery to remove and replace his bladder, and then chemotherapy most of the summer and fall. However, he had a lot of intestinal problems after that, and then in the summer it was discovered that the cancer had actually spread to his intestines. He wasn't able to eat, and was constantly weak from that and his chemo. I really do marvel at his perserverance and trust in God during that time.
Throughout his trials he endured it with incredible selflessness. He very much regretted that he was too weak to work with his bees, and would sit on the porch and watch while we worked on them. I'm thankful for the opportunity to have worked with and helped this wonderful man and family, and his sons are interested in taking up his bees where he left off.
Say a prayer for his wonderful wife and family in their loss.