Duane Schrock Sr. had dealt with the death of his son decades ago. He had no idea the past would come knocking twenty years later.
Living every parents’ tragic nightmare, the 89-year-old man was forced to bury his son. Duane Schrock Jr. sadly lost his battle with AIDS back in 1995.
However, the 41-year-old managed to send a heartfelt Father’s Day card before his death.
Twenty-six years later, Duane Sr. finally got the chance to read it.
“Dear Dad,” the card read. “We haven’t been in touch for quite a while, I’m doing fine and am very happy in Richmond, I’d like to hear from you. Have a Happy Father’s Day. Love Duane.”
Duane Sr. described the relationship between his son as being “tumultuous at times.” The letter, postmarked in 1989, couldn’t have come at a better time. The son’s words served as a reminder, “like he’s doing just fine.”
After the family moved multiple times, their official address was buried underneath piles of paperwork. Apparently, the card was simply lost in transit for the past couple decades.
“Somebody picked up the ball and carried it and after all these years they must still have forwarded it,” Schrock explained. “I still kind of tear up when I think about it…to get it just a few days after Father’s Day…”
“It’s like a sign from heaven,” the 97-year-old dad said.