Texas Widower Honors Fallen Soldier by Watering Grave During Drought

A widower honored a veteran and his family, making sure the grass was always greener on his side of the fence.

Jake Reissig, an elderly man from Texas, had a very specific routine. He would wake up in the morning, clip roses from his garden, and bring them to his wife’s grave. The loving husband would then water the grass surrounding her headstone, every day, twice a day.

Jake and his late wife, Elizabeth, built a beautiful family of 9 children over the course of their 65-year marriage. As one of the couple’s sons, Roger would never forget the love his parents shared.

“Liz,” as he calls her, was always “dressed to the tee,” Roger said, “She was beautiful to him.”

In a loving Facebook post, Roger points out how dedicated his father is to the upkeep of his mother’s grave.

“With the recent drought, and hers being one of only graves getting watered, you can see that Mom’s stands out from the rest and is very beautiful,” Roger wrote.

One day, the 83-year-old noticed a new headstone next to his beloved wife. The name read: U.S. Air Force: Staff Sergeant Joseph Villasenor.

Crying quietly at the grave was the soldier’s sister. Jake learned the Sergeant had died in combat overseas and tried his best to comfort the sobbing woman.

Jake continues to care for his wife, even when separated by death

The next morning, the elderly man continued his daily routine. He woke up, picked roses from outside his window, and left for the cemetery.

After placing the flowers on Elizabeth’s grave, Jake hooked up the watering hose. Only this time, the old man decided to water two headstones instead of one.

The sergeant’s family visited not long after. They were moved to tears at what they saw. The fallen soldier’s grave had been well taken care of. His plot of grass was as green as could be.

“He’s just a giving person,” said his son Roger, “When I saw it — I just couldn’t believe it.”

Villasenor’s parents visited their son’s grave, wanting to thank the kind hearted stranger for what he had done. As soon as Mrs. Villasenor spotted Jake, she threw her arms around him in a tight embrace.

Reissig held the watering hose up to the grieving mother. He simply asked, “Do you want to water it?” Tears streamed down her face as she graciously took the hose from Jake’s hand.

Jake continues his daily routine. The only difference? He waters the headstone bearing the American flag too.

Source: CBS News

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