Joseph Edward Gehring, Jr.

Answer one question or many - using words, photos or other media.

What words of comfort can you offer Joe's family and friends?

Randi Massey
Joe died suddenly and far, far too soon. But he lived, really lived, every day. He never skimped on life. He went places, saw things, did things, bought things, and said things to others-- he was open and unreserved in love. He denied no interest and put nothing off for next week, or next year. If it was fun, or he wanted it, he made it happen. He learned every day, mastering things that struck him with obsession-like determination, until he was drawn into another interest. He made a difference in my life, and continues, after all these years, to be a part of who I am. I will not forget him, I will not stop being grateful for the years we had together.

What are your best memories of time together?

Randi Massey
Any time we had to wait in line for anything. He was witty, quick, and funny. I always enjoyed the waiting with him as much as the event itself, whatever it was.

If you could send Joe a message now, what would you say?

Randi Massey
You made me very happy.

How would Joe most want to be remembered?

Randi Massey
Fearless and open to everything. And unable to drink hot liquids.

What six words best describe Joe?

What's your favorite picture of Joe?

Did Joe have a favorite phrase or common mannerism?

What objects most remind you of Joe? Have a photo?

How did Joe affect other people?

What was a favorite story Joe liked to tell?

What were the fork-in-the-road moments or decisions in Joe's life?

What was Joe grateful for?