"I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to have an afterglow of smiles as day is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways...."
Robbie Hadley says the poem says it best... her husband, as everyone will remember, lived a life filled with happiness, despite any circumstance.
They married 11 and a half years ago, ever since their life has been filled with laughter... because these two are two of a kind... even while they volunteered with the Reno Police Department senior volunteer program.
"He did the driving, and I did all the paperwork. So, I got to tell him where to go. How many women get to tell the guy where to go? Turn left, turn right."
Their life together turned out pretty well.
Everyone remembers them together, but Will Grundhauser say it's his stories that will always make him smile.
"One of our duties is manning the desk at the Reno Police Department. I think Jerry and I did a couple, three weeks training together there. I heard a lot of stories from him and I refuse to repeat any of them. Jerry was a great guy and I consider him my friend and I'll remember that always."
"I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave behind when day is done. When you remember me, do not cry, for I did not die," reads Robbie.
She says Jerry would agree and laugh away the tears of those who do cry.
Instead, she says learn from his ways to love and laugh.
"The person you're close to, someone you're close to, give them a hug today. You don't know what going to happen tomorrow."