By Wyatt Earp | October 9, 2011
Today is a very sad day.
Frequent SYLG commenter, Vietnam veteran, and truly good guy Richard Lendley has passed away. Regular readers will know him by his screen name. DustyVet.
Richard lost his battle with cancer on Friday night at the Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois.
I received the news from Realwest, who sent me this e-mail today:
Just wanted you to know that I received an e-mail this morning from either a friend or cousin or his, that DustyVet passed away this morning from a heart attack due to his being diagnosed with Esophageal cancer this past spring. His heart wasn’t strong enough to endure the Chemotherapy treatments.
I knew Dusty for a number of years and he had had a very tough life, but he was a brother Vietnam Veteran and if you wanted to make some kind mention of his passing on your blog, I’d appreciate it very much.
The best thing about this blog has always been you, the readers and commenters. I think the thing that makes this place special is the dialogue, the back-and-forth between you and I. That doesn’t happen on every site. In my opinion, some of the big-time bloggers take their commenters for granted. I’m sure I’m guilty of that at times, too, but it was never my intention. I have made a lot of friends through this blog, and when one of them passes away, it affects me in a way I never thought it would. We’ve lost Right Wing Prof, and now we’ve lost DustyVet.
I only knew Richard online, but in the internet age, sometimes online friends can be as special as “real life” ones. DustyVet was always clutch when it came to great story tips, and he always had a joke handy – either for publication here of for my own personal benefit. He was a terrific, down-to-earth person who loved his country very much, and the world is a little worse off without him. Godspeed, DustyVet.
In remembrance of Richard, there will be no more posts today.