Ropey Thrunk

I remember my father once said “when you get to a certain age you read the obituaries before you scan the sports pages.” That has been somewhat true for me lately as another friend died on Saturday. Robert”Ropey”Thrunk was a high school friend and an unbelievable athlete. You name the sport, and Ropey excelled without effort, or sometimes without training. The first time he ran the hurdles he won the state championship. The most endearing quality despite all the accolades and glory was his humility. He was an outstanding teammate and friend who never took the fame too seriously. I gather the last part of his life was painful, and I am glad he is no longer suffering. Rest in peace Ropey and thanks for the memories.

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