My father went to be with the Lord almost three years ago now. He was able to be with the saints, on All Saints' Day, of 2013. He was still doing ministry right up to lunch the day he died. He was meditating on Psalm 100 "I will come into His courts with praise and thanksgiving" when he died. He told anyone that asked, and many that didn't ask!, that he had been in ministry for over 50 years and he was finally going to meet the Boss. It is very easy to celebrate his life with these memories.
Please understand. I was his primary care giver during the last 10 plus years of his life. We had our difficulties, then and when I was younger, but that is part of the story. Some of you knew my Dad and knew he could give me a hard time. He didn't care where we were when he did it either. I could be in the middle of my sermon and he would "bug" me (Trust me! I could get him back!!). I tried, on several occasions, to give him away. There were times I was ready to try the "Ransom of Red Chief" with him. But all of these things are part of the story -- just ask!
So..... I say again. If your father is still with you -- hug him, call him and ask HIM about the stories.