On April 21st, 2002 it was just another reenactment event at the Old Mahaffie Stagecoach stop in Olathe, Kansas.I photographed the battle as I normally do and got these above three photos shot along with dozens of other sub-jects. Little did I know at the time that this gentleman would be on his death bed only a few short days following this event. I received word that he was suffering from lung cancer and would not be expected to continue much longer. Twelve days later I was informed that he indeed had lost his battle with cancer. Although I never personally met Mr.Paul Imler, I did feel a connection by having taken his photograph more than once. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. -Ruben Gusman
Paul was an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance but his passion was Civil War re enacting.
He was a member of The Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association, Gates First Missouri Cavalry and was one of the first members of The Friends of the Anderson House at The Battle of Lexington. Paul enriched the lives of all who knew him.Those of us who called him friend, are proud to have had the honor. -Bob Eckhoff
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed-in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory". O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"
( 1 Cor.15:51-55 )
Condolences may be sent to Mrs.. Anne Imler, 23279 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO. 65301
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