Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death…
Mr. Henry Thomas Tuttle was gathered into the embrace of his loving Savior on December 8, 2018, with his mom and dad at his side. He was almost three and had fought against brain cancer for more than half his life.
Born at 26 weeks on December 15, 2015, to Miles Benjamin Tuttle and Elizabeth Jayne Tuttle, Henry’s home was in Woodland Park, Colorado. Despite his struggle, he was full of joy and light and deep sweetness. He never met a stranger and fell in love with anyone who would hold him. We know that God uses our struggles to make us more like Him; Henry never seemed to have far to go.
Henry led a busy life, often running after his big brother Ben, opening cabinets, going on stroller rides, having bathtime with his brother, and enjoying as many picture books as anyone would read to him, which was his favorite thing, guaranteed to keep him rapt for hours on end. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Henry got to go horseback riding in Breckenridge and boating on Lake Dillon.
Henry seemed to make an impact on everyone who met him. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and kindness inspired by our beautiful boy’s journey. Last year Dutch Brothers Coffee on Platte rallied the community with the help of Dianne Derby and KKTV and raised over $13,000 for Henry, and even after that, so many people reached out to offer prayers, support, or just kind words to remind us that they were lending their hearts as our family walked this steep, rough path.
Although we’re sad that Henry isn’t here with us, we know that he’s being held now in the biggest, strongest, warmest arms of all. In the words of Charles Spurgeon, “Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon them to be the bass part of our life’s song, ‘He hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.'” We are grateful that he was lent to us for a little while and live in joyful anticipation seeing him again.
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
– John Donne, Holy Sonnet 10
Henry’s presence filled countless hearts during his short time here with us. Even though they ache terribly for him now, they’re bigger for having made room for him, and so his mission continues. Here are only a few: his grandparents, Ann Osborne and Roger and Sherry Tuttle; his parents, Miles and Lisa Tuttle; his big brother, Benjamin Tuttle; his aunts and uncles, Betsy and Cody Green, Brittany and Andy Lindberg, and Paul Tuttle; his five cousins; and a host of family friends too numerous to mention who have poured into Henry’s life.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, Januray 5, 2019 at the Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Dr, Woodland Park, Colorado 80863. All are welcome to pleas attend.
Arrangements are under the direction of Return to Nature Funeral Service, Canon City, Colorado www.returntonaturecolorado.com