Remembering Jarrett Kruse, the Founder of Action Figure Junkies

To All the Members of the AFJ Family,

Well, it is 11 months since Captain Junkie, Jarrett, Head Junkie in Charge, left us.  I didn't write in November because we held an "unveiling" at the cemetery where he lies with my parents.  An unveiling is when we unveil the stone so that people will know where he is and can come to visit him.  MJ and Stephanie helped us with their love, compassion, and emotional support that they have given us since the beginning of this nightmarish journey.  We don't know how we would have gone on without them.  A miracle happened when Jarrett and MJ found each other.  A friendship was born and we are lucky that MJ and Stephanie have become family. How hard they work to help bring Jarrett's and MJ's dream to life.  And all of you out there--the AFJ Family---thank you---thank you---for staying loyal to Jarrett's legacy.  We miss him more than I can even put into words and the disbelief is still very very real and probably will be always.  Papa Junkie and I have learned a lot during these 11 months... we have learned that life goes on... people must go back to their lives, their jobs, their families.  But even going back to all of that, there have been so many of you who have not forgotten us.  Writing a note, a text, a photo, anything just to touch base to let us know that you care how our lives are going on.  You have all touched our hearts and we cannot thank you enough. What we ask is that you never forget Jarrett.  He loved all of you---AFJ, his family, his friends, more than I can tell you.  I saw this every day... the happiness on his face when things were going well and AFJ was growing each day.  Papa Junkie and I will be forever grateful to you for helping to make his last days happy ones.  I also want to thank all of his Wisconsin friends who stuck by him (Tevin) and made that night in New York City one of the happiest of his life.  He came home beaming.  He loved you and loved being together with you.  Those Wisconsin days were the happiest days for him and we are so happy he had the experience. So as I sign off today, I am going to wish all of you a very happy holiday season.  Spend time with your families and friends and cherish every moment together.  A candle burns in our hearts for Jarrett, but unfortunately, our celebrating is on hold... we don't know how to celebrate without him.  Life and holidays won't ever be the same for us but we do hope that all of you will celebrate life, love, family, and friendship... and Captain Junkie, Jarrett.  Please keep a place in your hearts for Jarrett and take a moment every so often to remember him.

Thank you all, always, Mama and Papa Junkie

2 Comments
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    Michelle December 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Beautiful family, beautiful words, Jarrett is surely missed. He was one of a kind!

    Love to you all!

    Michelle (Maldow) Pincus

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    Sandy December 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    OMG. Such beautiful words from you Di. There was an empty space at a Thanksgiving thisyear at Jon’s house without Jarrett. Little did we know that he would be taken from us. We miss you Jarrett and you will always be in our hearts.
    Sandy and Ron

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