Woman pens heartbreaking letter to husband who died in helicopter crash

By Hilda Van Dyk
24 May 2017

"I will miss you every day. Rest in peace my love, with Jesus."

“It’s not an easy road, but we won’t lose courage or hope,” writes Veranda Wentzel whose son suffered serious injuries and whose husband died in a helicopter crash.

On Sunday Veranda wrote a moving post on Facebook after the accident happened close to Heilbron in the Free State.

Douw Wentzel (47), a farmer from the town of Cornelia, his son, also Douw, friend Louw Deale and his son, Andre (14), were on their way back from the Nampo harvest day in Bothaville when their helicopter crashed on a farm outside of Heilbron.

Douw and his son, Douwtjie, had a strong bond. PHOTO: Facebook Douw and his son, Douwtjie, had a strong bond. PHOTO: Facebook

Douw Snr and Andre, a student at Vrede High School, were declared dead at the scene. Louw and Douw junior were both badly injured and rushed to the Netcare Union hospital in Alberton, Gauteng.

After the accident Veranda wrote on her Facebook page that the accident had changed “the lives of her and her children forever.”

She writes that after the crash she was in shock and she needed to keep her ahead above water to survive.

On Facebook she wrote that she watches over little Douw, or Douwtjie in his hospital bed in the intensive care unit day and night.

PHOTO: Facebook PHOTO: Facebook

“My darling husband, friend and anchor, rest peacefully with Jesus,” writes Veranda.

“It is sad for me say that Louw and Maria Deale’s son Andre is with Douw, resting peacefully with Jesus.”

“Our hearts are sore. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.”

“I salute you Douw my husband. You were the best man for me and the best father to our children. I loved you every day with my whole heart. I will miss you every day. Rest in peace my love, with Jesus. I love you always.”

Yesterday Veranda wrote that little Douw had undergone his first operations and that doctors are happy with his condition. He is still ICY but is in a stable condition.

“We love you Douwtjie. Get better soon, we know you will.”

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