Dear Tiffany and the Malzhan Family,
This is John Kilgour’s daughter, Erin. My father was the owner of Ditch Witch Equipment of Northern California, before Rob took it over to a new management. John is now deceased. I just read the news of Ed’s passing. I have so many letters written to him, and with each, I was afraid to send because I was afraid that death would be associated with it. Now, he will never know how much I care. I am so sorry. I feel like a part of me is gone. When my father passed, I began to think of him as a grandfather.
We had such a wonderful life in Ditch Witch. I so loved being the daughter of John. We were offered such a special life because of his hard work, and your grandfather’s opportunity to allow him to be a Ditch Witch dealer. I am so sorry for your loss. I really thought I would see Ed again. I am starting to cry. I cannot believe the legacy your grandfather wrote, and the legacy my father was a part of. It is so great, and stronger than anything anyone could imagine.
I don’t know what to say. I am crying. In so many of my letters, I spoke to your grandfather as the friend that my father considered him to be. He was someone special, from the first time I met him in Perry, Oklahoma when I was a little girl. I knew my father thought he was great. I knew he was special. I regret that I didn’t send the letters, and regret that I won’t see him again. He is something that I have been holding onto since my father passed, knowing the special bond that they shared.
Tiffany, you have my deepest sympathy.
Erin, John’s Daughter
Northern California Ditch Witch – 1964 to 1993
~ Erin Kilgour