A sword and part of a motorcycle – those are the only signs one of John Regelbrugge Jr.’s sons has been able to find of another.
“All I can do is hope and pray and burn up my rosary beads praying that they find him alive,” said Regelbrugge Jr.
As a father, that’s where he’s set his hopes, as his 49-year-old namesake, his son’s wife Kris and nearly 180 others remain the subject of a massive search through a mountain of mud in Oso, Wash.
“John shouldn’t have been there. Him and Kris were headed to Seattle to haul some garbage for (daughter) Sarah but he slept in,” Regelbrugge said.
Despair literally slid into the Esparto father’s heart mid-morning Saturday when a mudslide equivalent to a square mile crushed the home of his namesake.
Earlier this month, John Regelbrugge III had just taken over as Officer in Charge for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Detachment in Everett.
That was the latest achievement in a Naval career that spanned 30 years.
“He had over 20 years out to sea. Every little war zone that they’ve had in the last 30 years he’s been there. If anything was gonna happen you’d thought it’d happen then, not this,” Regelbrugge said.
The missing Regelbrugge and his wife have five children – only one of whom lives at home,
Scotty Regelbrugge left his family’s Oso house to go to work before the slide.