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It’s a question Ashley Sims, 35, of Griffith, recently asked aloud — and then struggled through tears to answer — as she discussed the COVID-19 death of her father, Chris Babbit, 62, of Griffith.
Babbit was a tough Northwest Indiana steelworker who began his career as a laborer in 1976 and worked his way up to supervisor.
His coworkers called him Superman.
He could fix anything and was never afraid to jump into the trenches to help the laborers he led at an East Chicago, Indiana, steel mill.
Though he’d worked his way up to supervisor, he never forgot the rank-and-file where he came from and prided himself on leading by example, his family recalls.
At home, he also was known as a Superman, always jumping in to fix a family member’s broken appliance or clear snow from family driveways on his way to work, Ashley said.
He was a dedicated dad, never missing a youth sports event for his two children and later on for his three grandchildren.
And he was a doting husband, his wife, Louise, recalls.
“If I wanted a room painted, he’d paint it 10 times if I didn’t like the color,” Louise said.
Ashley said her father could meet life’s challenges and shine as a father around every turn.
So when Chris and Louise were both diagnosed with COVID-19 on Nov. 4, it was a blow to the whole family.
After the diagnosis, Louise stayed quarantined in her bedroom and Chris in the family room.
A pulse-oxygen machine at home helped the couple keep tabs on their breathing function.
Chris’ sister, Janee Babbit, a nurse, helped provide guidance.
On Nov. 8, Chris called Ashley in the morning, saying he would be taking Louise to the ER because she was having trouble breathing.
But when Ashley checked on her parents later that day, they were still home, their vehicle still outside the house.
Ashley called from street, and her mom answered the phone gasping for air.