I have been on the phone and email with my Mom all day today. Her Dad, my Grandpa, passed away early this morning. He was 87 years old and he was battling Alzheimer’s Disease. My Grandpa believed in Jesus and we are at peace knowing he is at peace and he is no longer suffering. To all of my family, I am praying for everyone and I love you. We love you Grandpa and this is for you.
When I was talking to my Mom this morning, she told me how her Dad taught her the Lord’s prayer and she told me how he would pray with her when she was little. My Mom is the oldest among five kids. My Mom and I both shed tears talking about how she said that prayer with him, but I want you to know we mourn with hope. With a great hope that can never be taken away! Those tears have joy in them too because we know that he is in peace at home with his Savior who taught him that prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer:
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into
but deliver us from the evil
Jesus speaking in Matthew 6:9-13
My Grandpa was a kind man. I remember his kindness to me and I still remember him playing guitar to my little sister and I. That’s us in the picture above back in the early 80s enjoying Grandpa’s peaceful playing on his nice acoustic. I always remember him smelling good too. He was a fun guy to be around. I can attribute my love for playing guitar all the way back to watching him play.
Here is my sister and I hanging out with Grandpa in our country gear. Check out my sister’s bonnet. Classic!
My Grandpa served in the Korean War and I would also like to honor his service to our country. He was about 20 years old when he entered the war and he served our country with bravery and honor.
Here is what my Mom emailed me this morning:
“Grandpa was called to active duty from Jan. 29, 52 to Dec 30, 53, but he was a member of the Illinois Army Reserve for 2 ½ years where he also spent time in Japan and was a fireman. In Korea he did the tanks, and ran the electric generators and set up army telephones. I was born while Dad was in the war, so he didn’t see me until I was 11 months old. After the war, he was an electrician, he went to night school. He was an electrician his whole career, at least 40 years. In California he did the bidding for jobs for an electrician company. He was a Corporal at the end of his service. If he were to stay, they were going to make him a Sergeant, but he wanted to come home.”
For his service to our nation in defense of the Korean people my Grandpa earned the Korean Service Ribbon with three Bronze Service Medals, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He served in the First Cavalry Division and he also served as a Fireman in the 8th Regiment’s Headquarters Company. He did his basic training at Fort Knox in 1951. He was also good at fixing generators and the Army telephone lines. He saw brutal combat and he fought for the freedom of the Korean people. My Grandpa courageously put his life on the line for others and I am very proud of him for his service. What a cool guy!
Here is a picture of him coming home from the war on the ship. I think he looks like a movie star.
My sister interviewed my Grandpa about the war when she was in high school. He said his worst memory of the war was seeing his friends and fellow Americans who had died in battle. He said war is a terrible experience. When he came home and arrived back on American soil at the port in Seattle, Washington, the first thing he saw were all the Christmas lights and he was very glad to be back home. When he got back home to Illinois he said the first thing he did was give my Mom a hug. It was his first child and he had never seen her before. I praise God for keeping my Grandpa safe during the war!
My Grandpa was also a Master Electrician and a Pilot after the war. Check out his cool plane. He was a man of many talents!
Here he is doing some work on a grain elevator in town. My Mom said that old grain elevator is still there and she drives by it often.
This is a photo from 1974 from the town paper called The Register Mail. My Grandpa did some electrical work there on a new printing press. I like how those guys are lined up looking at him. You can tell those guys like and respect my Grandpa. He did high quality professional electrical work and he had a good reputation.
Here is my Grandpa as a young boy. He was born in 1931. Good lookin’ lad!
I love this picture from my Grandpa’s 75th birthday party! He always had a great sense of humor.
This is a recent picture of him enjoying time on the water.
We love you Grandpa and we will miss you! I will always remember your kindness and love. We will see you again in the glory of Heaven!
Grace and peace to all of my family! Be at peace knowing he is in perfect peace for all eternity!
I love you all!
“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus speaking in John 3:16