Friday, May 29, 2009

We'll Miss You Grandpa

About 10 days after we got back from Spring Break, my grandpa passed away at his home in Salem. He was healthy his entire life up until a few months ago when he took a pretty hard fall and broke a few ribs. He went into the hospital in March because he couldn' t breath and they found that he had an accumulation of blood in his lungs. After spending some time in the hospital, my mom's family decided it would be best for him to be at home. They had a hospital bed in his house and my mom and her brothers and sisters took turns staying with him and taking care of him.

When I was up there during spring break, I had the opportunity to stay with him one evening. I will never forget that experience. I was able to serve my grandpa one last time. I'm so thankful that my grandpa lasted long enough for me to say goodbye to him one last time.

My Dad, brother, Chad, and all the brothers-in-law went down before we left to go back to Vegas from Spring break to give both my grandpa and grandma blessings. It was such a spiritual experience for our family and it gave us all closure to accept his death.

My grandpa was one of the best men I have ever known. He only knew how to work and give service to others. From before I was born to a few months before he died, my grandpa would wake up every morning to go do chores at the dairy. He was always looking for someone in need of his help. He would give up the clothes on his back if it meant someone else could get what they needed. My grandparents were never wealthy, but they always supported all of the their grandkids on their missions and always donated anything extra to the church.

The funeral was awesome. My mom's brothers and sisters all talked about their memories of their dad while growing up. It was fun to hear everyone's own opinion about him and how he treated each of them like they were the favorite. My grandpa fought in WWII so he had the military men there and they shot their guns.

I love you grandpa and I will miss you.

1 comment:

  1. Shar I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. That must have been hard for you. I am glad that you got to spend some time with him before he when on to a better place.