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Grandpa Johnny

Wednesday 16 May 2012 - Filed under Uncategorized

My grandpa Johnny passed away last night (Tuesday 15th). Yep. I know I said in the last post that we visited him yesterday. We did. It was to say goodbye though because he had been bedridden and we knew it was about time. He was 91. His birthday was on Monday. He was a good man. 91 is a pretty long life.

I’m sad yes. He had some sort of dementia or alzheimers so it had probably been a few years since he knew who I was. I mention this because it has added a layer of confusion as a mourner.

Our boys always cheered him up in the last few years and that was fun to watch. He often wondered who’s kid G was and who had let him loose in the house.

Grandma Gertrude died in 2005, so what’s the math?… 7 years later he died. 7 years is a long time to be without your soul mate. Surely they are together now again. I don’t think I have any blog posts from back when she died. There were a few holes in the 2005 journal postings.

I am trying to get a picture of what I’ll remember about him. Fond memories of them coming over when we were kids and us going to their house. Thanksgivings in White Salmon. I don’t remember too many one on one conversations with him but I know there were some.

Grandpa Johnny was a hard worker. I hope to take that example. He was in the Navy fighting during WWII. He worked for Cascade Natural Gas as a serviceman when my mom and her sisters were growing up. He was a commercial fisherman in Alaska. He worked repairing boats/ship engines for an Alaskan company until retirement. He built their house in the Columbia gorge.

He really liked pancakes! I will remember that. He called them hot cakes though I think. I made the boys pancakes this morning in Grandpa’s honor.

I’ve got some video from the gorge years. I should dig it up and let it see the light of day again.

Yeah. I don’t know. Words given and words received during these times of deaths in the family are strange.

Sure we all mean well I guess.

Love ya grandpa Johnny! May 14, 1921 – May 15, 2012.

2012-05-16  »  Noodle

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