As I got older I learned about what a great man he truly was. I didn't see him as often as I would have liked but I always loved spending time with him. He always seemed to know how to do anything. And he had the kind of quiet humor that I always admired. I could write many things about him but I will share the story that my Aunt Karen shared with me from when my Dad and she were kids:
One Christmas, after all the presents had been opened, my Grandma sighed and when asked what was wrong she explained that she hadn't received the one gift she had really wanted--a leaf for the dining room table--so that they could have more room to eat at the table as a family. She busied herself with making dinner and my Grandfather quietly went down to his shop and came back up a few hours later with a new leaf for the table that fit perfectly.
I share this story because I think this really shows his character. He would do anything to help out his family and to make them happy. He was a wonderful man and I am thankful that I got to be his granddaughter and that he was able to teach my father how to be the great father his is today.
This are examples of the things that he made through the years (the table leaf is sitting next to the horse)