We lost our Father/Father-in-law yesterday. Pawpaw (as the boys called him), had a long hard battle with cancer, diabetes, dialysis, infections and finally heart failure. Though, as I type all those horrible diseases I still can’t believe he is gone. He was a fighter, his body was failing him, but he did want to believe it either. He still pictured himself as that young, robust, strong, 30 year old that could and would do anything necessary to work and provide for his rather large family.
I’ll never forget the day I first met the whole family (4 boys, 2 girls), I absolutely fell in love with them. That proud look on Pop’s face, he created these wonderful people, provided for them when times were tough and look how great they all turned out (he would say, with a smile). They were his pride and joy.
And, he would be quick to remind you he couldn’t have done it alone, he has a stubborn as a billy goat wife (he meant in the sweetest way) to stand by his side, and boy, did she ever. She was there every single second of everyday he was in the hospital, we would try to get her to go home for the night to rest and take a break, but she wouldn’t leave him. They had a solid marriage, nothing would pull it apart.
As father-in-laws go, I would say I got pretty lucky. He loved me like I was his own. He was my ultimate vegetable gardening mentor. Any question I could have about why a plant was growing or dying, he knew. I just might have to buy a gardening book now, dang. He gave me my first chickens and started my love for them. All things chickens and farm animals in general he knew and loved.
He loved my boys and they loved him. He would light up like a Christmas tree when ever he saw them, any pain or discomfort he was feeling immediately went away (or at least we never saw it). He’d love hearing stories about his little monkeys. And man, do they love going to Pawpaw’s house.
But, one of the best things he ever did in his life is create my husband. How could I not love the man who gave my husband life. But that’s not all, he gave him a stable secure home, advice through out the years (though DT will be the first to admit he might not have always taken his advice), his love for animals, gardening, hard work, big equipment, and family.
Please send a prayer up for our family during this sad time. His funeral arrangements and obituary information is here.