We three girls (me, Adrian and the mums), received this letter from my dad this morning and it was so lovely and eloquent that I had to share it with you all. My dad spent a lot of time when he was a little guy with his grandpa Carl when his dad was away in Vietnam. He became his mentor, his friend and a father figure. He taught my dad (and well all of us really) to always pick up the tab, to always be a part of someone's life who is a little less fortunate than you and that coffee should always come the way you pick your women....hot and bitter ;)
...He would have been 99 years old today--Feb 2. He was born Feb 2, 1914 in Nowata OK. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp because he saw the war coming and he was 30 years old. He didn't want to be a ground pounder...thus he was an informed analyst.
He spent over 30 years in the service, retiring from the Air Force (what the Army air corp became) which meant he had staying power.
He liked pretty girls, fast American cars and all of you girls...which means he was an all American Male and clearly related to your dad--who also likes your mom--the prettiest of all girls!
He was kind and gentle but believed there were things worth fighting for...which means he would be a dinosaur today!
Grandpa liked order and schedules that made sure things were accomplished on time and efficiently. He helped this family a lot and never complained about it.
Girls I know two of you are in Elko doing great things...and mom is taking care of all the things that make our lives work; but take just a minute to remember the man that made sure each of us have the support we need today to make sure everything works. My grandpa Carl was a great man.
We love you, we miss you and we appreciate everything you did for our family Grandpa. You left an amazing legacy and you helped to make our daddy who he is today, who in turn helped make us who we are today. Thank you.
xo xo Liz