Family Matters

Grandpa’s Memorial Service

celebration of life

Grandpa’s memorial service was pretty amazing. I wish I would have taken more photos but of course my mind wasn’t on taking photos. So many of his friends showed up. It was a full house which was really neat. Everybody loved my grandpa.

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It was really nice to see so many people I haven’t seen in a long time. After the service everybody hung out for a pot luck dinner and visiting. Several old friends gave me life advice that sort of blew me away. I know we where there to remember my grandfather but it was so much more than that for me. I felt loved and seeing the outpouring of love for my grandpa reminded me of what a great man he really was. It made me want to be like him.

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We had a little slideshow going on during the dinner. It was fun to put together and watch.

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How funny is my dad when he was a teenager? I love old pictures.

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This is how I remember my grandpa most. Not carrying trash but just being helpful and busy. He was very spry up until the very end.

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I miss him but I’m so happy he’s up in heaven where he wanted to be for so long. He was a real born-againer, preaching the gospel all the time, often to my embarrassment I’m ashamed to admit.

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The memorial service was heart-felt by many, in fact it was so heart-felt that it went on for four hours! People just didn’t want to leave. But that’s a good thing. I know it would have made him smile.

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I will always have a clear picture in my mind of my grandpa smiling.

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  • Christine

    What great photos! Is that you and your brother in the second-from-bottom? Such cuties you are! I’m glad you have such lovely memories of your grandpa.

  • a chris

    That’s so sweet. Sounds like the best kind of memorial.

    I don’t know if it’s just my mood, but I really like the four photos at the end. It seems to me not many of those old wartime portraits have smiles in them — your grandpa gives four different smiles for four photos. Charming. :)

  • Linda

    Tahnks for sharing, soudn like it was a great tribute to a great man.
    Hope you are coping well with this loss

  • Erica

    Brought tears to my eyes…FOUR hours for a memorial service…wow! What an amazing man you had the privilege of being your grandpa. It’s never too late to follow in his footsteps in any way you see fit. Hugs for your loss. Thanks for sharing.

  • Janna

    I LOVE this post! Each time I read a post about your family I am all teared up. I am so sorry for your loss, but it is so fun to reflect and remember…especially on a wonderful man.

  • OMSH

    When I go home to be with the Lord I want a CELEBRATION of my life – like what y’all did for your Grandpa. THAT is the joy and peace of a life with Christ. You KNOW you’ll see him again and you know he is perfectly healed now.

  • Jenni H.

    Love it!! So precious! I love the four pics of your Grandpa at the end….Adorable:) What a beautiful way to celebrate a life:)

  • TexasLea

    It says alot about someone that their service went on for 4 hours. I think celebrating a life well lived is the best way to honor someones memory.
    What a remarkable man, and you were lucky enough to call him Grandpa!