-was the most honest and ethical man you would ever meet.
-was meticulous, methodical, a perfectionist, patient and kind.
Everything had it's place. He picked up microscopic pieces of lint of the freshly vacuumed floor. Recently, my dad found a file labeled "raincoat" in a filing cabinet full of stuff of my grandfathers-work stuff, bills, etc. He expected to find a warranty for some kind of raincoat. Inside this paper thin file was-a perfectly folded vinyl raincoat. I found a book about math or chemistry or some science today of his today when sorting a box looking for pictures to take to St. Louis. His printing was the neatest printing I have ever seen. It resembled a type writer. The drawings were perfect and exact. There were no eraser marks, no pages missing.
-wore bolo ties and "Mr. Rogers" sweaters. Wore slacks every day. He wore a suit coat and hat when he went out. I never saw him in khakis or jeans-even when doing any type of work around the house.
-collected stamps (and some coins).
-would not let me walk on the (paved) driveway in bare feet. There is a picture somewhere of me with one foot in the grass and one on the driveway looking at him with a glint in my eye.
-started at a chemical company (now Bayer) as a washer of beakers and test tubes while going to college. He retired as Treasurer.
-loved my grandmother. I have pictures of him looking adoringly at her throughout their life together.
-was a gentle, patient man. Never raised his voice to us grandkids-even when obviously annoyed with us.
-was my only grandfather. I have 4 grandmothers that I remember (both of my parent's parents and their parents (in other words-my grandma and great-grandma-from both sides of my family). But only 1 grandfather exists in my memories. The rest were gone before I was born.
My grandpa died yesterday. He joins my grandma, his wife of over 60 years, who died 3 months ago .
He lived a wonderful life. The last couple years he has steadily declined and had his ups and downs, good days and bad days. He was 94. I was blessed to have him as a grandfather.
I miss him...