Grandpa was a life long advocate of 4-H and a Club leader for 60 years.  He loved livestock and shared that passion with his daughters, grandchildren, and 4-H kids.

Grandpa’s 1st 4-H project.

Grandpa showed cattle all over the United States.  He went to Chicago and told stories about Seward County renting a train car to trasport livestock to the show.

State Fair holds a strong family tradition for us.  Grandpa won Beef Showmanship and had Reserve Steer two years in a row.

Grandpa loved Angus Cattle.

Teaching 4-H kids at a fitting clinic.

Grandpa volunteered for active duty in World War II.  He was with the Signal Corps of the Air Force and flew 26 missions over Europe as a radio operator.

Grandpa had a trick horse named Sally.  They performed at rodeos.

Grandpa and Sally

Grandpa never missed a County Fair and only missed one State Fair during the years Sister and I were in 4-H and FFA.  He came to as many shows as he could and we loved to see him sitting in the grandstand.

Sister, Grandpa and I at the County Fair.

County Fair, Sister’s last year of 4-H.

I would always find Grandpa and made a point to watch the Shorthorn show with him.  Mom and I have a soft spot for the beautiful red and white cattle.  Grandpa always missed pronounced the breed by replacing the “or” in short with an “it”.  For my High School graduation Mom and I spent many hours baking and decorating sugar cookies to look like Shorthorns.  Grandpa took one look at our creations and refused to eat them!

High School Graduation

Grandpa was the kind of man who fried eggs in bacon grease for breakfast every morning.  He kept the makings for a red beer on hand to enjoy after a long day in the field.  Grandpa taught us that “food is always a good investment.”

Grandpa and I at a Club Calf Sale.

Grandpa got me a Rat Terrier for Easter.

Grandpa was a man of strong faith.  He loved his family.  Grandpa farmed the land and cared for his livestock.  He was a leader and war hero.

Me, Sister, Mom, and Grandpa: Three generations of Nebraska State Fair Champion Beef Showmen.

This post is to honor a wonderful individual born July 15, 1912; Grandpa joined his creator on January 19, 2004.  We love and miss Grandpa and we cherish the time we had with him.

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9 Responses to Grandpa

  1. Aunt Linda says:

    Thanks for putting this together. We all still miss him very very much.

    • Robyn says:

      I called Mom this morning to apologize in advance for making her cry. Every time I work on and look at this post I shed tears.

  2. Geraldine Peck says:

    This brings a lot of memories of the fairs back to me. 4H is one of the best organizations that was ever started. What anwonderful tribute to your Grandfather, Robin.

  3. Katie says:

    Beautiful post, Robyn… I miss him SO much!

  4. Are you serious? That picture of your Grandpa and Sally is INCREDIBLE!! Love it! He sounds like he was quite a character. Thanks for linking up with Memory Lane Friday.

    • Robyn says:

      Lisa, Thanks for the comment! We have a few cool picts of Grandpa and Sally. The one on this post has always been my favorite.

  5. Sonya says:

    What great memories and photos of your grandfather!

  6. Marcie says:

    Loved this post!

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