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 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 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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.