Sunday, January 10, 2010

Great-Grandpa Johnson

A couple months ago, we had the opportunity to travel to Wadena to introduce Ella to her great-grandpa Johnson (Ang's grandpa on her mom's side). Since then we were able to make the trip a couple more times to celebrate both his 89th birthday and Christmas. On Saturday, January 9 we made the trip to Wadena to say goodbye. Great-Grandpa Johnson passed away this week but left many very happy memories.

Great-Grandpa Johnson was born in 1920, served in the Army during World War II, and spent many years traveling during the week for his job. Ang remembers his love of music, cars and gardening, his unending supply of jokes (particularly of Sven & Ole), and story after story of his time during the war. Grandpa began his career as a teacher in small country schools, which was a connecting point for us when we were chatting. He left many great memories, but we will certainly miss him a great deal.

My Grandpa was a pretty classy guy and a very snazzy dresser. You can see a great pics of him in his early years at the beginning of this video tribute (click to be connected to it). My favorites, of course, are with his motorcycles. That must be where my motorcycle roots originated. Thanks for that, Grandpa.

Until we meet again...

Ella hearing her first Grandpa J stories

Grandpa in his chair

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