...So it's taken me longer than I would have liked, but I thought I'd share some pictures from Granddad's memorial service for those family members who were not able to attend. If you're one of my regular blog readers then I hope you enjoy getting to know my roots a little more. Granddad's obituary can be found here. If you knew Granddad personally and would like a CD with all of the pictures from his service and his last day please send me an email at pollycarlson (at) gmail (dot) com with your address and I will send you one. There are many more pictures that I didn't include in this blog post.
My extended family has always lived spread out across the country, so we got to see a lot of family we hadn't seen in years. There were lots of pictures taken...
It was really touching to see just how many people came out to celebrate my Granddad's life. My grandparents moved to the small town of Colville 10 or 15 years ago to retire. The fell in love with the community and it was clear that the community had fallen in love with them. The community hall was packed with friends and neighbors.
My Granddad was drafted into the army during the Korean War and my uncle and most of cousins have joined different branches of military service, so Granddad had representatives from the Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard there.
My mom recited Crossing the Bar by Tennyson because my Granddad loved sailing.
My cousin sang a worship song that he had written himself.
The community hall where the service was held bore many markings of my Granddad. He and Nana had been members of the hall community club nearly their entire time living on Colville. One friend pointed out the perfectly straight tile in the kitchen as having been put in under my Granddad's painstaking direction. The chair caddies we put the chairs away on as we were cleaning up had been built by Granddad and he had also been helpful in getting the hall a new roof. This was also where they held their 50th wedding anniversary party.