It was such an honor to know "Gran Gran." I extend my thoughts and prayers to each member of the family.
I too called this man Gran Gran. But I first knew him as "Truck". I may have given him the name Gran Gran, I am not sure, but "truck" obviously did not stick. But, I did learn to drive while sitting in his lap on his tractor and eventually in his lap, in his truck. My greatest memories are on the farm with him and Nanny. Vangie and I could do anything we wanted. We would even get to bathe outside in the washtub but would die if Gran Gran saw us naked. We could hear him snoring all the way on the other side of the house. He grew the best vegetables and made the best canned sausage you could ever eat. I never, ever heard my Gran Gran say an angry word or a cuss word. He was such a special man to his family, his friends and his country. He didn't speak much about his time in the war until one holiday, maybe Easter, he sat at the dining room table and told us of his experiences and what he had seen. He must have talked for a couple of hours. I asked him that day, why he had never told me those stories before. He said it wasn't the time. I am so thankful for the time I had with my Gran Gran. I will cherish the years and the memories forever. I can only hope that David will be half the man that Gran Gran was.
The world lost a very good man. He extended kindness when no one could fault him if he chose not to.
Prayers for my Aunt Lorene, who I love dearly. Jim and I loved Ed's military stories of his years of service to our country. What a kind and loving man. We all look forward to Heaven, Jesus and the reunion with loved ones. Such peace knowing the joy Ed must be experiencing now!!
Gran Gran shared a story with me one time about his experience during the war that has stuck with me to this day. Since I am incapable of telling a story as well as him, I will do my best to paraphrase. He and his platoon were somewhere in Europe and had captured some German soldiers. They were marching the prisoners to an Allied base where they could be detained. Gran Gran explained that the German soldiers had given themselves up because they were cold and hungry. He did not want to see anyone starve, so he let them stop at an apple orchard along the way to pick some apples. They were very grateful by his gesture and proceeded to eat their fill. I asked him why he let those prisoners stop and eat, and he told me because they were men just like him with wives and kids back home and that they did not want to be there fighting him just as much as he did not want to be there fighting them. He knew this because he talked to them and shared photos with them; and when he did, he found the good in them. I strive to teach my children to be as kind as Gran Gran because doing so will bring out the very best in everyone around them. The other moral to his story was that if you are going to give your sworn enemy food to eat to prevent them from starving it might as well be green apples. He will be greatly missed.
I always enjoyed being in the company of Ed, Sam and Willy as they enlightened us of the years of World War II and the battles they encountered. Very young in age at this time, but they loved our Nation and were proud to have served in the defense that won The War. Ever faithful to the USA! Love to you, Lorene and Family. ~Loretta
Lorene, you and your family have been treasured friends to Jolene and me for many years, and Bro Ed certainly became included in that friendship circle. We will miss him. I regret that previous commitments will prevent us being with you all during Ed's visitation and Homegoing Service. Our love and prayers are with you.
Ed always had such a contagious smile! He is no doubt celebrating with His Lord Jesus today!
Ed was a blessing in my life and especially my extended Family's life. Life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to Dance in the Rain. Ed danced everyday! I know he is dancing with Jesus today.
I was blessed enough to call this man Gran Gran. He will be missed so very much! I could not have asked for a better grandfather.
Ed was one of the finest men I have been blessed to encounter. He has been a true blessing for my mother, my sons and for me. I thank God he has been a part of our lives for the past 26 years.