I received a call at 6:15 am from my mom letting me know that my grandpa passed away at 3:30 this morning in the hospital. His congestive heart failure caused his heart to just stop. I am sad. We will no longer hear those long time ago stories. That generation in our family is gone. Grandma passed away unexpectantly of a heart attack 5 years ago in April.
A memorial/visitation will be held Sunday from 2-5 pm in Washington, Missouri. He had already planned long ago to donate his body to SLU.
We decided to tell the older boys after school about great grandpa so they can process the information over the weekend with us. Please pray they process his death well. Cole internalizes things. Carter wears his emotions on his sleeve. I am concerned about both.
I am just sad. Grandpa was like a father to me. He came home early from work to immobilize my arm after I broke it at his home on Purina Farms. I even cut wood with him in the back woods of the farm. I had a competition with him on who could carry the heaviest log to his truck. I have wonderful childhood memories. I am thankful I had so many years (into adulthood) with my grandparents. It is a blessing.
Today has been a day of rememberance. I look forward to digging into pictures for his Sundday memorial later.
Marion Lee Johnson was a grandpa who loved me. He will be missed.