“The Greatest Generation” lost another of its own yesterday.
Motor Man’s father passed away at home in the early morning hours. He was 91.
Pop was an infantryman, serving in France and Germany during World War II. He received many honors and medals, including a Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
He was married to his bride (who survives him) for 71-plus years.
They were parents to four children, Motor Man being the only son.
Every time Marshall visited, the first and last thing he did was shake Pop’s hand. Pop would say: “Hello, Marshall. And how’s your behavior?”.
This is a favorite picture, taken at the celebration of “Mom” and “Pop’s” 69th anniversary in 2011.
Pop was great grandaddy (“Gee-Gee”) to four little ones, with a fifth expected next spring. And, oh, how he adored those great grands.
A true Southern gentleman, a man of few words (which made what he did say even more noteworthy), a proud American and a loving and much-loved family man.
Long before we’re ready, we sadly say good-bye,
but there are those in a far better place
who are softly whispering: “welcome home”.