When he married his bride, he also married her 5 (count 'em FIVE) children. And then had 4 more with her.
I was never sure what he did exactly, but it had something to do with computers - back before computers were common. Back when they filled a room. So I was sure he must be very smart.
He would serenade little girls with songs like "You are my sunshine"
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He smoked constantly. I remember him tearing the filters off his cigarettes when he couldn't buy them without any more.
He was tall and thin and always wore a cowboy hat.
Because of both the above things - my sisters and I used to say he was like the real life Marlboro Man.
He lived in exotic places like... New Mexico!
And took me to see new places... like White Sands and across the border to Mexico.
And then he lived in an RV, traveling the country. How cool was that?!?
He always seemed bigger than life. Until today. It's hard to believe that now he is gone.
RIP Grand-daddy. You'll always be my sunshine.