Earl M. McKissick
Class of 1940
He very much looked forward to getting back to Canon City for Class Reunions, and he went to great detail to update his yearbook accordingly. He loved the reunions. I was entertained and yet I felt privileged
to have my grandfather confide in me. Incidents which my mom (his daughter) was unaware of. The sparkle in his eye as he recalled these sweet memories was amazing.Then I would hit him with a barrage of questions. (Whose eyes are sparkling now, - as I recall MY OWN sweet memories?) Anyway...
After graduation, he joined the navy and that eventually brought him to a little inlet in the state of Washington, called Puget Sound. He met a red-headed cutie named Betty, that he eventually married and together they had 4 kids: 2 girls, then 2 boys. Betty (my grandmother) was a home maker and one of the best cooks that ever lived. They raised their happy family in the Bremerton area, until Earl got orders to go to Flagstaff AZ. After that they returned to Washington.
Betty had family in both the Bremerton and Olympia area, just south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Family gatherings were often in Olympia, and the family would often attend.
Sadly, Betty passed away in 1975 @ the age of only 47. My grandfather never did have seek relations with another woman. He worked for many years until he retired. Earl than decided he wanted to Umpire some Baseball. He really enjoyed that, and had fond memories of the many games he had "umped". Then he decided to take up oil painting. He wasn't bad at it either.I'd even say talented. He like to do desert scenes OR water falls. I thought that was so paradoxical, dry and wet in extreme.
Look for his name on any oil painting you see that is vibrant and alive. Unfortunately, we lost him in 1983. He was home and he simply put a pillow under his head on the floor and passed. It was sudden and it was very unexpected. His family was DEVASTATED!
~~~ This is for you ~ Grandpa ~ For that reunion you never got to attend.
I love you so much and I miss you every single day.
Carolyn Denise Toliver
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