Grandpa was a man of integrity who loved his family fiercely and passed down simple yet important life lessons. My dad tells a story about helping grandpa¬†wash borrowed farm tools¬†before they returned it to a neighbor. “Why are we cleaning this?” he asked. “It was dirty when we got it. Always return something a little better than you found it,” was Grandpa’s only reply. A week after Grandpa’s funeral, I helped my dad vacuum, wash, and refuel a car he had borrowed from a friend. After accepting the vehicle, the friend leaned over to me and remarked, “Whenever I loan something to your dad, I know it will come back in even better shape.” And that is my grandpa’s legacy. He left the world just a little better than he found it. I hope I can do the same.

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