My Grandpa was a kind and gentle man.

 

He helped to instill these qualities in his two sons - my Uncle Chuck, and my Dad (Ken). I'd like to think that someday, somewhere, someone will refer to me in the same way, because of kind of life that my Grandpa led and the example he set.

 

Grandpa passed away this past Sunday at the age of 86, at his home in Concordia. His ongoing family are my Grandma Eleanor, his brother Donald, his three sisters - Mina, Evonne, and Betty, his two sons, four grandchildren (Amy, Sam, LeAnn, and myself) and two great grandchildren - Ashley, and Tobey.

 

Grandpa was the original Wayne. His name lives on in three generations - my Father's - Kenneth Wayne, mine - Samuel Wayne and Alan Wayne, and now in his great grandson Tobey Wayne. We sometimes referred to Grandpa as "the Chief Wayne".

 

I am grateful for the many years I had to get to know and spend with my Grandpa. I realize how fortunate I am to have had so many years, as not everyone gets that kind of luxury with their grandparents. Some of my favorite memories are from growing up. The many things he built for my sister and I - the climbing bears that he created with a little wood and string, the rubber band shooter, the wooden arrow launcher, and my favorite - the periscope built with cardboard and mirrors. The last item sustained us during many of the long trips from Illinois or Colorado to visit Grandpa and Grandma in Concordia, Kansas. The hand-made building blocks that Grandpa acquired from a friend shaped my childhood playtime and provided untold hours of creative time for my sister and I. I also freely admit that Grandpa helped shape my sense of humour - the telling of timely puns is a key part of being a "Wayne". The many Switzer family reunions that I've attended over the years have helped create a strong sense of family, and the fact that little in life is more important than your family.

 

 

If you would like to honor Grandpa thru a memorial, there are three choices:

 

First United Methodist Church
11th and Highland
Concordia, KS 66901

 

Boy Scout Troop 31
Care of First United Methodist Church
11th and Highland
Concordia, KS 66901

 

Cloud County Historical Museum
635 Broadway
Concordia, KS 66901

 

So, I leave you with a very fitting final thought - a photo album. Click below, opens in new window.


 

Because, after all - Grandpa is "Switzer's For Pictures!"

If you have pictures you would like to contribute, please send them to alanw@alanswitzer.com and I will add them to the gallery.