|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1928|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 2010|
My Grandpa was born premature and was only 3 lbs. His survival was a miracle. He was the son of Chester Earl Maynard and Jessie Mae Hammond, who died of cancer at the young age of 45. My Grandpa was only 4 when she died. He got along okay. His dad remarried. He married a recently widowed, Edna Foland. They lived happily together until he died in 1965. My Grandpa met my Grandma at a restaurant where she worked. She would make him lunch every day to take to work. They married on October 26, 1956. She was 19 and he was 29. There was an obvious age difference, but they were two peas in a pod. In 1957, my dad was born. He was their first child. A year and six days later, my aunt was born. My uncle was born in 1962, my aunt in 1968, and my aunt in 1971.
Their first Grandchild came in 1986. Their next one was in 1988, then in 1993, 1995, 3 in 1997, 2003, and the last one came in 2005. Life out on the farm for us grandchildren, was all that we could ask for- Grandma's cooking, Grandpa's walks in the woods.
My Grandpa loved to garden, fish, mushroom hunt, read, cook on the grill, and be with his family. We would always have a lot of fun with him.
Their house was built in the early 60's. It is still there. They built it themselves and lived in it until 2005, when they had another house built right next to the old one.
Those were some pretty dang good times. Then Grandpa got sick. He had his heart attack, that only changed his health, not his spirits. He sort of declined from then on, but still did the things that he loved. My parents and my brother and me moved back home and we saw him way more.
Lets skip ahead a few years.
I consider myself lucky, because I got to spend 12 great years with my Grandpa. On Thursday, March 18, He started to get sick. It seemed that he had pneumonia. Grandma took him to the doctor that day. There was nothing. Later that afternoon, it was full blown. We started to get worried. One of his granddaughters came to visit him that day. By the next day, he had worsened immensely. Later on Saturday, we went in to tell him goodbye and that we would see him tomorrow and that we hoped that he felt better. He said bye and fell asleep. Later on, another granddaughter went in to tell him goodbye, and he was acting kind of funny. They ended up taking him to the hospital that night.
We went to see him the next day, and he responded well. By that night, he couldn't talk. Earlier in his life, he got Asbestos particles in his lungs. Later on, he developed Mesothelioma. When the pneumonia hit, his lungs were so weak, that it just took him. Anyway, the next day (Monday, March 22), we were all pulled from school. We received the horrible news: he wasn't going to make it. We went to the hospital, where the Rev. gave him his last rites. We were told that he may last only two hours. But instead, he lasted a good 16. We stayed up all night, laughing, crying, and reminiscing. We were awakened on March 23, 2010 at about 3:15 a.m., with the news: Grandpa had passed away at 3:05 in the morning.
In the end, he had 19 nieces and nephews, 9 grandchildren, 5 children, a wife who loved him very very much, and 6 dogs who were always following close at his side.
My Grandpa always said, after he had his heart attack and his other health problems, that "I look good for the shape that I'm in!"
My Grandpa was in the the United States Navy as a gunner's mate during the Korean War on the USS Leary.
Hobbies: Reading, gardening, woodworking, and making wine.
Married: 54 years to Jacqueline Schweitzer.
Children: 5; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.
Nieces and Nephews: over 40 including great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Siblings: 1; step-brother.
Other family: special cousin, Margaret, and her children.
Preceded in death: Parents, Chester and Jessie (Hammond); step-mother, Edna (Knopp, Foland); in laws, Arvid and Katie (Garrett)
Thank you Debbie (D C) for sponsoring my Grandpa Elmer. It means so much!
Chester Earl Maynard (1886 - 1965)
Jessie M Hammond Maynard (1887 - 1932)
Maintained by: Guy Maynard
Originally Created by: Cemetery Census Enumerat...
Record added: Mar 24, 2010
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