I have been missing my grandfather and thinking about him a lot lately. I wanted to share with you posts from a couple years ago. Enjoy!
My grandpa Wilt passed away last night. I am super super sad, confused, troubled, mad and brokenhearted.
Thinking about all the fun we had together as a family. Thanksgiving and Christmas at your house, all us kids playing with our new toys in the basement with all your horse show trophies. I was so proud of you and still are. Playing BINGO and building puzzles during the holidays will be greatly missed.
Vacationing every other Christmas to West Palm Beach with the family and going to our favorite restaurant for our grand feast. Watching the manatees with you on the porch and talking about baseball and how spring training was going.
Being so excited for October to come so we could go to the American Quarter Horse Congress. Being able to brag to my friends how you were the President and in the Hall of Fame!
Missing the barn, horses and playing around with the kittens in the attic amongst the hay. I love horses because of you. I keep telling Patrick I want ONE. Maybe someday.
Loving how you turned your Suburbans into Cadillacs by switching out the Chevy decals for Cadillac. Remember telling everyone I knew you created the Escalade and telling them the story. It makes me laugh to this day. Then you pretending you were a race car driver showing us how fast your cady could go down the highway. We thought that was so cool.
Thank you for buying me a car that got me to Arizona, thank you for helping my savings account, thank you for just being there when I needed you.
I will remember so many great times with you but, I know you are in a safer place and with the woman of your dreams. She has been watching over me since I was born. You have been waiting for each other and it brings me peace to know you are back together!
I am so honored to be a part of you so thanks for bringing mom into the world who brought me into it too!
I love you and always will, your granddaughter.
“ My Grandpa ”
There came the day you went away
But only from sight and sound
I felt my heart break as your soul departed
From that cold, empty ground
You meant more to me than words could say
You filled me with so much love
Each and every time I look to the stars,
I know that you’re above
I can feel you watching over me
I hear your soothing voice
God left us here for some unknown plan
Its not for us to ask why
I know you want me to remember you,
And recall every time you smiled
Your smile lighted so many rooms
And even many more hearts
I thank God each and every day
That you were an important part
You gave me something that no-one-else would
The love of you “My Grandpa” because no-one-else could.
Author~Shirley Ann Parkerson
PAUL W. WILT 80, of 138 Independence Ct. Sidney and former Botkins resident, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at his residence.
He was born on September 13, 1927 in Dinsmore Twp. the son of the late Clarence and Clara (Fogt) Wilt.
In 1950 he married Carol Ann (Henkener) Wilt who preceded him in death on August 10,1979. He is survived by 1 Son, William Wilt and his wife Diana of Botkins, OH. 2 Daughters, Karen Vikre of Powell, OH. and Debra and husband Robert Kozyak of Caseyville, IL. 7 Grandchildren, Kendra Wilt, Gina (Rigo) Monzalvo, Liza (David) Sharp, Noelle (Patrick) Espy, Robyn Vikre, Eric Vikre and Justin Kozyak. 3 Great Grandchildren, Natalia Cruz, Christian Monzalvo and Elle Espy.
2 Sisters, Mrs.Robert (Doris) Rotterman of Kettering, OH. and Esther Mannix of Dayton, OH. and his wife Nancy (Hewitt) Wilt.
Mr.Wilt was preceded in death by 2 Brothers, Roger and Kenneth Wilt and 1 Sister, Evelyn Mosier.
Paul owned and operated Harry’s Paint Shop and Wilt Homes in Botkins for 32 years, before retiring in 1982. He moved to Sidney and established Wilt Quarter Horses and spent many years raising and showing registered American Quarter Horses.
He was an avid player of league baseball as a young man before he enlisted in the US Army in March of 1946.Paul served in the Counter Intelligence Corp. in Japan, reporting directly to General MacArthur.
Paul was a member of the St.Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins, the Sidney American Legion Post #217 and the Sidney VFW Post. He was a life member and an approved judge for the American Quarter Horse Assoc., Palomino Horse Breeders Assoc. and the National Reining Horse Assoc. He was also a member of the National Snaffle Bit Assoc.and the Ohio Quarter Horse Assoc.He was past president of OQHA and a tri-chairman for 17 years of the largest single breed horse show in the world, the All American Quarter Horse Congress, held in Columbus annually. He was also a National Director and Honorary Vice President for the American Quarter Horse Assoc. and had been inducted into the Ohio Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
Funeral Services will be held Monday at 10:30 A.M. at the St.Paul Lutheran Church, Botkins,OH. with the Rev. Robert Carter and Dr. Keith Wagner officiating.
Burial will be at Loramie Valley Cemetery in Botkins. Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 5 P.M. at the Cromes Funeral Home 302 S.Main Ave. Sidney,OH.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that Memorials be made to the St.Paul Lutheran Church building fund in memory of Paul W. Wilt. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the Wilt family at our website, http://www.cromesfh.com
After waking up yesterday, I took pictures of baby Robin birds on my moms back porch laying in the nest of a flower pot. We get to Botkins and my uncles one Mare had a baby the night before. The colt was left at the vet, since he is not able to watch her closely. However, my sister, cousin and I stopped at the barn and checked out the other Mare and her baby. I took some great pictures of them as well!
Returned to my moms house, my sister, Elle and I went for a walk. As we got onto the golf course, we spotted five deer. Of course I took pictures, they are so beautiful. We all walked down to a creek and Elle and I hopped onto a rock in the middle and sat. Elle loved it, the sound of the water is so peaceful, we all needed it.
Walking back to the house, I joked with my sister about how today I took a bunch of pictures of wildlife. LIFE, the animals just reminded me that reproduction is what we live for. So going through my grandfathers situation, LIFE and everything about it, is what is pulling me through.
Driving to Sidney yesterday, I was so sick. Having no sleep and thinking about what really happened in grandpas case, drove me to insomnia. Feelings of sadness and confusion are things I had never felt before. Being with the rest of my family made things harder, but overall much better.
Knowing my mother wanted so badly to see grandpas face made me want to as well. I was shocked to see the casket closed at the viewing. You should have seen all the people that came to support us and send their condolences. I believe we had over two-hundred people who knew grandpa from their love of horses; or people he had built homes for many years ago. There were so many people that grandpa touched throughout his life, it made me so proud to be his granddaughter.
Meeting new people that I had heard stories about and finally getting to put a name with a face. People also many stories they shared with us, that we had never heard. Seeing relatives I had not seen in years, brought me back to those fun days. It made me really realize that family will and does always come first.
So, we came back home last night after dinner with our family. Again no sleep for me. I was either again trying to figure out this case or mentally talking with my grandparents. Then Elle awoke at 4am and slept with Patrick and I. It felt so good:)
We arrived at the church where my grandparents, my mom and her siblings went and it was a familiar scene. Watching the pallbearers carry grandpa up to the hall, then standing waiting to have my time with him. I could not handle myself, I kept telling myself “its okay,” but in reality it wasn’t. My mom and Grandma Nancy had come up and told me to always remember the good times. I constantly do and have for years. Its like I have a recorded VHS tape in my head.
I had not seen my grandpa for years and it tears me apart. It pained me when I would be on the plane headed back to Phoenix. Another trip and no visit with grandpa. I can’t blame myself, but its hard. He never met Patrick or Elle in real life, only through pictures I would send.
The funeral was so beautiful, I had never been to one quite like it. I just can’t even put it into words. At the cemetary we said our last goodbyes to grandpa. This was also a hard time for me, because I had never been to my grandmas grave. Her and grandpa now rest side by side! I pulled off a white rose from the bouquet on grandpas casket and laid it down on grandma side. Then pulled another one and brought that home with me.
I feel so much better after seeing where they are. The land they have is pretty, overlooking their town, family and all the things they love together. You could not ask for anything better for two people you love dearly.
Grandpa’s caregiver told me that grandpa had Elles pictures on top of the TV and Patrick and I’s on his dresser. She also told us(grandkids) how super proud he was of us. He never ever missed a birthday or Christmas, we would always get a card with a surprise. I know he loved us so very much.
What made my day brighter was going with Grandma Nancy to the vets stables to see the newest baby in the family. One of my uncle Bills and Grandma Nancy’s mares had a baby Thursday night. They named him Big Brown or we call him “Pablo” for grandpa. He was so worried about this baby for quite sometime. Grandma said he would call her all worried and have to run over to the barn to check on it(well the mother). The mother was not showing good signs of a healthy pregnancy and it scared him. Everything turned out great, he is so sweet.
We walked around the barn, I touched every horse there and feed a few. There was another horse I was fond of, she is a Thorobred and just massive. I fed her a couple treats, after the first treat she smiled at me(picture Mr. Ed:)). Loved it, gave her my last treat and she smiled again. I wanted to bring her home with me. HAHA! Patrick said “not now.” We need more pets, right?!
Well, my heart will ache for a while. It needs time to heal and it will!