Good Bye Grandpa

A week ago I said my last goodbye to my Grandfather (my mom’s dad) it was very sudden and unexpected. I had the honor to preside over his funeral. It was very hard on me. I loved my grandfather so much. When preparing my sermon I realized how much of him I have in me.

At the service there was a great cool wind that blew off his blanket and moccasins. I placed the blanket over my shoulders and held tight to moccasins. I could feel his embrace letting me know it was going to be all right. It was a perfect service. I will miss my grandfather. He meant so much to me.Here was a piece of Liturgy I found in Gifts Of Many Cultures

Grandfather by Shirley Crawford

Grandfather sings, I dance.

Grandfather speaks I listen.

Now I sing, who will listen?

I speak, who will listen?

Grandfather hunts, I learn.

Grandfather fishes, I clean.

Now I hunt, who will learn?

I fish, who will clean?

Grandfather dies, I weep.

Grandfather buried, I am left alone.

When I am dead, who will cry?

When I am buried, who will be alone?

Naming of my Grandfather

Gerald Dean Bushyhead passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 74.

Gerald was born on April 13, 1941 in Jay, OK, the son of the late Gordon Bushyhead and Fannie Harris. Gerald attended Stanley Schools, Allison Junior High and West High School in Wichita, KS. Gerald married Patricia Doramus on August 15, 1958 in Wichita, KS. Gerald retired from Aerospace Industry after 44 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Norman Bushyhead.

Gerald is survived by his wife Patricia of the home. One daughter Pam Bushyhead of Miami, OK and her husband Monty Franks; three sons: Dennis Bushyhead and his wife Debbie of Chouteau, OK, Dave Bushyhead and his wife Robin of Skiatook, OK and Mike Bushyhead and his wife Kendra of Tulsa; two sisters Barbara Harshberger of Wichita, KS and Marilyn Kindsvatter and her husband Kent of Wichita, KS; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.

I was blessed to know him. Good bye Grandpa.

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