He was a husband, father, brother, friend and mentor that can only be described as Steve Reed. If you knew him you knew that he was larger than life. You never knew what to expect to come out of his mouth, or what off the wall song he would start singing. His knowledge of random facts would challenge anyone that claimed to be a trivial pursuit connoisseur.
His children were the pride of his life. He couldn't help but brag any and every chance that he got. Family and freinds meant the world to him. He would gladly volunteer his services (which really meant his sons would do the work as he "supervised"). He bestowed wisdom on anyone and everyone that he met, whether they wanted it or not! :)
Then came the grandchildren. He couldn't keep buttons on his shirt because of the overwhelming amount of joy and pride he had in them. He loved them fiercely. (Some think more than his actual kids, since he got to sugar them up and then send them home). He took every opportunity to spend afternoons watching Monster Trucks with them, and sharing his love of cars, trains and fishing. He took each one of them fishing where they each caught their very first fish.
We lost a great friend, father, husband and patriot. He is now truly Finer than Frog Hair, split three ways. And better than a man has a right to be.