In Gratefulness to a Great Grandpa

Back row: Karen, Heather, Grandpa & Grandma, Eric and Ted; Front Row: Robert Rice, Daniel, Tyler, Esther, Donald, Jonathan, James, Robert Staddon and Michael.  (Both Roberts were named after Grandpa.)
Grandpa loved his grandchildren. There wasn’t ever any doubt about that. In the following pictures and quotes we hope his undying love and encouragement will be passed on to you as well.

Grandpa's lap was the place for stories and all sorts of fun things!Way back in 1988.


We could count on Grandpa and Grandma coming for a visit when a baby was due.With Jonathan and David on one of many afternoon walks.   


Thirty happy years. As he would say:

“It’ll feel better when it stops hurtin’.”

“Everything will be A OK! Don’t worry ‘bout nutin.”

“I wouldn’t tease you!”

“A riggety jig and away we go, away we go. A-yo a-yo a-yo!”

“Not Good-bye, So-long.”


“Thank You for everything. . . . And guide, guard and direct us and draw us all into that closer walk with You. And Amen.”

". . . And Amen."


  1. James June 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    Oh what memories! Setting in the “Blue Chair” perched on Grandpa’s lap (squished in with as many others who could pile on) was always the best place to be when Grandma and Grandpa would visit. And if there is such a place as “the worst place,” it would have to be at the dinner table, setting beside Grandpa when dessert was served: one blink and you’re dessert would be gone! But, of course, you’d always get it back because, well, with a big grin he’d say “I wouldn’t tease you.” And I think I can trace my taste for pepper and raw onions to those delightful evenings too. . . What wonderful memories!

  2. Michael June 25, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    Great pictures Donald! You know, it is rare for a step dad to fully receive his step children as his own, but he truly did, and we in turn fully received him as our own grandpa. He was a real energy giver and set a real example to follow. He would tickle us, read us stories, and tell us his first hand accounts of being at the front of the front lines in WW II. Americans have a great heritage. Let us not lightly esteem it, or avoid the sacrifices required to preserve it.

  3. Crystal June 25, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. It was neat seeing what y’all looked like when you were little.
    What a blessing it must have been to have a Grandpa who truly loved and served the Lord!

  4. Eden June 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Thanks for sharing about your Grandpa. I’ sorry to hear that he won’t be around any more on this earth, but glad that he has gone to a better place!

  5. Kathryn June 27, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    So neat to see the pictures with your grandfather – all of the “little Staddons” is something we aren’t quite familiar with! 🙂
    Yet another reminder of what we have to look forward to!

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