C. grandparents were married for 65 years. His grandfather Gil, served in the Second World War as pilot, after deciding that he was getting off too easy by teaching skiing to the troops in the home front. The family lore has it that he flew over Germany 27 times, a feat not many pilots succeeded in and returned home safe and sound.
After the war Bonnie and Gil moved to remote Kodiak Island in Alaska, had five kids and raised them in a shack with blankets for windows and very few amenities. He was a bush pilot, a teller of tales, a man of many talents, part of a family of fiddlers from Kaustinen, a town in Finland known for its folk musicians. Together he and Bonnie built a life that required the kind of resilience and adventurous spirit us younger generations can only be in awe of.
Last Tuesday morning he passed away, lighting out for his final adventure and today we travel to Seattle to say our farewells. I hope to hear lots of good stories.