S: Grandpa Sadler
BC: Created by your Mom. Inspired by your Grandpa.
FC: My Grandpa Garold "Gary" Sadler 1946 - 2011
1: They met at a dance at the Coliseum and would have been married 40 years in April. They lived on a small farm and raised 4 daughters. He was a shoulder to cry on, a partner in parenting, and a faith companion. He was her husband. He combed our snarled hair and helped us put on mom’s makeup. We had Family Friday nights of caramel popcorn, Pepsi out of bottles, and watching Dallas and Falcon Crest. He always said, “You can’t learn no younger.” We wrote IOU notes to borrow money and he never made us pay him back. He made us wooden puzzles, windsocks, Barbie houses, and sunflowers. Mister Creativity was his name. We remember the phrase as he walked us down the aisle, “We will always take you back." He was a push over when it came to his girls. He was our dad. He was thankful to them for loving his daughters. He taught them to plant corn, combine, and cultivate. He turned city boys into hard working farmers. He taught them to “Jimmy Rig” and cobble by using a little wire and some black electrical tape. He was their father-in-law..more like their dad-in-law. He loved to hold his grandchildren and make silly Donald Duck noises. He enjoyed taking them out on his tractor and teaching them to combine. He taught them “to live in the fast lane- ONLY drive a Mustang!!” He was their grandpa. He wired houses, businesses, and towns. Always on call and always ready to serve. It was his livelihood, his bread and butter, a skill he was born to do. You know, he was the first inventor of the concept of recycling. Always saving things and reinventing them. He was an electrician. He held a great conversation and was never short on words. Wise cracks, sarcasm and one liners like, “Well you see..,” were part of his nature. Seagram 7 7’s, dressing up in Halloween costumes, car cruises and partying on New Year’s Eve. He was a friend. He had more perseverance, faith, and strength than all of us. He taught us to live in the moment and to never give up hope. He was a fighter, an incredible person, and now our guardian angel. * This poem was read at Grandpa's visitation.
2: Grandpa was born on November 15th, 1946. He had 8 brothers and 4 sisters. He was an identical twin. He grew up on a farm near Dunkerton, Iowa.
4: He had to join the Army in 1966 because of the draft and served in the Vietnam War. He drove tankers. In December 2010, he tried his uniform back on and it still fit after all those years!
6: On April 24, 1971, Grandpa and Grandma were married. They were married 39 years and 8 months! Grandpa loved Grandma and always called her "Honey".
8: Grandpa was a great dad! He would do anything for us and let us do things even if Grandma said "No."
9: What did Grandpa like.... The color blue Pizza Hut pizza & barbecue ribs Ford vehicles - Mustangs Hot, spicy food Fixing things Car shows Farming
10: Grandpa could fix anything. | Grandpa knew how to have fun, make us laugh, and be silly. ! | Grandpa loved farming and teaching us how to do it. | He was an electrician. owning Sadler Electric.
11: Grandpa loved Mustangs! He had 10 real Mustangs that you could drive or he was fixing up. Grandpa and Grandma had a bedroom decorated with everything Mustang! He would go on car cruises and go to car shows. He still had the first Mustang he bought. It was a '66 white Mustang.
12: You always loved to be around Grandpa. When you were 2 years old, Grandpa was the only person you wanted to be around. You were Grandpa's girl and he loved it!
13: Grandpa loved taking you out on the farm. You went combining and loved riding the tractor with him. He even let you drive his small Mustang power wheel.
14: When we would arrive at Grandpa and Grandma's house, you would go find Grandpa and give him a hug and a kiss. You loved watching him do things and always asked a lot of questions!
15: Dad's French Dressing 1 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1 cup salad oil 1 small onion, grated 1/3 cup ketchup 1/3 cup vinegar 1 tsp celery seed Beat sugar, oil,salt, and onion with mixer @ low speed for 20 minutes, then add vinegar and celery seed. Mix until blended well. Store in refrigerator. This was Grandpa's recipe that we all loved!
18: Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free, I'm following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I've found that peace at the end of the day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things too I will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My Life's been full, I savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.