Saturday, May 7, 2011


 100 years ago today my Dad was born in Chicago, the son of immigrants from Norway.  As a young man he opened a small grocery store and later he liked to tell stories about that time.  He was a good story teller.

He and Mom got married in 1935 and had 4 children.  During the war he worked for Zenith and later as a tool and die maker.  Eventually, he wanted to go into business for himself again, so my parents bought a deli and operated that for about 3 years.  The long hours were hard, so they sold the deli and bought a Hallmark card and gift store in Elgin, IL.  They loved the store and operated it for about 20 years.

Daddy loved flowers and he grew geraniums in the basement during the winter and set them out in the spring.  He also gave a lot of them away to friends.  One year he won the award for the best looking yard in town.  After he retired he kept busy with the flowers and making foot stools for piano students.

He had a great sense of humor and was really good at telling jokes.  He had a wonderful way with children too.

He loved the Lord and studied the Bible daily.  On March 28, 2001, he went home to be with the Lord.  We love you, Daddy.

1911 - 2001


  1. What a nice tribute to your Dad. What a hard working and busy man he was. Love the old photo.
    Thanks for sharing a bit of your Dad with us.

  2. Thank you for sharing your Dad with us, he sounds like a good man.

  3. Again, you are so blessed to have had such a wonderful Dad! ---"Love"

  4. Thank you for sharing the story of you dad. He sounds like a person anyone would be lucky to know. Blessings to you - I know that each year can bring a little more peace, but you still miss the ones you love.

  5. The story of America. A splendid tribute to your dad. Ann :-)