52 Photos Week 24 Paternal
I couldn't find a picture any more paternal than my father-in-law, Wallace Glenn "Popsy" Hess.
He was the father of 12 children. Only one child died at birth. Every three or four years, they would have a family picture taken, and they would try to stand in the same place each year.
Popsy was a hard worker, sometimes working three jobs at a time to support his family. He was the Chief of Police and the Water & Sewer Superintendent at the same time. My husband was the baby of the bunch and said he didn't really get to know his father until he retired because he was working all of the time. Popsy was involved in the Mason Lodge, and was the Treasurer for the County for more years than I can remember.
All of Popsy's children were responsible individuals. They started working when they were in 8th grade and starting paying for their own school supplies.
He instilled patriotism and respect in his children. He taught them to pay it forward. Five of his seven sons became volunteer firemen, with a couple still serving. One was the Chief. Several of his grandsons are following in their father's footsteps. One of his grandsons is the current Chief.
His grandchildren are now nurses, doctors, police officers and alderman. They all deeply respected their grandfather, and he was deeply mourned by the entire city when he died.
The funeral home was packed for over 5 hours with a continuous line of people from the entire county coming to pay their respects.
Unfortunately, when Popsy died, so did the family. He was the glue that held them together. My father-in-law was very paternal. He went to every Indy 500 race with all of his boys for several years.
I was very lucky to have him in my life, and I miss him very much. He died in 1988.