my father-in-law, clyde zettle died last wednesday (july 10, 2013). he was a truly amazing man.
a blue collar worker of relatively modest means, he was the most generous person i have ever known.
i was one of probably dozens who always got a card with cash & a note saying “go have fun” for their birthdays.
for years, clyde & his wife joanne hosted a three day party labor day weekend for their birthdays at their one bathroom cabin on camano island, WA.
this gathering included generations of family & friends. they finally had to rent porta pottys. at night you had to be careful not to trip over people sleeping on the floor.
clyde was intelligent, wise, loving & utterly without pretension. he never asked for anything more than those around him have a good time.
this doesn’t begin to say all that could be said about this special person.
the world will be a poorer place without him.
high school portrait
with first born daughter, sandra loy, me. june 1943. working in the shipyards of Portland, OR before being drafted into the air force. 20 years old.
my mother margaret and father clyde in his air force uniform.
with his father, frank.
i get to ride piggy back.
dad’s dog babe and me with easter basket
easter sunday, 1944
clyde,sister kathryn & an old flivver with suicide doors
clyde in his snowy yard, december 25, 1925
clyde with trike & his dog
clyde with his momma, jenny – july 9, 1930
clyde & kathryn in a goat cart & depression ‘bowl’ haircuts
clyde, grandpa & kathryn, easter sunday 1931
clyde grew this sunflower