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William Shakespeare once said, “The world is a stage and we but, it’s players” And the player we are honoring today Charles Walters Zollinger is more affectionately known to me simply as “Grandpa”.
My grandpa wore everyday a khaki brown or navy blue work shirt and pants, with mid calf steel toe all leather work boots. To me as a child growing up watching this is signified more than the standard uniform of a general contractor. I saw that his boots were always laced tight and ready to work. Undoubtedly his grandchildren are the direct beneficiaries of this strong work ethic. The educations that were provided to his sons paved the way for countless opportunities, education and blessings to his grandchildren. Largely because his boots were on tied and ready to work.
I have many fond and proud memories of my grandfather. From knowing he always had coca cola and snickers on hand to how he would stoke up the perfect fire with a sawdust and gasoline mixture. It was a labor of love to build and maintain a swimming pool for his family and neighbors, that he himself never took a single stroke in. When my father was having custom wood shutters installed in our new home that my grandfather built. I was standing there when the guy told my father that he had been installing custom shutters for over 25 years and he had never until now found a home where every window was perfectly square. A poignant lesson to me that when you do work remember it has your name on it. A proud moment for me to be a Zollinger.
Not a man of many words, but his one liners are classic like “If I felt any better, i’d have to take something for it”. One a personal note which clearly demonstrates his quite, but profound presence. On the night my son was born (his first great grandchild) it was after 2:30 am and everyone had left, I awoke to feel someone patting me on the head. Not a word was spoken and I turned to see his tightly laced work boots walk out of the hospital room.
On Saturday morning his khaki work shirt was draped over the recliner with an I VOTED sticker and an American flag pin over the pocket. His work boots were untied and he is ready to rest from his labors. Like stated Paul in 2 Timothy 4: 6-7 “The time of my departure is now at hand. I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the Faith. It is now time for us to lace up our boots and continue his legacy.
Funeral Talk by: Magan Zollinger Baldwin